Growing pains!

The chicks on Nest 1 and Nest 2 are doing very well in the warmer weather and with plentiful fish. Here is a video to show how they have grown over roughly their first week, which began with less good weather. Now a feed lasts about 10 minutes in comparison with 2 minutes or less in the first couple of days after hatching. Up to seven feeds are observed between 09.00 and 18.00.

Yesterday the chicks had regular meals or top ups interspersed with sleeping to let some of the food digest – they had very uncomfortable looking crops at times! In this short video one Nest 1 chick is almost out of the nest cup.

On both nests there was bullying by the eldest chick at times. The Nest 1 chick was particularly aggressive in the morning. Chick 2 was either stunned for a minute or more or ‘playing dead’ but it had a nip at the bigger chick when it rose again.

Chick 1 launches at Chick 2 (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 launches at Chick 2
(c) Forestry Commission England

Even when the sibling submitted Chick 1 would launch another attack. Nevertheless Chick 2 fought back at times and by later in the day was sitting right beside Chick 1 at feeding time, rather than behind which it had tended to do.

Lining up (c) Forestry Commission England

Lining up
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA has always made sure Chick 2 has eaten well, sometimes feeding it first even when at the rear. Chick 1 has other plans when that happens!

Chick 1 tries to intercept a morsel for Chick 2 (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 tries to intercept a morsel for Chick 2
(c) Forestry Commission England

The slightly younger chicks on Nest 2 are nearly side by side already.

The bullying there isn’t quite as intense – yet.

Chick 1 bullies Chick 2 (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 bullies Chick 2
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

 

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