After recent windy, cold and ‘damp’ weather Thursday turned out to be pleasant for the Kielder ospreys. Both nests had frequent changes in incubator, particularly Nest 2 during the morning. 37 certainly seems to like to do his fair share although he is a bit of a fidget! He has no sooner settled on the eggs than he is tugging on pieces of bark or flicking a bit of moss to one side. There were some companionable moments on Nest 2; the non-incubating bird would land on the nest for no apparent purpose and the pair would survey the terrain. Regular readers will spot that 37 has built up his latticework of sticks during the past few days. Although it is not quite to the standard of his pre-storm efforts, he gets a big tick!
On Nest 1 there doesn’t appear to be as much togetherness. The wide view camera didn’t spot the ‘other half’ in the trees near the nest, although there are nearby perches out of shot. When Mrs YA is on the eggs her dark head can make her hard to spot if she is face on to the camera. Click to enlarge the image and find her!
The cool weather could delay the hatching of the eggs slightly although all the ospreys are very prompt at covering up the eggs when they take over incubating. The start of June is the likeliest ‘first hatch date’ for Nest 2, with Nest 1 a week or so behind.
Our males’ parents’ second egg hatched on Wednesday morning, so further congratulations to Glaslyn. Just one to go for them!