Ruffled feathers!

No dozing on the nests at Kielder on Thursday, it was very breezy and bits of moss and bark were being blown around Nest 1 especially. The ospreys’ feathers were definitely ruffled although more often by the wind than intruders. There were a couple of ‘incidents’when the ospreys on both nests mantled but no intruder was visible on the cams.

YA gets ready to see something off as Mrs YA mantles (c) Forestry Commission England

YA gets ready to see something off as Mrs YA mantles
(c) Forestry Commission England

It should have been a difficult day to fish with ‘white horses’ thumping against the dam wall. It seemed that way on Nest 1, with Mrs YA reduced to trying to swallow a fishtail and part of the body whole; she did that last year too. But on Nest 2 37 provided quite a large trout which Mrs 37 took away to eat. And Kielder ornithologist Martin saw an osprey hunting near the dam, go right into the water then shake his wings for a couple of minutes still on the water before he flew off with his prize.

Nest cup work occupied both pairs. Mrs YA scraped, stood and lay in the Nest 1 cup and YA did his share of scraping. It is still a bit soon for egg laying on Nest 1, but the pair mated a few times to ensure it should happen!

Mrs YA deepens the cup (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA deepens the cup
(c) Forestry Commission England

Testing for size (c) Forestry Commission England

Testing for size
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 2 Mrs 37 stood in the cup rather than lay in it, whereas after a vigorous scrape 37 again lay for some time, practising for his incubation duties. There could be an Easter egg for Nest 2 although usually Mrs 37 spends more time in the cup before laying than she did today.

37 seems to have earth stained legs (c) Forestry Commission England

37 seems to have earth stained legs
(c) Forestry Commission England

37 lying in the cup, just like yesterday (c) Forestry Commission England

37 lying in the cup, just like yesterday
(c) Forestry Commission England

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