With most of the ‘public’ osprey nest sites having eggs it is getting a bit frustrating for human observers at Kielder! However, it hasn’t been smooth sailing with all the eggs as constant intrusion on Rutland Water‘s Manton Bay nest has almost certainly resulted in the eggs being unviable. Some of the Kielder Osprey team were given a great time there last week; our sincere thanks to Tim and the Rutland Osprey Project team.
The Kielder Nest 2 pair had produced eggs by this stage after their reunion in 2012 and 2013. However – maybe a certain date is significant for them, because 26 April was the ‘first egg’ date in both those years. Today there was little sign egg laying is near; the pair were seldom on the nest although more sticks and moss were brought in.
On Nest 1 there was a lot more presence on or near the nest. There was a ‘raven v osprey’ standoff in the morning, with a cheeky raven landing on a branch of the tree or the nest.
Later in the day Mrs YA had a go at sorting out the nest cup area, moving a big piece of moss around, scraping and generally tidying as YA looked on from a tree. An image below, a short video of her efforts here.