We’re gaining good insight into the behaviour of the Nest 4 pair courtesy of the newly installed Forestry Commission England nestcam. Most days 69 brings in two fish during streaming hours regardless of fishing conditions. Unusually he eats the head on the nest then Mrs 69 takes the fish away to eat on a nearby favourite stump. Our other pairs seldom eat on the nest until there are chicks to feed.
Another difference to the older Kielder nests is that less work has been done to build up the sides of the nest. Only a few sticks have been added. Moss is brought in more often and bracken was an unusual addition to the cup earlier in the week. There is plenty of scraping out the cup.
The pair are spending more time on the nest/perches/top of the pole than when they first arrived back from wintering grounds. They frequently fly off, sometimes together, and can be seen in the background circling around. On this occasion only 69 took to the air. Press HD for best quality on all videos.
Sometimes there is more serious business – escorting an intruder away. An unringed osprey hovered over the nest on 17 April.
Eggs should be imminent although 69 sometimes forgets how they are made!
Mrs 69 has been standing in the cup more often, even during poor weather.
On Nest 2 life is mainly serene as EB and 37 incubate their eggs. YA generally spends over three hours of the seven streamed hours on eggs but his elder brother spends half that or less.
EB puts in the hard yards in poor weather.
There are occasional intrusions.
That was the only intruder landing from the footage.
Elsewhere a ringed intruder landed on Nest 1. Our first this season, much later than recent years.
Blue AK1 visited Kielder last year too. She hatched in 2013 in Easter Ross.
She wasn’t seen after 18 April at Kielder – she has been touring Cumbrian nests. This morning she was on the Foulshaw Moss nestcam nest which the breeding pair have abandoned for another site nearby. She has been photographed at Esthwaite too.