Nothing much happening at Nest 2…. and then there was an egg!

Nest 2 has been relatively quiet during the last few days. Early last week there were several intruder incidents but no bird was visible on the nestcam. The frequency of these incidents has tailed off.

As the routine of housekeeping on the nest, mating, preening and eating continued one of the few excitements was 37 accidentally demolishing part of the nest as he flew off! Mrs 37 didn’t look pleased.

37 sends several sticks flying (c) Forestry Commission England

37 sends several sticks flying
(c) Forestry Commission England

37 has been indulging in plenty of cup scraping – usually when Mrs 37 is off the nest, but in the image below she supervises.

Mrs 37 watches 37 make the cup ever deeper (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 watches 37 make the cup ever deeper
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 has been lying in the cup for a few minutes most days. This was 17 April.

Mrs 37 tries out the cup (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 tries out the cup
(c) Forestry Commission England

But today when on the nest she was mostly standing to the side or rear of that area; this shot was at about 12.30. It was dull and quite chilly in the wind most of the day and she was off the nest more than she has been lately.

Mrs 37  (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 day dreams
(c) Forestry Commission England

However at some time before 16.00 she went into the cup and shortly after an egg was visible! There will be images tomorrow of the moment the egg was first seen.

Meanwhile, on Nest 1 YA did several stints of incubating today. Both he and Mrs YA tucked moss round the egg at times and it became impossible to see when they stood to turn it. But then the act of turning it would reveal it to human eyes.

All the images above can be enlarged by clicking on them.

This short video shows Mrs YA bringing some moss in and YA welcoming her back to the nest.

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