Dozing in the sun at Kielder

A relaxed day was spent at Kielder in both nests.  The weather was gorgeous – sunny with a clear blue sky and a slight breeze.  Mrs 37 spent a long time dozing on the edge of her nest, looking around unhurriedly in between.  She eventually flew off, probably refreshed from her relaxed morning of sleeping and preening.

Both birds had been seen on Nest 1 earlier in the day, rearranging the nest, but the nest was empty for a lot of the morning.  Crows were seen sitting on nearby trees, but did not make a nuisance of themselves at all today.  Mrs YA returned to the nest for a short while, but flew off and was not seen again until early afternoon.  Her shouting on the nest was rewarded when YA flew in with a huge fish.  She claimed it immediately  and flew off to eat it.  YA stayed on the nest and moved a lot of moss around.  At one stage he was moving some moss with his beak at one side of the nest cup, while kicking more moss hard with his legs.  Moss was spraying everywhere!

Mrs 37 dozes on the edge of her nest

Mrs 37 dozes on the edge of her nest

Mrs 37 asleep with her head over her back

Mrs 37 asleep with her head over her back

In the afternoon there was much more action, with 37 coming in to hand over a fish to Mrs 37 early in the afternoon.  She immediately flew off with it.  However she was back within quarter of an hour, and there was a successful mating.

37 arrives with a fish for his mate

37 arrives with a fish for his mate

A successful mating

A successful mating

Over on Nest 1, both ospreys spent a while mantling side by side, but in a very relaxed manner.

Mantling, but seemingly at peace.

Mantling, but seemingly at peace.

Followed by more mating.

YA and Mrs YA preparing to mate again

YA and Mrs YA preparing to mate again

Throughout the day there did not appear to be any anxiety about intruders, although both pairs were looking up and checking the skies.  Perhaps the other ospreys have moved on during their migration

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One Response to Dozing in the sun at Kielder

  1. joannadailey says:

    Sally read this out to me as we were coming back from Rutland, I felt I was at Kielder watching as I heard your evocative words.

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