A bit of catching up

Now that all three chicks have hatched and are feeding well and looking healthy, a pause for breath and catching up.

Mrs 37 stands by the egg shell of chick 3, visible in front of the other two (Forestry Commission

Mrs 37 stands by the egg shell of chick 3, visible in front of the other two
(c) Forestry Commission

When the nestcam link was restored after repairs on Wednesday, broken eggshell and a third chick was the sight greeting Kielder Castle Cafe staff! The third hatch was at about the earliest time possible. The closeness of hatching, just over two days separating all three, should bode well for the three nestlings. Their size discrepancy should be less than when 4 or 5 days separate the hatches. And the weather is good for fishing.  Mrs 37 is making sure all three get fed even though one does really scream and stretch to get the next morsel! A video will be put on later today showing her care.

YA in the tree behind the nest, a regular perch (c) Forestry Commission

YA in the tree behind the nest, a regular perch
(c) Forestry Commission

Meanwhile, on Nest 1, YA has been hanging around the nest area in the trees and Mrs YA has been eating on the side of the nest. Chicks could hatch any time now although it will be harder to tell without the nestcam. The forecast is for cooler and wetter weather next week so the sooner they come the better. Click on any image to enlarge it.

An early feed for the family (c0 Forestry Commission

An early feed for the family on Friday
(c) Forestry Commission

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