On a drizzly Friday morning the Nest 1 pair stuck pretty tight on the sole egg. The early excitement occurred when a pesky crow got too near the nest. YA was incubating when Mrs YA landed, looking around. The pair tracked something across the sky, then a crow taunted them on a fly by. YA wasn’t going to chase it and put that egg at risk.
We didn’t see the egg at first as it was under the rim of the cup, but eventually we had a glimpse as YA prepared to hand over to Mrs YA.
Then another view under Mrs YA.
Mrs YA was on the egg for just over three hours, moving it at regular intervals to ensure even incubation. During that time YA appeared on a tree behind the nest and was eating. When he landed on the nest he was just out of sight and as Mrs YA tugged the trout from him customers at Kielder Castle Cafe gasped; it was a very sizeable fish! Off Mrs YA flew and YA settled down for a long shift in the heavier rain.