Nests 1A and Nest 2 – changing chicks and more

Each day brings a change in the chicks, especially the Nest 2 chicks who have entered the second phase recently. The last blog about Nest 2 described chick 3 missing out sometimes during feeds. Chick 3 has found it hard to push to the front to attract attention and even when it has the older chicks have a better reach to grab a piece of fish. At some feeds it received nothing. The four day plus gap between chick 1’s hatch and chick 3’s is clear in their appearance.

Chick 1 is twice chick 3's size (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1’s wings are over twice the size of chick 3’s 
(c) Forestry Commission England

EB was ending feeds before the chicks slumped with a food overdose – the latter is the norm at Kielder and most nests. 37 has brought plenty of fish so it isn’t clear why she tended to ration meals, leaving at least one of the chicks begging hard. Over the last 2 or 3 days she has fed them regularly – a maximum of 11 feeds in 12 recorded hours although usually about half that. She has allowed 37 to offer the odd morsel too, although more often he sneaks in when EB is off gathering nest material. Things are on the up!

EB watches 37 (c) Forestry Commission England

37 takes his chance
(c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 3 is eating larger morsels as it grows.

Chick 3 manages a big chunk (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 3 manages a big chunk
(c) Forestry Commission England

Over the last couple of days its crop has been full before EB has stopped feeding it. It should thrive now after the slightly rocky start.

A plump crop on chick 3 (c) Forestry Commission England

A plump crop on chick 3
(c) Forestry Commission England

Yesterday 37 was 11 years old. He posed for a birthday photo!

Birthday boy (c) Forestry Commission England

Birthday boy
(c) Forestry Commission England

There are still intrusions on Nest 2 but we haven’t had a close view of a ringed osprey. There is quite a bit of bullying too. Perhaps EB’s feeding strategy causes the chicks to feel there is a supply issue. Here is a video of feeding, an intruder and bullying on Nest 2.

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On Nest 1A the chicks look HUGE in comparison to Nest 2! The youngest chick there is a week older than the eldest on Nest 2. Chick 1 on Nest 1A, who is just over three weeks old, can stand and totter. And almost looks like an osprey!

A milestone for chick 1 (c) Forestry Commission England

A milestone for chick 1
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mostly the chicks sleep and eat – a feed can last well over an hour. Unlike EB Mrs YA is keen to ensure her offspring are very full. Here she goes over to check two of them can’t manage ‘afters’.

She shelters her brood from the sun as best she can by standing on the edge above them and spreading her wings. She found it harder to offer protection during the recent heavy showers.

Chicks ooze out! (c) Forestry Commission England

Too many, too big!
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Nests 1A and Nest 2 – changing chicks and more

  1. JW4926 says:

    Gosh – they’re keeping you all busy up there …… amazing the different feeding strategies …. good to see the little one catching up on 2. Mrs YA with top-ups …… so gentle. Thank you, as ever, Joanna, for the updates :-)

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