After the euphoria of seeing Chick 3 hatch yesterday on Nest 2 the weather today at Kielder has not helped the tiny chick catch up with the much older (six day gap) siblings. Here is a video from late yesterday of a feed for the new chick – and the siblings!
Today the weather has been very windy and at times very wet. Mrs 37 didn’t raise from the chicks until after 10.00 and they were all asleep. In between wet spells she fed them four times. Some of the time she was between the chicks and the nestcam but in the first feed at 11.41 Chick 3 only started to beg near the end and was facing the wrong way. Mostly it was resting on Chick 2.
The next feed was at 13.24 and Chick 3 even though floppy – as day old chicks are – managed a few bites.
In the next feed Chick 3 did not beg at all. For the last feed in a break from the rain it may possibly have received a few morsels but seemed weak and not raising its head from brief glimpses.
Mrs 37 is an experienced parent and in 2012 did her very best to rear the third chick who never thrived. 37 is a good provider, even in poor conditions. Chick 3 showed yesterday it had willpower. Hopefully tomorrow with better weather it will gain ground.