Still not much walking

On both nests the chicks have all taken a few steps over the last few days but most of the time is still spent sleeping and eating.

On Nest 2 the oldest chick had a short trip across the nest on Sunday when it stood up.

On Sunday chick 1 stood and took a step or two a few times (c) Forestry Commission England

On Sunday chick 1 stood and took a step or two a few times
(c) Forestry Commission England

But energy is reserved for feeding. Up to five fish a day are being observed via the 11 hour recordings. On Sunday 37 brought one to Nest 2 at 16.15.

37 has just landed with a new meal (c) Forestry Commission England

37 has just landed with a new meal
(c) Forestry Commission England

The youngest chick had to give up for a rest after a few minutes. But rallied for more.

Chick 3 hasn't got room for any more! (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 3 hasn’t got room for any more…
(c) Forestry Commission England

...but then it suddenly found a space (c) Forestry Commission England

…but then it suddenly found a space
(c) Forestry Commission England

The whole fish was eaten by the chicks and female by 17.20. On Tuesday morning all the chicks were ready for breakfast as 37 came in with a fish.

Two chicks watch Dad's shadow - and the fish shadow too! (c) Forestry Commission England

Two chicks watch Dad’s shadow – and the fish shadow too!
(c) Forestry Commission England

After tucking in the chicks rested and Mrs 37 went onto the nestcam pole. Chick 2 decided not to wait to be fed and managed to tear off some morsels.

Chick 2 decides to help itself (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 2 decides to help itself
(c) Forestry Commission England

Over on Nest 1 intrusions continue, with a non-osprey event added to the mix. A darker smaller bird flew very fast past the nest on Monday, too quick to identify. The chicks flattened themselves when Mrs YA started alarm calling; they are getting practice every day.

Also on Monday, YA arrived to take a part eaten fish away for his own meal but was seduced by one of his offspring begging.

YA landed to take the fish away but couldn't resist a plea from a chick! (c) Forestry Commission England

YA landed to take the fish away but couldn’t resist a plea from a chick!
(c) Forestry Commission England

He shouldn’t have succumbed because after a couple of minutes Mrs YA walked over and began feeding the young again, so YA left empty taloned.

The chicks on Nest 1 aren’t much more active than the Nest 2 threesome but the larger nest area perhaps encourages a little more movement. Including synchronised wing flapping.

Synchronised standing and wing stretching (c) Forestry Commission England

Synchronised standing and wing stretching
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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One Response to Still not much walking

  1. Vivien Finn says:

    My goodness, how fast the chicks are growing. No wonder looking at the crop of chick 3 on Yellow 37’s nest. Great to see all the chicks looking so well.

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