A very early egg for Kielder!

Without very much warning from behaviour during the morning at soon after 13.15 Mrs YA started to show all the signs that an egg was imminent. She lay down and was panting and ‘chipping’. She pushed, propelling herself further forward at the same time then stood to reveal…

First sight of the egg (c) Forestry Commission England

First sight of the egg
(c) Forestry Commission England

“Did I do this?” Mrs YA seems to ask! The egg was laid at 13.23.

Did I do this? (c) Forestry Commission England

Did I do this?
(c) Forestry Commission England

Then she made sure all was well with the precious egg.

Just making sure it is fine (c) Forestry Commission England

Just making sure it is fine
(c) Forestry Commission England

As this was drafted YA saw the egg for the first time. More later.

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6 Responses to A very early egg for Kielder!

  1. Fantastic, and she only arrived home 8 days ago. How long is it usually between first mating and the appearance of an egg? Could she have mated en route?

  2. joannadailey says:

    7-14 days has been quoted as a guide to the time between a pair mating successfully and an egg appearing, Viv. The Osprey Projects with best stats show slightly more of a gap sometimes occurs as do our limited Kielder stats. Last year YA/Mrs YA took 16 days, this year 8.

    It is highly doubtful that an osprey would mate en route; the courtship rituals and a nest would almost certainly both be lacking.

  3. Jackie Green says:

    Great news, the first of many!

  4. Joyce Rawlings says:

    Wonderful news!! This is just the start!!

  5. Sandra Bainbridge says:

    Fabulous news the first egg of many. Amazing you have 2 males from Glaslyn, Onwards and upwards.

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