The weather has been poor at Kielder since before the weekend – cool and wet at times. And wet all the time from Sunday afternoon until today. Before that poor weather the two Nest 2 juveniles were on and off the nest quite a bit, honing their take offs and landings. This crash landing by VS on 23 July was less than 24 hours after she fledged.
In the wet weather the pair have visited the nest to eat, but seldom to preen or fidget.
Usually they are quick to land if a fish is about to be delivered although on 24 July neither appeared when 37 brought a catch.
Sometimes meals are disrupted by an intruder; there is one or more around most days although not on the really wet ones. At best the shadow of the bird has been captured by the nestcam.
Both juveniles are competitive when a fish is delivered and will have tugs of war for f’irst go’. This video shows them vie for possession on the evening of 28 July.
VM won that scuffle but a few minutes later VS sneaked in from the rear and grabbed the trout! Another 10 minutes and there was more tugging.
VS and VM mostly feed themselves now although sometimes Mrs 37 takes over for a few minutes, usually before she has her own meal.
The youngsters will be building up their reserves ready for the first migration. When they leave they may never have caught their own fish. Last year the tracking data for 7H on Nest 2 showed she never visited the reservoir at all before migration, although she travelled to and along some burns.