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.
After intensive concentration on improving his technique to no avail 37 switched to show other skills eg scraping…
… and general housekeeping.
The female showed she is adept at adding to a nest.
It wasn’t all work and the pair seemed to be developing a companionable bond as they dozed at opposite sides.
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.
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.
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!