Nest 1: movement towards fledging. And a live fish challenge!

The fledging window is well and truly open but – famous last words! – it doesn’t look imminent on either nest. The weather has been very hot with only a slight breeze, even at the elevation of the nests. Most of the time on Nest 1 the youngsters are standing gazing at the world beyond their nest, preening, or dozing. Next comes eating and last is exercising!

Nevertheless there has been progress in the last three days. Blue UV looked well ahead early in the week.

Blue UV with a good leap on 22 July (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue UV with a good leap on 22 July
(c) Forestry Commission England

But even an expert can get caught out with the debris littering the nest. The image below is from today.

Blue UV has an ungainly landing as Blue VT dines on a new fish and Blue VV has a bite from a remnant (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue UV has an ungainly landing as Blue VT dines on a new fish and Blue VV has a bite from a remnant
(c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VV seemed to be catching Blue UV up and even managed a jump whilst carrying a stick!

On Wednesday Blue VV did a reasonable jump carrying a twig (c) Forestry Commission England

On Wednesday Blue VV did a reasonable jump carrying a twig
(c) Forestry Commission England

And on Thursday morning she reached her personal best height.

A spring in Blue VV's step! (c) Forestry Commission England

A spring in Blue VV’s step!
(c) Forestry Commission England

But somewhat surprisingly given her focus on food the nearest to ‘helicoptering’ has been Blue VT. A definite ‘mini-helicoptering’ was executed on Thurday afternoon. Here is a link to a video of that, and some other, efforts by the Nest 1 trio.

In a second Blue VT was completely out of shot (c) Forestry Commission England

In a second Blue VT was completely out of shot
(c) Forestry Commission England

She has also risen to the challenge of dealing with a live fish. YA left one for the three youngsters and as usual Blue VT went to collect it. But it flapped at her, slightly disconcerting! Unlike her sibling Blue 6H last year, who took several minutes to decide on a good strategy, Blue VT dispatched the trout efficiently and was soon tearing off large morsels.

Blue VT working on the live trout (c) Forestry Commission England

Blue VT working on the live trout
(c) Forestry Commission England

Under 5 minutes from delivery, Blue VT is tearing large pieces from the fish (c) Forestry Commision England

Under 5 minutes from delivery, Blue VT is tearing large pieces from the fish
(c) Forestry Commision England

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One Response to Nest 1: movement towards fledging. And a live fish challenge!

  1. That helicoptering is impressive: I’d call it flight except it doesn’t go anywhere! It won’t be long now.

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