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