Saturday was very wet at Kielder – this video clip gives a little bit of a feel for the weather. The ospreys would have found fishing tricky because the water becomes muddier and the fish tend to be well beneath the surface. At the moment, with no chicks to feed and with relatively low energy requirements from the females, two or three reasonable sized fish a day are enough to keep things ticking along.
Sunday was misty for a long time but it was noticeably warmer and in the morning especially it was very calm on the water. The Kielder males took advantage of this and both nests were supplied with fish at lunch time. This is quite unusual at the moment, often no fish deliveries are observed between 1000 and 1700, and does suggest a shortage yesterday.
On Nest 1, YA perched on a tree near the nest whilst Mrs YA feasted on the nest edge. The eggs weren’t incubated for a while but it was a warm day (relatively) and all should be well. Both adults were on or near the nest all the time. Many of you will be aware that in the last few days the male at Loch of the Lowes left the eggs for significant periods when he was incubating. He was a good father last year, so his behaviour is very strange and worrying.
On Nest 2, Mrs 37 had been incubating most of the morning but started to fidget a lot, and squawk, by about 1300. A shadow had been flying overhead shortly before which she had followed intently, almost certainly 37 because she was not alarmed. At about 1345 in flew 37 with a headless offering! Mrs 37 went off immediately and 37 settled down to incubate. A video of this event can be seen here. And click on either of the images to enlarge them.
During his time incubating 37 could be seen to be panting slightly. It was only about 14 degrees or so, but after recent weather it must have felt balmy to him!
Finally, wonderful news from Rutland Water where the Manton Bay nest has seen the first two chicks hatch within a day!