Update on both nests

On Tuesday the Nest 1 nestcam link was jerky, and dropped out altogether during the afternoon. However, despite reasonable weather there wasn’t much action observed when it was working! Blue 6H spent time preening but didn’t do much wing flapping during a relatively short monitoring stint and some intermittent viewing. YA landed a few times at lunch time but not with a fish. Otherwise he was in a tree.

Here are a couple of images.

the feathers are definitely getting there! (c) Forestry Commission

the feathers are definitely getting there!
(c) Forestry Commission

YA shows Blue 6H how to do it! (c) Forestry Commission

YA shows Blue 6H how to do it!
(c) Forestry Commission

 

Some field observations of Nest 2 were more rewarding. Mid morning all three fledglings were on the nest or branches of a tree, taking it in turns to eat. When not snacking there were short flights around the clear fell; not very high in the sky either, but accomplished efforts. Landings were usually quite elegant! One adult was also on and around the nest. It was hard to be certain from several hundred yards away but it was probably 37. Has Mrs 37 left already on her migration? Difficult to say. Whoever it was eventually ate themselves and then fed the one remaining fledgling, the other two having headed to trees on the edge of the clear fell.   The adult decided to call it a day and had a flight; the youngster could be seen pulling at a stringy bit of skin! Then it too headed off as the adult came back to a branch lower down from the nest.

The distance involved means the zoomed in photos aren’t great, (bad workman…!)  but here are a couple.

three fledglings and an adult crowd Nest 2 (c) Joanna Dailey

three fledglings and an adult crowd Nest 2
(c) Joanna Dailey

the adult returns after a short flight (c) Forestry Commission

the adult returns after a short flight
(c) Joanna Dailey

 

 

 

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