On the whole life has been peaceful on Nests 2 and 3, albeit with only limited recording on the latter nest. But despite that an intruder was caught on camera on 18 May.
That was rather quick, here is the ‘culprit’ trying to court the female with a fish.
Blue 2H (Nest 2, 2012) was first seen at Kielder last year when he tried a similar tactic. The male was on the nest at the time so he was even less welcome! We haven’t seen him on a nestcam for a few weeks so it is good to find him still interested in Kielder Forest.
Nest 3 is usually a harmonious place with the male doing much incubating – other than in bad weather when females tend to rule the roost – but there was a slight dispute when he was trying to do some housekeeping as the female incubated. First he swiped her with a piece of bark.
Then he was too close for comfort!
The weather has been showery or worse over the last few days. On Nest 2 EB sat tight even when 37 came in to give her a break. She relied on standing up from time to time and shaking herself.
On 19 May 37 had delivered a not very large fish to EB. When she returned with the last part for him it was little more than the tail. As he sometimes does, 37 flew off with it in his beak.
37 and EB often eat on the old tree just a couple of hundred metres down the fell. 37 hasn’t exhibited this behaviour in previous seasons but he was doing it before EB arrived – she has picked it up from him, seemingly. Fish are brought to the nest in the normal way and there is no obvious explanation for the unusual action. Here is a video of the event.
There should be a hatch on Nest 3 in the next couple of days. There was no sign yesterday afternoon, the probable opening of the window. The female was incubating but wasn’t fidgeting, listening or turning the eggs more often.