Summary of Thursday. And a bit of Wednesday!

The recap of Thursday needs to start on Wednesday for Nest 1! After Kielder Castle Cafe closed the footage was recorded until the streaming stopped at 20.00. The aim was to identify a hatch, but something interesting occurred – YA tried to feed the tiny chicks. Usually females are reluctant to allow males to share this role early on. But the Kielder males’ father at Glaslyn is pretty hands on, and 37 has always followed that example and been tolerated by his mate. Previously YA has not shown as much interest. But here is the proof that he is keen to rear his offspring by feeding them as well as fishing for them. Unfortunately he had too big a piece of fish and also tried to feed a ‘crashed’ chick, but the thought was there!

YA is twntative but tries to feed the chicks (c) Forestry Commission England

YA is tentative but tries to feed the chicks
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks fed at around 18.30 and 19.30, so despite the rain they had experienced a relatively good first day. On Thursday there was a small feeding session soon after 09.00 but the second chick didn’t get a bite. Or maybe it was the first chick still full from an earlier feed. Both were fed late morning.

Chick 1 gets all the food (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 gets all the food
(c) Forestry Commission England

But then it is chick 2's turn (c) Forestry Commission England

But then it is chick 2’s turn
(c) Forestry Commission England

The next ‘big event’ was the hatch of their sibling, although maybe that was hurried along by a whack from a conifer branch with which YA hit Mrs YA and brushed across the chicks!

YA drags a large branch across the nestcup area, disturbing Mrs YA (c) Forestry Commission England

YA drags a large branch across the nestcup area, disturbing Mrs YA
(c) Forestry Commission England

In the afternoon soon after the hatch YA again tried to feed his offspring and Mrs YA gave him a piece of fish to offer to them.

YA has tried to feed the chicks and Mrs YA offers him a morsel to help (c) Forestry Commission England

YA has tried to feed the chicks and Mrs YA offers him a morsel to help
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 2 in the morning 37 made several visits with a fish. Sometimes Mrs 37 showed no interest but she took the fish and fed the chick at about 10.20.

The chick eats well (c) Forestry Commission England

The chick eats well
(c) Forestry Commission England

After the hatch of chick 2 at about 15.00 it was drizzly and in the main Mrs 37 stayed down on the two chicks and remaining egg. But when she did stand to move the egg late in the afternoon the new chick had a rather undignified pose!

Bottoms up for chick 2! (c) Forestry Commission England

Bottoms up for chick 2!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Here is a link to a video of the two hatches.

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