The last post about Nests 1 and 2 mentioned the forecast of poor weather today. It was correct. Heavy rain from before dawn until after 15.00 resulted in another display of solid incubation by the females. YA did try to take his turn on Nest 1 but Mrs YA had only been gone a few minutes before she returned and dropped a stick on his head!
He took the hint and departed. Apart from the odd comfort break and very few shuffles of the eggs Mrs YA just laid low.
Here is a video of Mrs YA leaving for the comfort break before YA took over; as she flies a shower of droplets can be seen.
Over on Nest 2 Mrs 37 did not have even a five minute break, although 37 brought her two fish yesterday to build her up! Nest 2 is at a higher elevation so more exposed than Nest 1; the wind picked up during the day and when Mrs 37 tried to get up after a gust or two had blown a stick across the nest this happened.
But the weather did improve late in the day and the resolute females may have received a trout reward for their diligence before sunset. They deserve it.
The forecast for tomorrow at Kielder isn’t very good either. But then it should pick up for a couple of days. We hope.