Things quietened down on Thursday at Kielder to a degree. No new ospreys noticed on the cameras, no Mrs 37 returning yet to Nest 2, so White EB from Tweed Valley is still hanging about. Tweed Valley are checking her history, so look out for more about her.
Yellow 37 brought her a reasonably large fish at about 13.15. No difficult handover today, and off she flew to eat nearby. As is his wont, 37 indulged in some nest cup scraping. When he stands in the cup it is so deep his rings are no longer visible. Just ease off, 37, or we won’t be able to see the beautiful osprey eggs we hope someone will lay! He tried to mate with White EB several times. Although they seem to be getting on well she is still resolutely keeping her tail down when 37 lands on her back.
On Nest 1, YA and Mrs YA Edit: the 26/3 osprey is not the 2013 female, who arrived on 8 April were around on and off in the morning but mainly Mrs YA was on the top of the nestcam pole. The long shot camera proved handy – YA flew in and tried to mate several times. The year he arrived at Kielder mating attempts on the pole were seen in an early field monitoring session on that nest. Must be his signature trait! He didn’t bring a fish in until just after 14.00 and it was much smaller than 37’s gift for White EB; Mrs YA took it off into the corner. YA fiddled with twigs and bark. He did not try to mate when she had finished. She went over and stood by him in the corner of the nest. They looked very at home together but big brother 37 would probably have been more ‘romantic’!
Later it was back to the pole routine for YA. Whatever turns an osprey on!
Here are some images from the day.