No Easter egg at Kielder yet!

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.

Working hard together on Nest 2 (c) Forestry Commission England

Working hard together on Nest 2
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Something is worrying Mrs 37 (c) Forestry Commission England

Something is worrying Mrs 37
(c) Forestry Commission England

Here's the problem! (c) Forestry Commission England

Here’s the problem!
(c) Forestry Commission England

the intruder looks around (c) Forestry Commission

The intruder looks around as Mrs 37 stands behind
(c) Forestry Commission England

intruder leaves just after Mrs 37 has flown

The intruder leaves immediately after Mrs 37 flew away (c) Forestry Commission England

On Sunday it was nowhere near as stressful on Nest 2. Early in the morning the pair dozed in the sun.

Enjoying the sun (c) Forestry Commission England

Enjoying the sun
(c) Forestry Commission England

On both nests the females scraped in the cup.

Mrs 37 scraping (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 scraping
(c) Forestry Commission England

And here's Mrs YA's effort (c) Forestry Commission England

And here’s Mrs YA’s effort
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA also tried lying in the cup. She’s just getting down on her haunches in the shot below.

Is it a comfy cup? (c) Forestry Commission England

Is it a comfy cup?
(c) Forestry Commission England

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!

37 has dropped a fish off (c) Forestry Commission England

37 has dropped a fish off
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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2 Responses to No Easter egg at Kielder yet!

  1. Amy says:

    Come on Ospreys hurry up and lay !

  2. joannadailey says:

    Too true, Amy! Here we are ready and waiting and they just sit in the sun!

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