Marking time

It was a lovely day at Kielder on Tuesday. The wind had eased and it was sunny most of the time.

On Nest 1, field observations showed YA and a female, probably the dark headed one, on and around the nest. During the afternoon the female spent some time on the top of the camera pole whereas YA sat on the nest. He decided to mate and there was a precarious coupling, rather like being on a tightrope! No wonder we have problems with images from there. Afterwards YA went off to a tree to the right. Yesterday he was favouring one to the left. Both were regular perches last year.

Mrs 37 views the headless offering (c) Forestry Commission

Mrs 37 views the headless offering
(c) Forestry Commission

There are still just two eggs at Nest 2, which is normal. The female did most of the incubation today apart from a period mid morning when 37 brought a fish to the nest and his mate flew off for her snack. Since the occasion early in April when he brought a live fish to the nest he has tended to take the head off before offering Mrs 37 her share. She will approve of his recognition that thrashing tails aren’t necessarily good for eggs or small chicks. Click to enlarge the image.

What will tomorrow bring? Another egg for Nest 2 possibly, and it would be great to see Mrs YA hunkering down over something on Nest 1.

What a handsome couple (c) Forestry Commission

What a handsome couple
(c) Forestry Commission

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One Response to Marking time

  1. viv blake says:

    Thanks for the update, Joanne.

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