Follow my leader!

Rather unusually, on both nests the youngest chick is tending to get to the front of the food queue most of the time.

The youngest chick is out of the nest cup and in front of Mum first (c) Forestry Commission England

The youngest Nest 1 chick is out of the nest cup and in front of Mum first
(c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 3 leads the way on Nest 2 also (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 3 leads the way on Nest 2 also
(c) Forestry Commission England

Although there is still a lot of sibling rivalry it is mostly not during feeding and is between the two oldest chicks on each nest. The youngest tend to keep their heads down! But the Nest 2 one got a battering this morning.

Chick 1 gets a grip on chick 3 (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 gets a grip on chick 3
(c) Forestry Commission England

The relatively shallow Nest 1 is causing concern to viewers because at least one chick is often going out of sight of the nestcam, and sometimes for 15 minutes or more. Mrs YA has appeared to shepherd a chick back to the nest cup area at times but she isn’t consistent. Today when YA brought a fish in all three chicks were almost off screen. He landed quite near them and Mrs YA took the fish and went over to the opposite side of the nest. All three chicks followed, unsurprisingly.

The chicks shuffle across the nest towards the fish (c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks shuffle across the nest towards the fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

Was this deliberate by Mrs YA to get the chicks away from the edge? She didn’t feed them for long, but started to pick up sticks and drop them on the chicks (a video tomorrow), so perhaps she recognises the perils. But she should build up the edges! YA did bring some sticks onto the nest today, but there wasn’t agreement about the best position.

YA wants the stick in one place, Mrs YA has decided on another (c) Forestry Commission England

YA wants the stick in one place, Mrs YA has decided on another
(c) Forestry Commission England

Finally, today chick 1 on Nest 2 made it up the slope of the nest for a first sight of the world beyond, and definitely liked it! A video of his/her big moment will follow tomorrow.

I'll be flying out there soon! (c) Forestry Commission England

I’ll be flying out there soon!
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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