Dull day at Kielder

After a lovely sunny four day Easter period, Tuesday was misty, drizzly and dull at Kielder. Mainly dull nest monitoring too, even for the most avid osprey lover, because the ospreys were absent for large parts of the day. No Easter egg(s) and maybe none for a couple more days.

On sunny Monday there was action on the nests but no signs of imminent eggs, eg the females lying in the cup for some time. On Nest 1 when YA brought a fish in and Mrs YA took it he mated with her immediately; the same happened on Tuesday!

YA mates on Monday whilst Mrs YA is thinking mainly of fish (c) Forestry Commission

YA mates on Monday whilst Mrs YA is thinking mainly of fish
(c) Forestry Commission

Groundhog day on Tuesday (c) Forestry Commission England

Groundhog day on Tuesday
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 2 on Monday there was a bit of mating and a lot of nest work. 37 brought in a huge bit of moss which would have completely filled the cup; Mrs 37 was not impressed when it was dumped and tried to drag it across the nest before resorting to tearing manageable chunks off. The wind took care of one very large bit, fortunately, and over the edge it blew. Later there was some major dropping off of sticks which Mrs 37 used to create a barricade between herself and the camera before spreading them more evenly.

37 has landed with a piece of moss almost as big as him (c) Forestry Commission England

37 has landed with a piece of moss almost as big as him
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 hauls the moss across the nest (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 hauls the moss across the nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 barricades herself in the cup! (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 barricades herself in the cup!
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Tuesday the main entertainment was when Mrs YA decided to try and swallow a stringy bit of fish skin and tail whole; regular readers may remember she has a habit of trying this. She had to give up after a bit, resorting to more dainty behaviour.

Mrs YA could do with arms to help stuff the fish into her mouth! (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA could do with arms to help stuff the fish into her mouth!
(c) Forestry Commission England

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One Response to Dull day at Kielder

  1. It may have been a dull day at Kielder but you’ve given us an interesting post. Thanks Joanna.

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