YA had a busy morning at Kielder. When the nestcam stream began he was on the nest and had brought a small clump of dead grass in at some point earlier. He was ‘chipping’ and looking around but soon flew up to a favourite tree. It was hard to see him through thin mist but the skies cleared and he flew off. The next sighting was on his brother’s nest several miles away! He stayed there about 10 minutes.
In previous years 37 has returned first and has been seen on YA’s nest whilst waiting for (or looking for!) a mate. This is the first time we have recorded YA on another nest. He fiddled with sticks whilst there!
Later in the morning he brought in some moss to his own nest.
Then some mixed sizes of branches and twigs.
YA had a busy time moving the furniture to and fro. Here is a video of typical effort.
He was absent from both cameras for an hour or so and when he flew past the ‘long shot’ one a fish was visible beneath him. He went to a tree rather than the nest and stayed there for over three hours until the streaming stopped.
No sign of any other returners to Kielder today, despite calm if mainly overcast weather.