Eating and sleeping. And tussling!

The weather at Kielder for the last few days has been warm and sunny. Fish have been plentiful on the nests, with 3 or 4 fish and 6 or 7 feeds being observed on both nests during viewable hours. Very often a whole fish arrives courtesy of the male. YA shows off one of his below.

Look what I caught! (c) Forestry Commission England

Look what I caught!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Both males have fed the chicks at times. YA is more confident than in his very early attempts; 37 is an old hand and here he helps out the female who was busy with a remnant when he arrived with a new trout.

37 is starting to feed the chicks sometimes (c) Forestry Commission England

37 is feeding the chicks sometimes
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 1, here is some role reversal with YA feeding and Mrs YA moving the sticks about.

Role reversal: YA gives a few morsels whilst Mrs YA moves the furniture (c) Forestry Commission England

Role reversal: YA gives a few morsels whilst Mrs YA moves the furniture
(c) Forestry Commission England

Late on Thursday YA was eating and Mrs YA was on the chicks. He shared a bite or two with her!

YA feeds the female whilst he is having his own meal (c) Forestry Commission England

YA feeds the female whilst he is having his own meal
(c) Forestry Commission England

The image above shows how the chicks have grown even though they aren’t visible. They ooze out from in front of the females, who prop themselves higher with their wings slightly outspread.

The chicks are now coming out of the nest cup at feeding time on both nests. The image below is from Thursday.

At 9 days old the chicks are starting to come out of the nest cup to feed (c) Forestry Commission England

At 9 days old the chicks are starting to come out of the nest cup to feed
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 2, the 3rd chick managed it at only 6 days old.

On Nest 2 the 3rd chick makes sure it as at the front! (c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 2 the 3rd chick makes sure it is at the front!
(c) Forestry Commission England

The heads of the oldest chicks are starting to change as they start to get their second, greyer, down. Although they look as though they have mange at the moment! They will appear quite reptilian soon.

The oldest chick on Nest 2 (c) Forestry Commission England

The oldest chick on Nest 2 is at the back
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chick nearest the camera showing clear signs of phase 2! (c) Forestry Commission England

The chick nearest the camera showing clear signs of  change
(c) Forestry Commission England

Apart from eating the chicks sleep most of the day or have minor spats when awake. They also experience assaults from the adults with twigs at times, or are trodden on. Thankfully no damage has been done. They are staying in the nest cup when not feeding. Not for much longer as they don’t really fit now. So more adventures loom!

 

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3 Responses to Eating and sleeping. And tussling!

  1. wonderful: reporting and pictures.

  2. joannadailey says:

    Thanks, ViV, hope to meet you when you are over in England!

  3. Vivien Finn says:

    Great report and lovely pics. A treat to see YA feeding Mrs YA.

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