Sun and shadows

It was the sunniest and warmest day of the year by a country mile at Kielder today. The young chicks on Nests 1 and 2 basked in the heat with both mothers offering shelter at times. The chicks are still unable to control their body temperature very well so need protection. A breeze in the nest areas would have helped too.

The sun meant shadows of birds near the nest could be seen and there were quite a few of intruders today. Here is a video of Mrs YA mantling as an intruder swooped low over the nest.

At the same time as an intrusion on Nest 1 the shadow of an osprey could be seen on Nest 2 as Mrs 37 protected her young.

An osprey swoops low (c) Forestry Commission England

An osprey swoops low
(c) Forestry Commission England

On a couple of occasions on both nests a meal was interrupted. The males were in attendance keeping a watchful eye during some feeds.

37 keeps watch whilst Mrs 37 tops up the chicks (c) Forestry Commission England

37 keeps watch whilst Mrs 37 tops up the chicks
(c) Forestry Commission England

Despite the intrusions the chicks were well fed. They are now out of the nest cup on both nests and on Nest 1 some moss and other material has been placed in the cup. The egg was not visible today but is probably under the new surface. Chick 2 on Nest 1 still gravitates towards the cup whereas Chick 1 explored quite an area today. Chick 1 also preened now and then. The rusty gold pinfeathers will soon start to appear on the head and neck.

Mrs YA and Chick 1 both preen (c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA and Chick 1 both preen. Chick 2 waves a wing!
(c) Forestry Commission England

There were a few spats on both nests with the majority being on Nest 2. Generally on Nest 1 the pair kept their distance!

The last video starts just after Mrs YA had flown off the nest. Chick 1 wakes up and thinks of food.

 

 

 

 

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