Despite the Forestry Commission Radio Branch being unable to rectify all the problems with kit on Friday, on Saturday there was an intermittent feed to Kielder Castle Cafe of jerky images from Nest 2. But at such a crucial time, anything is very welcome!
It looks as though no egg will hatch until at least Sunday. On Saturday the parents took it in turns to incubate well into the afternoon. Most females would not be relaxed about letting the male incubate if hatching was imminent, and neither osprey was listening to the eggs. Once Mrs 37 took quite a long look as she returned from a rest, but that was it for any behaviour indicative of a chick tapping on the shell and ‘pipping’.
Both ospreys fiddled with bark and moss, dozed gently or preened when they were on the eggs. The brief glimpses of the eggs – both parents were quick to change over even though it was pleasantly warm – did not provide any sign of movement, cracks or holes pierced by the egg tooth although one egg was mainly hidden.
It was wonderful to see 37 and Mrs 37 apparently enjoying better weather and getting themselves ready for the busy time ahead when there are hungry chicks to satisfy. And the forecast is still fairly reasonable for the next few days. Click on any of the images to enlarge them.