Nest 2 update

The evening footage for Friday showed 37 bringing a new fish to the nest. He had hardly delivered it when something alarmed him, and he mantled and shouted. Less than a minute later he was off, possibly to chase another osprey away. Mrs 37 got on with preparing the fish for the chicks.

37 mantles just after he'd landed with a new whole fish. (c) Forestry Commission England

37 mantles just after he’d landed with a whole fish.
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Saturday it was wetter than predicted. Some showers were heavy but short, others lighter but more prolonged. In the morning Mrs 37 sheltered the young several times, although it is getting harder to cover them now.

The difference in the chicks’ head colours overnight was striking. Below you can see the oldest chick has a dark head now compared to only a mottled rear of the head the previous night. The middle chick is also turning darker whereas the third to hatch still has its first down. And is much smaller. It had a LOT to eat today though!

The changing chicks (c) Forestry Commission England

The changing chicks
(c) Forestry Commission England

There were more pecking contests, mainly between chicks 1 and 2, with submission coming fairly quickly.

Chick 2 had been pecked - it lay down, but then got revenge (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 2 had been pecked – it lay down, but then got revenge when chick 1 turned away!
(c) Forestry Commission England

At about 14.00 Mrs 37 had fed the chicks then herself. 37 came onto the nest edge and started eating the remnant. Although the chicks were somnolent he proferred fish and eventually chick 1 decided it could eat a bit more before collapsing again. Then chick 2 rallied for another bite.

37 feeds chick 2 (c) Forestry Commission England

37 feeds chick 2
(c) Forestry Commission England

So on both nests there was plenty of feeding despite the rain necessitating cover for the chicks at times.

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