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!
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.
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.