After all the drama on Tuesday Mrs YA (the real thing!) was on Nest 1 – with a good sized fish – when the camera streaming began . So the 26 March unringed female appears to have ben rejected by YA, as is usually the case with an established pair.
Mrs YA may have caught the fish herself because not much later YA landed with a less impressive specimen. As she was obviously uninterested, he went off with it. Once he’d eaten that he came back and tried to take the larger trout. Mrs YA was very reluctant for a few minutes, but let him have it in the end.
For the first hour or so YA and Mrs YA were very watchful and there were one or two instances of YA chasing after something, definitely an osprey on one occasion. But by 13.00 Mrs YA had a big yawn and then dozed for a few moments. Even during the ‘watchful’ phase there were a number of mating attempts. One ended when the pair nearly fell off the nest edge but most were on more stable bases, including YA’s personal favourite, the camera pole!
Nest 2 was empty much of the time although Mrs 37 appeared before 14.00. It was very blowy and quite damp in that area in the morning especially so the pair may have been in the trees around the fell.
Here are some images of the day.