Incubation should be a peaceful time. Once the bad weather was over the incubating ospreys preened and dozed in sunshine much of the time. Some intruders have made their presence felt too, though. In reverse order so starting with Nest 3…
The recorded clips have revealed a generally settled nest, as seen here when the male spent a few minutes lying beside the female. The ‘aaah’ factor!
On 4 May the male collected a fish from the nest. Mostly during incubation the osprey eats off the nest itself. He arrived shortly after the recording started so the female could have brought the fish just beforehand for the male to take away.
Yesterday shortly before 13.00 the male arrived with a freshly caught fish which he took to a favourite tree to eat. However he was called back to the nest when an unseen intruder annoyed the female.
That trout should have kept the pair well fed all day!
On Nest 2 on 27 April 37 brought in an interesting fish for Kielder.
The Kielder Salmon Centre Manager who advises us on river fish concluded 37 must have travelled to one of the rivers flowing to the Solway estuary which is nearer than the Tyne estuary. Flounders are seafish although they are tolerant of variable levels of salt and can be found in frehwater. This is the first record of one arriving at a Kielder osprey nest!
37 has incubated more often in the better weather conditions.
There have been less calm moments and sometimes White EB has been alone to defend the nest agains a curious intruder.
In the last few days no osprey has landed on Nest 1 during nestcam streaming but it was quite busy at the start of May. On 1 May an unringed osprey spent a few minutes exploring the nest at lunchtime.
Later that day Blue YU spent over two hours on and around the nest in total and wasn’t deterred when YA came over from Nest 1A to suggest she should depart. Apologies for the jerkiness.
Nest 1 and Nest 1A have no line of sight but both YA and Mrs YA appear on their old nest occasionally. Incubation is going well there too with YA spending more time incubating now the weather is better.
There was no email with data from UV yesterday. There are several possible reasons for this and we hope to receive information soon.