On Wednesday at Kielder the weather had reverted to windy and showery from yesterday’s sunny calm, but this didn’t deter the female osprey on Nest 2 from laying her third egg! Staff at Kielder Castle Cafe thought they glimpsed it around 11.00am or so, but confirmation came at just after 12.30pm when Mrs 37 returned to the nest to relieve 37 from incubating the clutch. As he flew off, a very pale third egg could be seen nestling against the others. So unlike weather forecasts some of the time, this blog was correct in anticipating the arrival! Usually three eggs is the ‘full set’ but four are not unknown, as has occurred at Loch of the Lowes.
Mrs 37 and 37 swapped duties occasionally, and turned the eggs regularly to ensure even incubation.
So now attention turns to the laggards at Nest 1! There is still no sign of egglaying. Problems with the nestcam mean field monitoring is key to spotting a change in behaviour. Fortunately the security cameras are unaffected.