Blue 4H takes the biscuit. Or fish!

The nestcams were very jerky and dropped out intermittently at Kielder Castle Cafe on Wednesday, but at least there was an opportunity to see more of Nest 2 than of late. There was the normal amount of snoozing, then 37 brought a rainbow trout to the nest at about 11.30. As he placed it down, Blue 4H picked it up and called it her own! She walked a little way from the other two chicks and ate from it herself as they looked on seemingly unconcerned. She may not be the first chick to develop the skill because the male,Blue  3H, was trying to eat some fish on 13 July – it wasn’t clear if he tore any morsels off though. On Tuesday afternoon Mrs 37 was feeding one of them. Perhaps it was just lazy!

On Nest 1 the chick was fed by Mrs YA on and off all morning. In between it mainly looked out over Kielder Water or slept with its head on a stick near the edge of the nest. Despite the size of the nest the chick tends to keep near to the edges. YA is building up the rear – there has been more such activity this year than previously – and brought in more material during the day, but all sides would benefit from a bit more height.

Admiring the view from Nest 1 (c) Forestry Commission

Admiring the view from Nest 1
(c) Forestry Commission

Mrs 37 feeds one of the chicks on Tuesday (c) Forestry Commission

Mrs 37 feeds one of the chicks on Tuesday
(c) Forestry Commission

37 has moved too abranch behind the nest edge after leaving a fish (c) Forestry Commission

37 has moved to a branch behind the nest edge after leaving a fish on Wednesday
(c) Forestry Commission

I'll have that, decides 4H (c) Forestry Commission

I’ll have that, decides Blue 4H
(c) Forestry Commission

4H feeds herself (c) Forestry Commission

Blue 4H feeds herself
(c) Forestry Commission

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