What a day!

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.

YA tucks in to a large trout (c) Forestry Commission England

YA tucks in to a large trout
(c) Forestry Commission England

And above him on the nestcam pole was Mrs YA, presumably not hungry!

Mrs YA watches YA eat (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA watches YA eat
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Two sticks at once, 37 wants to get on with it! (c) Forestry Commission England

Two sticks at once, 37 wants to get on with it!
(c) Forestry Commission England

There was a LOT of nest scraping too.

37 works hard on the scrape started by his brother (c) Forestry Commission England

37 works hard on the scrape started by his brother
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

Back together (c) Forestry Commission England

Back together
(c) Forestry Commission England

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.

 

 

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One Response to What a day!

  1. Cirrus says:

    Very very special – I am sure we let go a collective sigh of relief. . Of course, those talons !!! have a way of getting in the way of a quick release for returning fish bits. :)

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