This post covers the last few days on Nests 1A, 2 and 4.
On all the nests life has been mainly peaceful with excellent weather for incubation. On Nest 1A the depth of the nest cup means sometimes no eggs are visible when the incubating bird stands up. This is often the view – a couple of eggs.
This video shows all four eggs safely cocooned in the nest cup. Press HD for best quality on all videos.
Comparing behaviour on the different nests is fascinating. YA spends the longest time incubating during the 12 streamed hours. On many days he fits in 3-4 hours. Yesterday he was on the eggs for over 5 hours. Mostly he has several long stints. On Nest 2 37, who incubates between 2.5 and 4 hours a day, does many short spells triggered by material being brought to the nest. Whoever is incubating tends to leave as bark, moss and sticks arrive. Sometimes ‘placing the stick’ takes precedence over the eggs for a few moments.
69, in his second season as a breeding osprey, incubates for about 2-2.5 hours in 12 but sometimes he leaves because he is pushed, not choice.
YA provides one large trout most days. Sometimes it is clear one had been eaten before streaming begins. 37 provides 1-2 fish usually. A couple of times 69 has brought three fish in during streaming hours. Most are a reasonable size so that pair are definitely well fed. Occasionally 69 lands with a fish but despite Mrs 69 making it clear she is keen to take it he doesn’t always comply.
Neither Mrs 37 nor EB would be quite as tentative as the less experienced Mrs 69.
Intruders have been scarce this year. Often they don’t come near enough to have a chance of reading any ring number.
Next week we should see eggs hatching on Nest 1A, exciting times. But will we see any hatchlings in that deep cup on Nest 1A?
The Nest 1A nestcam is now also a webcam for viewers to learn more about life on a Kielder nest.
There is a link to the webcam in the top bar of the blog. At the moment the stream is dropping out every 3 minutes but it will resume if you refresh. Technical staff are working on the issue. Enjoy watching the striking Nest 1A pair!