On Nest 2 on Friday the chicks had fed well in the morning but didn’t spend as much time in the afternoon sleeping as has been their habit. There were periods of deep snoozing but also preening, moving round the nest, watching the world…
Their feet seem so ‘oversized’ – seemingly almost as large as an adult osprey. All the chicks are managing to stand without tipping forward now and get around the nest quite speedily.
One chick managed to get underneath a bothersome twig near the nest edge, but eventually flicked it off. Sticks to build up the sides are still being brought in by both adults. They may need to redouble their efforts because one chick appeared to be trying to get to the ‘helicoptering’ stage about 3 weeks early! It had several jumps, flapping its featherless stubby wings.
All the activity must have tired them out because near the end of live streaming the chicks were tucked up beside Mrs 37. They are so large it seems unlikely she can shelter them all in the rain expected over the weekend. At least they have had plenty of food and look very healthy. Keep safe, chicks!
Click to enlarge any image. There’ll be a video of the ‘mini-helicoptering’ incident later.