It was the sunniest and warmest day of the year by a country mile at Kielder today. The young chicks on Nests 1 and 2 basked in the heat with both mothers offering shelter at times. The chicks are still unable to control their body temperature very well so need protection. A breeze in the nest areas would have helped too.
The sun meant shadows of birds near the nest could be seen and there were quite a few of intruders today. Here is a video of Mrs YA mantling as an intruder swooped low over the nest.
At the same time as an intrusion on Nest 1 the shadow of an osprey could be seen on Nest 2 as Mrs 37 protected her young.
On a couple of occasions on both nests a meal was interrupted. The males were in attendance keeping a watchful eye during some feeds.
Despite the intrusions the chicks were well fed. They are now out of the nest cup on both nests and on Nest 1 some moss and other material has been placed in the cup. The egg was not visible today but is probably under the new surface. Chick 2 on Nest 1 still gravitates towards the cup whereas Chick 1 explored quite an area today. Chick 1 also preened now and then. The rusty gold pinfeathers will soon start to appear on the head and neck.
There were a few spats on both nests with the majority being on Nest 2. Generally on Nest 1 the pair kept their distance!
The last video starts just after Mrs YA had flown off the nest. Chick 1 wakes up and thinks of food.