“Stay mean, keep them keen”

The title of this post was suggested by Amy from Kielder Castle Café as typifying YA’s tactics!

Yesterday ‘Mrs 37’ was mainly receptive to YA’s repeated attempts to copulate, although for two of the last three tries she did not raise her tail. He wasn’t seen again before streaming ended at 17.00.

This morning Nest 1 coverage resumed for a couple of hours before crashing again. It was evident that ‘someone’ had brought in a number of branches to Nest 1!

Rather more decoration on Nest 1 than yesterday! (c) Forestry Commission England

Rather more decoration on Nest 1 than yesterday!
(c) Forestry Commission England

An osprey was visible in a tree near the nest, presumably YA. Over at Nest 2 the female sat waiting on the nest for a suitor. And food, her crop looked empty.

'Mrs 37' looks hungry (c) Forestry Commission England

‘Mrs 37’ looks hungry
(c) Forestry Commission England

She moved a stick or two, scraped to form the cup and preened. Just after 10.30 YA came in with a part eaten fish.

Here comes an offering, perhaps.... (c) Forestry Commission England

Here comes an offering, perhaps….
(c) Forestry Commission England

Then mantled over it.

YA wasn't going to give the trout up (c) Forestry Commission England

…YA wasn’t going to give the trout up
(c) Forestry Commission England

‘Mrs 37’ shouted but YA was unmoved and flew off with it. The ‘mean’ approach!

A few minutes later he returned and handed over the trout which ‘Mrs 37’ flew off with to eat elsewhere.

This time YA offers the trout (c) Forestry Commission England

This time YA offers the trout
(c) Forestry Commission England

Whilst she was gone YA brought some sticks and twigs to the nest and scraped a few times. ‘Mrs 37’ returned at just after noon with the remains of the trout. After a couple of minutes she showed her appreciation to YA for the meal!

The fish remained on the nest for over an hour and the pair became more companionable, sitting together at the edge.

Bonding (c) Forestry Commission England

Bonding
(c) Forestry Commission England

Both were on and off the nest during the afternoon although usually one was present. They tussled over stick placement and each of them gave the other a whack with a couple of long twigs brought by YA. After he had landed on her with one of them!

Not the best landing (c) Forestry Commission England

Not the best landing
(c) Forestry Commission England

So quite a domestic afternoon.

Field observations late in the afternoon did not reveal an osprey in the Nest 1 area. Many more ospreys are being seen flying up the UK and more well known birds are back, for example Odin, the Loch Garten male, who arrived in the early hours at his nest. We hope tomorrow will bring 37 (and his father at Glaslyn) and the Nest 1 female. It is perhaps surprising that YA did not encourage ‘Mrs 37’ to move to his own nest – maybe he thinks he can sustain two females and young. This can happen occasionally but usually fails, as it did at Aberfoyle last year.

Finally here is a link to a video of ‘Mrs 37’ returning yesterday, and the key events that followed.

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One Response to “Stay mean, keep them keen”

  1. Cirrus says:

    All these floosie males :) there’s another just arrived at Dyfi having it off with Blue 24 (hurry home you husbands and wives)

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