More on the ‘strange day’

There have been many strange days at Kielder with the pair on Nest 1 spending little time on their nest and 37 less than usually enthusiastic about scraping out a nest cup etc. But this post concentrates on the behaviour on Nest 2 yesterday, when Mrs YA or a look alike spent over 2½ hours with 37.

During that time 37 attempted to mate 17 times, none of them successful as the female kept her tail down – except when she was trying to unseat him! Here is one of 37’s less than elegant efforts.

37 lands on the female's head (c) Forestry Commission England

37 lands on the female’s head
(c) Forestry Commission England

After intensive concentration on improving his technique to no avail 37 switched to show other skills eg scraping…

37 has a good nest scraping technique (c) Forestry Commission England

37 has a good nest scraping technique
(c) Forestry Commission England

… and general housekeeping.

37 arranges the decor (c) Forestry Commission England

37 arranges the bark
(c) Forestry Commission England

The female showed she is adept at adding to a nest.

The female arrives with moss (c) Forestry Commission England

The female arrives with moss
(c) Forestry Commission England

It wasn’t all work and the pair seemed to be developing a companionable bond as they dozed at opposite sides.

One of several dozes (c) Forestry Commission England

One of several dozes
(c) Forestry Commission England

At 13.51 the female flew off and 37 left a few minutes later. Over at Nest 1 Mrs YA was seen in a tree behind the nest at 14.24.

14.24 Mrs YA in a tree (c) Forestry Commission England

14.24 Mrs YA in a tree
(c) Forestry Commission England

At 14.38 YA landed followed by Mrs YA to defend the nest against an intruder, 37. Here is a short video of much of the action, click on the photo to play.N1 prob 37 landing
Was the female with 37 on his nest Mrs YA? Probably. Is YA not supplying enough food? We have only seen two fish deliveries to Mrs YA although often the ospreys hunt before and after streaming. 37 can’t have impressed the female on that front and now that Mrs 37 has returned we are hoping normality will rule at Kielder Ospreys!

 

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3 Responses to More on the ‘strange day’

  1. Keith Rogers says:

    The world of ospreys is a strange one and unless we become an osprey we probably will not understand what they are up to. The strange happenings seem to occur when they first come back and then they settle down so hopefully peace and harmony will prevail at all your nests.

  2. Cirrus says:

    Well, what can one say !! Ospreys will do as they please

  3. vivien Finn says:

    Hope normal service is resumed as soon as possible, Joanna. :)

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