Nest 1 chick has its first few bites

Although the chick was too uncoordinated to take one of the morsels offered by Mrs YA earlier in the day, by soon after 13.30 it had three mouthfuls.

The chick gets its first bite (c) Forestry Commission England

The chick gets its first bite
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA didn’t stint on portion size!

That's a big mouthful! (c) Forestry Commission England

That’s a big mouthful!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Another two bites followed.

A second mouthful (c) Forestry Commission England

A second mouthful
(c) Forestry Commission England

But then it was that ‘too full’ feeling.

The chick is feeling full after three mouthfuls (c) Forestry Commission England

The chick is feeling full after three mouthfuls
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA tendered more tasty pieces of trout but after a few minutes gave up.

By an hour later the little chick was more able to hold its head high. But YA had taken the fish!

The chick has held its head up for several seconds (c) Forestry Commission England

The chick has held its head up for several seconds
(c) Forestry Commission England

Shortly before 15.00 the rains came down in earnest. Mrs YA got set for a very wet time.

Mrs YA has the soggy look (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA has the soggy look
(c) Forestry Commission England

On Nest 2 after bringing a trout 37 incubated for well over an hour. There was no sign of any emerging chicks when Mrs 37 returned. She too is low over the eggs.

 

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2 Responses to Nest 1 chick has its first few bites

  1. Vivien Finn says:

    Chicks are so tiny and fragile when just hatched but being underneath Mrs YA should be nice and cosy for this chick during the night. Perhaps not so cosy though for Mrs YA, with the inclement weather. I hope all is well today.

  2. Starling says:

    Thank you Joanna. Glad the chick has had it’s first taste of fish!
    Are there any plans to track any of the chicks this year?

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