Family friction

The weather at Kielder today was calm but life on Nest 1 wasn’t at times! The day started quietly with the family gathered by a fish as the nestcam stream rolled.

YA has provided breakfast (c) Forestry Commission England

YA has provided breakfast
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks have changed overnight, literally, and are much more uniformly dark with their second down. Below is an image from yesterday.

Chick 1 keeps on top (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 keeps on top!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Here is a video showing them on Sunday; there is even more contrast in their colour then and today.
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If you watched the video  then the fighting between the chicks was a foretaste for today at times. Chick 1 is mostly the assailant but Chick 2 usually won’t give in for an easy life. Here is one incident where Chick 2 doesn’t fight back.

Apart from occasional scraps there was further peril on the nest – Mrs YA!

There was a lot of eating and snoozing too. Late in the afternoon there was yet another snack and YA flew in to watch the session from a safe distance!

YA heads in to watch a feed from the tree behind the nest (c) Forestry Commission England

YA heads in to watch a feed
from the tree behind the nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

Nest 2 also had a food filled day with a bit of aggression thrown in. This is a meal about to begin at 15.20.

37 has just handed over tea (c) Forestry Commission England

37 has just handed over tea
(c) Forestry Commission England

37 is 10 years old today. His parents at Glaslyn in Wales raised young who are breeding in England and Scotland. 37 has produced ten fledglings and three of his four 2011 and 2012 offspring have been seen back in the UK which is an exceptional return rate. We are delighted he chose to breed at Kielder.

Yellow 37 and family (c) Forestry Commission England

Yellow 37 and family
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

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One Response to Family friction

  1. thehutts says:

    Happy Birthday 37! Sally

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