Life on the nests

After the thrill of Mrs YA laying the first egg of the season at Kielder on Monday there have been a couple of quiet days, not least because some strong winds have limited activity on the three nests without eggs.

On Nest 3 yesterday the pair were very much business as usual.

the female tests the nest cup area
(c) Forestry Commission England

the male arrives with another stick
(c) Forestry Commission England

This now well established pair may be the next to produce eggs, although 37 and EB on Nest 2 were reunited a few days earlier. Their relationship is slightly rocky even when there’s no wind! Few of the mating attempts are successful but last year was similar and three healthy chicks fledged. EB is very good at deepening the cup.

EB digs deep
(c) Forestry Commission England

The second season breeding pair on Nest 4 have spent little time on the nest but this clip shows the male 69 seeing something of concern. Press HD for best quality on all embedded videos.

It may not have been another osprey but it is worth noting that there have been no ringed intruders recorded so far at Kielder this year whereas usually we have had several by now.

On Nest 1A incubation continues. The second egg should arrive tomorrow. YA is a good incubator but sometimes he’s so enthusiastic to go to the egg he forgets to leave a fish behind at first.

Today he has incubated for several hours during streaming.

YA had been away catching and eating by this point.

Mrs YA takes the fish… and a stick
(c) Forestry Commission England

The stick she dislodged was from the side of the nest – sadly not one that obscures our view of the eggs. She returned with a replacement before heading away to eat the trout.

Finally, we will update when UV leaves Senegal to return to the UK but today he was perched on a familiar tree.


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4 Responses to Life on the nests

  1. M Simmonds says:

    Thank you Jaydee. Good luck for the season ahead.

  2. Jo says:

    The YAs certainly have nesting off to a fine art …… what a wonderful set-up at Kielder – good to be able to follow each couples’ behaviour … thank you :-)

  3. Cirrus says:

    All is well then on the domeestic front – good. I can see why Mrs YA wanted to ditch the stick in favour of her replacement

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