Wednesday at Kielder was pleasant with sunny periods, although a coolish breeze persisted; it was back to some heavy hail showers and strong winds on Thursday. On the osprey nests the females have been doing the bulk of the incubation. On Wednesday 37 continued reconstruction of Nest 2. From the image it looks like he was trying to build a cage around Mrs 37! He has done a good job building up the sides of the nest to pre-storm damage height, although the new model is a bit less tidy. Click on any of the images to enlarge them.
On Thursday morning 37 was on the nest a few times, but without fish or twigs. He seemed prepared to do his stint incubating despite the hail but Mrs 37 stayed well down on the eggs and on each visit he said farewell to her after a few minutes. On both nests the eggs haven’t been turned very often. And when they are, it is a pretty rapid push around. As the earlier post about incubation explained it is in the early days of incubating that turning is most crucial. And with the cold weather the parents are not exposing the eggs for long.
At Nest 1, YA spent most of Thursday morning in a tree near the nest. Like Mrs 37, Mrs YA was very low on the eggs. Even her head wasn’t visible at times. The ‘long shot’ camera is on a young tree and it was swaying quite wildly in the wind so watching felt a bit like being on the waves!
Elsewhere, Glesni, the new female osprey at Dyfi produced her first ever egg on Wednesday evening, great news. Also on Wednesday Tweed Valley announced their first chick had hatched, probably the first in Scotland. Congratulations to both projects.