The last few days at Kielder have seen plenty of feeding on Nests 1 and 2, with the chicks looking ‘fit to bust’ after a session. They are mainly sleeping or feeding with occasional forays around the nest and preening. And growing day by day.
The fish deliveries have varied in size.
Feeding sessions are now over 30 minutes long. A chick sometimes has a rest then returns for more.
You can see the chicks’ head feathers are well developed now and the eyes are amber. And the wings are looking quite impressive, especially to a younger chick!
On Monday evening there was a heavy shower in the Nest 1 area. Mrs YA now can’t cover the chicks, but she did her best as they tried to tuck under her.
At roughly the same time on Nest 2 all was fair and all the nest occupants had a nap.
On both nests sticks and clods of earth are arriving, but whereas on Nest 2 the sides are being relatively evenly built up, on Nest 1 YA has concentrated on the rear of the nest where the chicks seldom venture.
Virtually every stick is moved a number of times – Mrs YA and YA seldom agree on placement.
Mrs YA seems to realise more needs to be done on the lake side edge, but she placed two twigs behind two chicks effectively penning them in near the edge. They did escape!