Many thanks to Amy at Kielder Castle Cafe for all the details in this report and some great screen captures.
After quite a quiet day on Thursday, today there was a lot more action on both nests. Nest 2 has been sedate compared with Nest 1. Today that was true too – ‘intruders’ of two types on Nest 1 – but the Nest 2 pair were much more present on the nest than of late. Great to see them more often.
In the morning on Nest 2 the pair mated and plenty of moss was brought in. At around 14.15 Mrs 37 was moving some of that moss around when 37 came in with a fish. ‘Nestwork’ was put on hold and off she flew with the meal. Later on in the afternoon both were on and off the nest.
Here are a couple of images of Nest 2 today.
Meanwhile over on Nest 1 poor YA was having a tough time. He has been round the nest much of the time since Mrs YA returned on 8 April and the 26 March female was ousted. Yesterday it was all pretty peaceful, but this morning a crow was a real irritant. First it was in a tree, then it was down to the nest. The cheek of it! YA chased it off but made another visit just before noon. Some images follow.
After all that bother YA sat in a tree much of the afternoon. But his challenges weren’t over yet. He’d gone out of sight. At about 16.50 an intruding osprey, probably female, landed on the nest. And stayed. YA tried to land with a fish and she tried to take it! YA wasn’t pleased to see her as the image below shows. More on her tomorrow if we can read the ring number.