Mixed news

The Nest 1 nestcam has been replaced so there is finally confirmation that there are chicks. To get the sad news out of the way, one chick who was probably the eldest had died recently. However the wonderful news is that there are two surviving chicks. They are markedly less well developed than the older Nest 2 threesome. Discussing with Kielder ornithologist it is likely that the survivors are chicks 2 and 3 and are about 12 and 10 days old.

Some video will be posted shortly but here are a couple of images. The ‘dark headed female’ as the new female was described in early posts is a very striking osprey.

Mrs YA checks her chicks after the nestcam work (c) Forestry Commission

Mrs YA checks her chicks after the nestcam work
(c) Forestry Commission

 

The young chicks on Nest 1 (c) Forestry Commission

The young chicks on Nest 1
(c) Forestry Commission

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4 Responses to Mixed news

  1. Rosie Shields says:

    How do we know that it was chick no 1 that did not survive? The other 2 seem to be in good condition; although they are clearly younger than the ones from nest 2, the latter were similar when they were the same age and now look at them! As you remarked, Mrs YA is a stunner.

    • joannadailey says:

      We don’t know for sure, Rosie, however it had expired a while ago (ie over a day) but was the same size at that point as the bigger of the two survivors is now, so in all likelihood it was the first hatch. Definitely not the third.

  2. Elizabeth B says:

    Goodness! It makes you realise how big the chicks on nest 2 have got!

    • joannadailey says:

      Yes, Elizabeth, the growth rate is so rapid that a week or so really is a long time in the osprey world. The Nest 1 chicks seem slightly behind the Nest 2 bunch at the same age. But as the Nest 1 hatch dates aren’t known it is impossible to be definitive.

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