At Nest 2 at about 11.00 on Sunday Mrs 37 stood up and revealed she had two eggs to keep cosy! Another cool, windy and showery day at Kielder isn’t ideal for laying but better to have such weather now than when there are chicks to keep warm and fed.
At about 14.30 Mrs 37 was visited by 37 who brought a fish. Both adults were off the nest for a short time. 37 came back with at least part of the fish and ate some whilst checking he didn’t have double vision! (Click to enlarge the image.) The pair were together for a while on the nest, then 37 incubated for the best part of an hour. After he was relieved duty he flew off but came back to have another look at the eggs – and to sit on Mrs 37’s back! She ignored his advances and off he went again. But within 20 minutes he came back and took over incubating. What a good male!
Two days is the usual gap between the first two eggs. The average clutch size is three, with the third often being laid three days after the second. Last year the dates for Nest 2 were 26th and 28th April for the first two eggs – same again this year! Camera problems meant there was a gap in coverage at a crucial time last year so the date of the third egg’s arrival wasn’t known.
Meanwhile, at Nest 1 the pair were on the nest on Sunday. There is a problem with the link from the nestcam to Kielder Castle Cafe, although both the nest and security cameras are working. Field observations indicate there is the normal round of mating, sitting and squawking.