Look who’s dropped in with a fish!

The Kielder weather on Saturday was misty and drizzly all morning, brightening up marginally after lunch. But the sun shone in Kielder Castle Cafe when Yellow 37 dropped onto his nest at 14.02! He had a fish and mantled over it, looking around. It isn’t clear if there was a threat or if he was just making sure any birds around knew the nest belongs to him.

He flew off briefly then back down a couple more times before 14.30, still hanging onto the fish but not mantling.

A thrill for a Cafe full of customers.

Here are some screen grabs from the first visit.

 

Yellow 37 has just landed on Nest 2 with a fish (c) Forestry Commission England

Yellow 37 has just landed on Nest 2 with a fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mantling over his meal (c) Forestry Commission England

Mantling over his meal
(c) Forestry Commission England

Leaving after about 1.5 minutes Forestry Commission England

Leaving after about 1.5 minutes
Forestry Commission England

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8 Responses to Look who’s dropped in with a fish!

  1. Mary G. Kerr says:

    So delighted for you Joanna and the Team. Wishing you a good season with healthy chicks.

  2. joannadailey says:

    Thanks, Mary. Wonderful to see him back, complete with lunch!

  3. Eizabeth says:

    Brilliant – both nests “occupied”. Would we now expect them both to wait for last year’s partner or will they take up with whoever happens to drop by?

  4. joannadailey says:

    Last year Yellow 37 was back over a week before his usual female and he had a couple of flings with passing females. But when his mate returned the other females weren’t seen again. That is not unusual. Normally a long term bond is the more powerful pull.
    At the moment at Loch of the Lowes the male has been back a while and is going so far as to build another nest very near the original one with a female who has caught his eye. It will be interesting to see what happens there. Last year he was mating with a female (but on the ‘home’ nest) when the resident female returned and the newcomer left immediately. Before you ask, males can’t usually sustain 2 nests although it does occasionally happen!

  5. Vivien Finn says:

    Great news, Joanna and thank you for the photos. Good to see him back safe. His parents have spent quite a lot of time together today. Mating frequently and even sharing adjacent feeding trees away from the nest. All the best for a successful breeding year at Kielder.

    • joannadailey says:

      Thanks, Vivien. Yes, it was a huge relief seeing that faded yellow ring on him as he landed. Like his Glaslyn parents, he spends a lot of time with the female and is happy incubating, feeding the chicks etc. White YA less so.

      Looking forward to more great posts and photos on the Glaslyn website; eggs to admire later in the week we hope.

  6. Sandra Bainbridge says:

    Great news Joanna, now come on YA and Yellow (37) female :)

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