The return of the established partners for Nests 1 and 2 early today was a delight. The behaviour since has been very rewarding to observe, particularly for Nest 2.
Nest 1 first. After the intruder incident on Nest 2 yesterday YA appeared from field observations to have returned to Nest 1. Just as well he was there for Mrs YA’s return – she is quite a hefty female and YA is small, even for a male.
Unfortunately there are few images to show because the re-united couple chose to be off the nest for most of the morning. A couple of screen grabs illustrate this – first, YA is on the edge eating.
And above him on the nestcam pole was Mrs YA, presumably not hungry!
The pair were on and around the nest until a technical problem intervened in the afternoon.
On Nest 2 it was all action on the nest for most of the day after 37 landed. Despite just having returned from migration – even if only from Iberia or France – 37 displayed LOADS of energy! Here he comes down with two sticks in his talons.
There was a LOT of nest scraping too.
37 tried to mate with the female on a number of occasions. At first she accepted him, ie raised her tail, but over the day there were some mixed messages! A trout went back and forth between the pair for a while. Here Mrs 37 brings the half eaten trout back.
Although somtimes getting that fish is harder than others!
The couple appeared comfortable together by late afternoon.
It is a very special feeling to have both Nest 1 and Nest 2 pairs back when the weather during the migration window has been adverse on the whole. But we long for 11(98) at Glaslyn, ‘our’ Welsh born males’ father, to return too.