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