Lovely weather for preparing for eggs

Blue skies and water sandwiching green forested hills – a lovely setting for the Kielder ospreys to get ready for egg time in the sunshine and light breeze.

Both pairs mated frequently in the morning.

Mating on Nest 1 (c) Forestry Commission England

Mating on Nest 1
(c) Forestry Commission England

37 approaches the nest from below (c) Forestry Commission England

37 approaches the nest from below before mating
(c) Forestry Commission England

In between they preened, scraped the cup and fiddled with moss, bark and twigs as ospreys do.

Synchronised preening on Nest 2 (c) Forestry Commission England

Synchronised preening on Nest 2
(c) Forestry Commission England

Around lunchtime there was a lull, although both females were back on their nests by 14.15.

By later afternoon Nest 1 had been mostly empty but Mrs 37 spent time on Nest 2. 37 was probably on top of the camera pole as she looked up a lot, telling him something on occasion. Hungry maybe? Although she didn’t mantle she looked agitated a couple of times and was following something flying around the area.

Mrs 37 stares intently at the camera pole (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 stares intently at the camera pole
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 1, YA landed with most of a fish shortly before 16.00 and Mrs YA went off to a nearby tree whilst YA did some more scraping. The pair are surrounding the cup with moss but not going so far as building up a nest edge!

Mrs YA snatches the fish from YA - and nearly his foot too! (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA snatches the fish from YA – and nearly his foot too!
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 2 Mrs 37 very gratefully accepted a fish delivery; she seemed peckish. She flew off and 37 messed about with bark for a couple of minutes but then Mrs 37 landed (with fish) and both ospreys looked very alarmed. There was something flying bothering them, at times they ducked, but no view or even shadow gave a clue to the species. Probably osprey although 37 didn’t leave the nest to chase it away, as he usually does. After almost 30 minutes things calmed down and Mrs 37 tucked into the trout on the nest before taking it away again.

Mrs 37 returns to the nest with fish as something unsettles the pair (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 returns to the nest with fish as something unsettles the pair
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

 

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2 Responses to Lovely weather for preparing for eggs

  1. Perhaps not building up the nest sides is so that we get a good view of eggs and ultimately, babies.

    • joannadailey says:

      Like your optimism, ViV! The cup for the eggs actually looks a bit deeper this year which is good news for protection for the eggs, yet humans should still get good views. And hopefully Mrs YA will be more attuned to the requirements of motherhood than last year. The ospreys have managed to destroy quite a bit of the extra material the Ranger built on the top side of the nest as you look at it, whereas we’d hoped they would build on that!

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