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.
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!
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.