Yorkshire Fog in Northumberland!

It is just as well the Nest 1 chicks will be ringed next week because they are virtually invisible in the Yorkshire fog (Holcus lanatus) growing so well on the nest edge!

A chick peeps through a gap in the 'fog' (c) Forestry Commission England

A chick peeps through a gap in the ‘fog’
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks are walking about the nest and wing flapping occasionally, maybe more often than we can see.

A wing flap is visible (c) Forestry Commission England

A wing flap is visible
(c) Forestry Commission England

At about 16.00 yesterday YA brought a fish to the nest and fortunately Mrs YA dragged it to the handy gap to feed the chicks. In the image below the morsel was en route to the chick facing Mrs YA when the youngster behind them intercepted it!

A well timed interception is rewarded with a morsel (c) Forestry Commission England

A well timed interception is rewarded with a morsel
(c) Forestry Commission England

There is bold behaviour on Nest 2 also. Yesterday for no apparent reason a chick launched several pecks at Mrs 37; in one it grabbed her wing and pulled strongly. Mrs 37 moved to the other side of the nest after that one.

Mrs 37 under attack (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 under attack
(c) Forestry Commission England

Nest 2 is an average size but it a bit cramped when it comes to wing exercising.

Keep your heads down! (c) Forestry Commission England

Keep your heads down!
(c) Forestry Commission England

The flapping is still rather unco-ordinated and rarely more than 3 or 4 flaps but the chicks are looking more proficient each day.

Elsewhere, at Foulshaw Moss Blue 35’s first offspring were ringed yesterday. There are some lovely pictures of the first known Kielder ‘grandchicks’ on the Cumbria Wildlife Trust Facebook site. 

 

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