Both females at Kielder spent quite a bit of time standing or sitting in the cups of their respective nests on Sunday. Especially Mrs 37 and she should be first to lay having arrived home earlier than Mrs YA. Also she hasn’t had to contend with interruptions to courtship from Scottish females! However an egg would be very early by Nest 2 standards, 14-17 days being the normal gap between pairing up again and an egg being laid. 37 and she mated quite often today although she was not always receptive to him. This was the case just after 15.00. 37 landed with a tiny twig and the pair moved small items around the cup. They then had a ‘chat’, taking turns to say their piece. 37 tried to mate but the female kept her tail down – maybe she’d been suggesting some trout would be appreciated as no meal had been seen all day! 37 flew off and she returned to sitting in the cup.
On Nest 1 in the morning Mrs YA stood in the cup but didn’t lie down in the incubating position as she has done in the last couple of days. YA landed and they mated a few times. Mrs YA left the nest in the afternoon. YA sat on the camera pole for a while until a crow landed on the nest; he flew down to chase it off and it responded by going onto the pole! Not for long, though.
Here are a couple of images from Nest 2 today.