Steady progress – or should that be wobbly?!

The last couple of days have seen a bit of progress on Nests 1 and 2, with a few quite wobbly steps to supplement the usual round of eating, sleeping and growing. Here is a link to a video of a teeter (and a few other things) on Nest 1 yesterday! And here is a video of both sets of chicks doing not a lot, also yesterday.

Here are a few images of the early attempts to stand on both nests.

This balancing stuff.... (c) Forestry Commission England

This balancing stuff is hard ….
(c) Forestry Commission England

A bit near the edge to do that! (c) Forestry Commission England

A bit near the edge to do that!
(c) Forestry Commission England

How come you can stand? (c) Forestry Commission England

How come you can stand?
(c) Forestry Commission England

Over the last week bullying episodes have reduced markedly, but on Nest 1 there are still occasional sustained assaults despite no food shortage and submission by the victim.

Not the first attack (c) Forestry Commission England

Not the first attack
(c) Forestry Commission England

Building up the nest has been a feature, with sticks and branches being brought to both nests throughout the day.

YA brings an unwieldy branch to the nest (c) Forestry Commission England

YA brings an unwieldy branch to the nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 1 most of the effort is directed at the rear of the nest where already there is a barrier – a mini garden! On Nest 2 the adults are building their nest higher and the chicks are helping out with the fine detail.

Chicks i and 2 re-arrange the nest (c) Forestry Commission England

Chicks 1 and 2 re-arrange the nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

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