Nest 2 was strangely quiet today with no sign of 37. Yesterday he was present for only around 20 minutes late morning when he did some scraping to form a nest cup for eggs.
He is usually back first at Nest 2 and calls in every now and then, but not today. It wasn’t as wet as yesterday but there were blustery showers and strong winds plus a temperature at lakeside level of 6°C much of the time which may have influenced his behaviour.
On Nest 1 YA and Mrs YA set about re-organising their nest and doing what is necessary for egg production! Late yesterday YA brought a fish for Mrs YA to cement their bond.
Today he was still quite submissive when she appeared on the nest but they spent much of the day together. Sometimes YA was on the camera pole or in a tree behind the nest.
Many thanks to Radio and Electronics Branch for the new optical zoom ‘long shot’ camera as well as the new Nest 2 nestcam.
The pair brought in moss or clods of earth and YA with a long stick made a less than elegant landing!
Apologies for the occasional freezing in the videos, hopefully the problem can be resolved.
YA tried to mate with Mrs YA on seven occasions during over six hours of nestcam streaming. Some were possibly successful attempts.
We’re delighted that YA and Mrs YA have returned safely from their wintering grounds and are busy preparing for their breeding season. They are a handsome couple, no bias there!