Although it has been cooler at Kielder during the past few days it has been dry and mainly sunny. The nests have been peaceful places most of the time with plenty of dozing.
There have been a few ‘moments’. The first was on 11 May when 37 was incubating on Nest 2. He had been relaxed but suddenly started watching something in the sky. Then this happened.
There was another intruder on Nest 2 yesterday. Despite being unringed she was an instantly recognisable one.
She was on the nest for just a couple of seconds and not near the eggs.
The previous day an unringed ‘intruder’ landed on Nest 1 for a few minutes.
Ospreys landing on Nest 1 aren’t intruders, technically, because the platform is no longer an active nest. But YA still checks it out. Yesterday he was defending it from an unseen bird.
Hunting is easier now than in the rain and snow of a couple of weeks ago. 37 sometimes brings two fish in during the extended streaming hours of 08.30-19.30. On Wednesday evening – despite briefly touching down on the nest – he decided to eat a little bit more of the second recorded catch of the day, leaving White EB empty taloned on the nest edge.
Yesterday White EB fared better. Occasionally both she and 37 fly off with the fish held by the beak, not talons. It doesn’t look very aerodynamic!
The weather in NE Spain has been rainy and cool ever since UV reached Europe. The tracker hasn’t been charging well in the cloudy conditions so there are very few fixes. Usually he is perched so it hasn’t been possible to assess his condition but he appears to have been feeding up. Yesterday he made an exploratory trip where he was flying fast on quite a few fixes. He seems in good order and may resume his migration as the weather improves.