The boring domestic stuff!

After the excitement for humans of seeing the Aberfoyle osprey at Kielder yesterday, for our ospreys it was probably rather a relief to get back to a day of domesticity. If a very breezy one!

Nest 2 was quiet again with just a couple of visits by 37 to tidy his domain caught on camera. But most of the attention was on Nest 1 after yesterday, and unfortunately it isn’t possible to see both nest streams at once so action may have been missed.

On Nest 1 when streaming started Mrs YA was on the nest doing some fiddling with bark and twigs, shouting occasionally and lying in the nest cup. She was in the cup quite a bit during the day. It is far too early for her to have formed eggs but she is regularly trying out the comfort of the scraped out area. At 09.45 YA landed with a fish and Mrs YA took it straight away. YA did a bit of earth shovelling in the cup as she ate, and generally roamed the nest. After a while he tried to mate even though Mrs YA was still eating.

By late morning Mrs YA had allowed YA take the fish away and she’d dozed for a bit. He brought the fish remnant back then both did a bit more work on the nest. The large branch YA had brought in a couple of days back was quite challenging to both of them and finally it somehow got pushed over the edge!

The pair were on or near the nest most of the day and at times looked fairly alert, but there were no crow or osprey incursions today.

Here are some images from a peaceful day.

Here comes a late breakfast (c) Forestry Commission England

Here comes a late breakfast
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA was on or near the nest most of the day; Mrs YA gets on with eating (c) Forestry Commission England

YA was on or near the nest most of the day; Mrs YA gets on with eating
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA spent time on and off during the day sitting in the area the eggs will be laid (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA spent time during the day sitting in the area the eggs will be laid
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA struggles with the branch (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA struggles with the branch
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA finds the branch tricky too (c) Forestry Commission England

YA finds the branch tricky too
(c) Forestry Commission England

The branch is now over the edge as YA stands in the nest cup. His brother wouldn't be impressed! (c) Forestry Commission England

The branch is now over the edge as YA stands in the nest cup. His brother wouldn’t be impressed!
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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