After the trauma of being upside down for several minutes on Thursday, the Nest 1 chick had a much nicer day on Friday.
It has now managed to get out of the ‘egg cup’ area and has followed Mrs YA when she has been in a corner with a fish. During the afternoon the chick seemed to be feeding every 10 minutes or so as a large trout was demolished by Mrs YA and the aforementioned! YA did fly in and take it away for a bit, so he had his share too.
The chick is also preening, copying Mrs YA, and stretching it’s legs. Mrs YA seemed more attentive too – is she slowly learning, or is she responding to a more active youngster? It has always begged very hard, but closer proximity to her may be making a difference. Whatever the reason it was a much less anxious day in Kielder Castle Cafe!
There was a bit of a stir a couple of times on the nest though, with Mrs YA mantling and YA joining her before flying off. Intruder osprey? Possibly, given some recent sightings.
The Nest 2 nestcam stream refused to appear all day – the wind does have an impact and was quite strong higher up. Hopefully it will spring back to life at the weekend and visitors will be able to see the three chicks springing around the nest!
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