Eating habits

A number of earlier posts have mentioned that often chick 3 on Nest 2 has been first to feed since an early age. The other chicks have tolerated this without bullying; food has been in ample supply though, so they are seldom in need of food when 37 brings the next meal. Generally one or two chicks eat then a third joins in. All have breaks then line up again.

A couple of days ago there was some typical behaviour at a feed. Chick 3 wasn’t quick to station itself by the fish this time, so chick 2 was fed first by Mrs 37. Chick 1 was at the rear of the nest having an occasional wing flap. In the image, chick 3 is looking keenly at the feeding.

Mrs 37 starts feeding chick 2 as chick 3 watches intently... (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs 37 starts feeding chick 2 as chick 3 watches intently…
(c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 3 shuffled forwards and as a morsel was heading for chick 2’s open beak, a speedy interception move paid off!

... and chick 3 then pulls the interception trick (c) Forestry Commission England

… and chick 3 then pulls the interception trick
(c) Forestry Commission England

Feeding of both chicks continued for a few minutes until chick 1 came over. Then it too snatched a bit destined for chick 2.

Chick 3 packs in flapping and also intercepts a morsel (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 packs in flapping and also intercepts a morsel
(c) Forestry Commission England

The meal continued in peaceful fashion with fair shares for all. But at the very end, there was a bit of a tussle between Mrs 37 and chick 1 for an unappetising looking piece of skin!

At the end of the meal chick 1 and Mrs 37 tussle for the last bit (Forestry Commission England

At the end of the meal chick 1 and Mrs 37 tussle for the last bit
(Forestry Commission England

Yesterday Mrs 37 brought a conifer sprig complete with cones to the nest. Two chicks seemed very interested in the new delicacy and pecked at it for several minutes. And again today!

Two chicks spent several minutes nibbling at the new nest decoration to Mrs 37's bemusement (c) Forestry Commission England

Two chicks spent several minutes nibbling at the new nest decoration to Mrs 37’s bemusement
(c) Forestry Commission England

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