When White YA got back to his nest today he and Mrs YA started mantling within moments. YA went to the nest edge, still mantling, then flew off. An osprey flashed across the screen! Was it his brother, or White EB? Freeze frame analysis revealed an unringed male. Another visitor to Kielder! YA was soon back and did some stick shuffling and nest cup scraping. He and Mrs YA spent time together on the nest or one of them on the nest, the other in a tree or on top of the camera pole. Then YA went off, returning with a fish at about 14.00. Mrs YA took it into a corner and ate whilst YA fiddled about with moss and bark and eyed her up. Mrs YA tucked in for about 30 minutes. Then YA tried to mate; it was unsuccessful although Mrs YA was quite receptive and tilted her tail up. YA is obviously out of practice! There was another attempt but YA hasn’t got back on form. Yet. He ate the piece of fish Mrs YA hadn’t eaten -to get his strength up?!
They were together until about 15.20 then YA flew off. Time to catch another fish maybe.
Over on Nest 2,Yellow 37 wasn’t on his own for long. It wasn’t his usual mate but White EB who appeared! And 37 and she seemed to have a tussle ove a fish before he eventually let her have it. Caught in his talons perhaps. She ate almost all of it. Then he attempted to mate. White EB is not being receptive and on more than one occasion nearly got knocked off the nest edge. But she is staying on the nest and helping 37 with nestoration.
Yesterday’s blog ended with a plea for White YA to get back. This time, come back Mrs 37!
Here is a link to a video of White YA’s landing. Below are some screenshots.