Where are those eggs?

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.

Mrs 37 struggles with a chunky stick (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 struggles with a chunky stick
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

YA and Mrs YA v crow (c) Forestry Commission England

YA and Mrs YA v raven
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA v crow (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA v raven
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Mrs YA hauls the moss around the cup area (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA hauls the moss around the cup area
(c) Forestry Commission England

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3 Responses to Where are those eggs?

  1. thehutts says:

    Egg laying on April 26th would be exciting for anyone planning on coming to the Kielder Castle Osprey Weekend event Joanna but like you I wish they would get on with it. Thanks to the Rutland team of staff and volunteers who gave up their precious time from me as well. Sally

  2. David Erskine says:

    Actually it is a Raven Real nasty furniture. fortunatly nothing there for it as yet

    • thehutts says:

      So it is David – in all the excitement of eggs we didn’t spot that. I thought I heard Ravens when I was in the Bakethin bird hide but that is quite a way from nest 1. Thanks for pointing that out. Sally

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