Nibbles, pecks and wings

Over the last couple of days the chicks on both nests have had nibbles at fish either left on the nest after a feed or as they have been brought in by the male. For readers with long memories of Glaslyn there was an almost nostalgic moment when on Thursday evening 37 watched one of his chicks try and get a grip on the eye of a fish. Brother YA had tried that trick as a youngster in 2007; it would have made a better story if it had been 37. There is a short video of the event here.

Chick 2 tries to get a trout eye as a treat (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 2 tries to get a trout eye as a treat
(c) Forestry Commission England

A couple of recent posts have described pecks launched against a parent by a chick. There was another on Friday on Nest 2, although this one wasn’t unprovoked because Mrs 37 had just landed on the sleeping chick!

An unhappy chick shows its resentment at being landed on (c) Forestry Commission England

An unhappy chick shows its resentment at being landed on
(c) Forestry Commission England

But on Nest 1 Mrs YA came under assault just before 17.00 on Friday. She put up with a couple of pecks then had a bit of a snap back before moving away. A few minutes later the chick struck again and Mrs YA gave it some of its own medicine. The chick then turned on a bystander sibling. Here is a video of the event in so far as it is visible through the Yorkshire fog. And a couple of images.

Mrs YA is under attack (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA is under attack
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chick has another go at Mrs YA (c) Forestry Commission England

The chick has had another go at Mrs YA but she shows who is boss
(c) Forestry Commission England

A bit more exercise is apparent on both nests although still rather ungainly by all chicks concerned! But everything is heading in the right direction.

Some sustained wing flaps on Nest 1 on Friday (c) Forestry Commission England

Some sustained wing flaps on Nest 1 on Friday
(c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 2 on Nest 2 has a bit of exercise (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 2 on Nest 2 has a bit of exercise
(c) Forestry Commission England

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2 Responses to Nibbles, pecks and wings

  1. I suppose that aggression is normal, but it’s unpleasant.

  2. joannadailey says:

    Yes, Viv, not great to watch, especially the assault on the other chick. Very occasionally chicks can kill a sibling but that tends to occur if food is in very short supply. No such problem at Kielder.

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