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.
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.
On Nest 1, here is some role reversal with YA feeding and Mrs YA moving the sticks about.
Late on Thursday YA was eating and Mrs YA was on the chicks. He shared a bite or two with her!
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.
On Nest 2, the 3rd chick managed it at only 6 days old.
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.
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!