It was a wet day yesterday at Kielder so it was unlikely Y6 – or 37 – would have started their migrations. 37 may be cutting down supplies. From the nestcam 12 hour coverage Y6 was provisioned with ‘only’ 2 fish.
Today she was on the perch at the far side of the nest early but then there was a long gap. Had she started her migration? The winds at Kielder were light and from the north initially and visibility was good although conditions were expected to deteriorate. By soon after midday it was clear Y6 had gone nowhere.
Recently 37 has brought only trout to the nest. Maybe the less nutritious and more fiddly to eat flounder was a message to Y6 to think about migrating. She just tucked in, as ever.
Later in the day 37 delivered a trout for her.
To catch the flounder 37 must be travelling to the Solway Firth or a short distance upriver from there.
UV too may have had flounder for breakfast yesterday. This image is on the Border Esk a few km from where that river and the Eden separate at the east end of the Firth.
Perhaps today 37 saw UV – his nephew – during his travel to catch the flounder. He must be familiar with him from UV’s visits to Nest 2 this year. We’ll never know, though.
Paul has written an article about parent-offspring recognition, well worth a read.