More bits and pieces!

Another quiet period on the nests at Kielder over the Bank Holiday weekend and beyond.

One interesting event was when a swallow zipped around Nest 1 on Monday, presumably catching flies. Mrs YA was unconcerned by the small visitor although she watched the aerobatics! Here is a video of it.

A swallow zips around (c) Forestry Commission England

A swallow zips around
(c) Forestry Commission England

Ants have been noticeable crawling on the eggs when they have been uncovered. It may be the better quality of the nestcams this year but they haven’t been seen at Kielder previously. The adults don’t seem bothered by them.

The females appear to be doing slightly more of the incubation duty as the time for hatching draws near. Mrs YA was on the eggs until late on Sunday afternoon: at one point they were exposed for nearly 10 minutes when she went to sit on a tree. YA was on a tree just by the nest, keeping guard.

Mrs YA arrives back after a 10 minute break (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA arrives back after a 10 minute break
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 was part way through a long stint on Monday just before 14.00 when her attention was caught by something flying around overhead. She didn’t mantle or call so it was possibly 37. She was looking directly at the camera pole at one point so he may have landed there.

Mrs 37 looks up at the camera pole (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 looks up at the camera pole
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 looking up, probably at 37 (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 looking up, probably at 37
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

She was quite fidgety later on in the afternoon. She got up and moved the eggs several times over a half an hour period. The move to the new platform means we aren’t sure when eggs were laid but we think it was soon after 24 April. So they shouldn’t be hatching for a few more days. Nevertheless, when the females are doing more incubating and then they start getting fidgety, so do the human observers!

Mrs 37 steps off the eggs during her fidgety period - no cracks visible! (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 steps off the eggs during her fidgety period – no cracks visible!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Late in the afternoon 37 came in with a fish, which Mrs 37 took away to eat.

Mrs 37 takes hold of tea! (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 takes hold of tea!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Again on Tuesday morning Mrs 37 did the bulk of the incubating but 37 took over for a time at lunchtime.

37 prepares to incubate (c) Forestry Commission England

37 prepares to incubate
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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