The weather in the Kielder area – and elsewhere – has been very poor for the last few days with rain, gale force winds and low temperatures for the time of year. Nevertheless the Nest 1 and Nest 2 parents have been exemplary in their protection of the chicks (always the female during nestcam streaming) and feeding them. On Nest 2 Mrs 37 has been feeding the young with her back obscuring the view most of the time. But on 31 May she let us have a view too.
Regular followers will have noticed that the abandoned egg had been returned to the nest cup outside streaming hours. Later that day 37 brought a new fish to the nest and gave a couple of morsels to Mrs 37 who was brooding.
On 1 June despite the weather three ‘part fish’ were on Nest 2 for much of the day. Here chick 2 has quite a large morsel to manage.
Today the Nest 2 chicks had a couple of meals in the morning then a gap until late afternoon when 37 brought fresh supplies. Mrs 37 had a bite or two before the chicks ate. Then she was in the way again!
Over on Nest 1 the chicks are also doing well. On 31 May YA had a cunning plan to feed his young. He landed with a fish which Mrs YA took and started to eat. YA had some trout in his beak and whilst Mrs YA was distracted he went over to the chicks.
Unfortunately the small beaks failed to coordinate with his. On 1 June YA supplied a couple of fish and Mrs YA fed the chicks five times during the nestcam streaming.
Today when streaming began there were three ‘part fish’ on Nest 1. A couple of tail ends can be seen on the nest as Mrs YA feeds the chicks.
The third egg on Nest 1 is now extremely unlikely to hatch. Third eggs normally hatch at around 35/36 days. The Nest 1 egg is now over 40 days old. The adults incubated very well during nestcam streaming so perhaps it was never fertilised. Despite that – and especially with the adverse weather – it is a privilege to see how the adults cope and the chicks put on weight.