The Forestry Commission have an Easter Egg Trail from Kielder Castle this weekend, but osprey lovers would be more thrilled to see an egg on an osprey nest than in the woods!
With sunny and fairly warm weather all weekend both pairs of ospreys spent a long time on the respective nests preening, dozing, fiddling with the nest decor and mating.
On Saturday there was a bit of mantling on both nests. But the lengthiest session was on Nest 2. At just after noon Mrs 37 (who was on her own at the time) looked agitated, then mantled furiously. The reason became clear – another osprey, unringed, landed on HER nest! The intruder had a good look around as Mrs 37 shouted, flapped and eventually took to the air. The intruder followed almost immediately. Here are screenshots from the event.
On Sunday it was nowhere near as stressful on Nest 2. Early in the morning the pair dozed in the sun.
On both nests the females scraped in the cup.
Mrs YA also tried lying in the cup. She’s just getting down on her haunches in the shot below.
A fish delivery by 37 just after 14.00 was welcome and Mrs 37 went off to eat. As ever, 37 fiddled with bark and moss and scraped. He also had another few minutes lying in the cup. He’s ready to incubate those eggs!