Crack on with it!

Another day with no clear sign that hatching is imminent at Kielder, even though on Nest 1 it was the 39th day since the first egg was laid. However it rained on both nests until mid afternoon so not the best day for a hatch.

On Nest 1 Mrs YA was sitting when the camera stream came on and it was a few minutes before a brief glimpse of the eggs indicated there was no chick. There was some excitement soon after when an intruding osprey hovered over the nest – it was unringed. The unringed Mrs 37 was on Nest 2, so not her. No sign of YA to help see off the curious visitor.

An intruder hovers over Nest 1 to Mrs YA's intense displeasure (c) Forestry Commission England

An intruder hovers over Nest 1 to Mrs YA’s intense displeasure
(c) Forestry Commission England

But YA was near the nest for much of the morning and incubated for a short time.

YA stands up after incubating  (c) Forestry Commission England

YA stands up after incubating
(c) Forestry Commission England

At about 08.00 the Wildlife Ranger saw YA take a fish to the nest; a second was delivered at about 15.00 and Mrs YA went off with it immediately.

Mrs YA leaves with a fish (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA leaves with a fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

A glimmer of hope that hatching could be near came when YA literally jumped back as he was about to sit on the eggs. Was he startled by pipping? He took a while to get down, turning the eggs several times and looking at them intently. Mrs YA returned with fish, which was left on the nest as she took over. She shuffled the eggs frequently, but no cracks could be discerned.

On Nest 2 Mrs 37 did most of the incubation but was happy to leave the nest with a fish to eat elsewhere. Like Mrs YA, she brought it back to the nest when she resumed incubation.

Mrs 37 feeds on the nest edge before taking the fish away. (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 feeds on the nest edge before getting back on the eggs
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

One image captured when 37 was about to do a shift looks like he was trying to form an umbrella for the eggs!

37 shields the eggs from rain! (c) Forestry Commission England

37 ‘shields’ the eggs from rain!
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

 

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