Pecking order on Nest 1A

Over the last couple of days the chicks on Nest 1A have spent time teasing their feathers out of the sheaths. Some flapping of wings provides gentle exercise. They still sleep a lot but some assertion of pecking order has been observed too. Chick 1 definitely rules the roost!

Chick 1 about to bash chick 4 (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 about to bash chick 4
(c) Forestry Commission England

Although on that occasion Chick 4 had struck first.

Attack isn't always the best form of defence (c) Forestry Commission England

Attack isn’t always the best form of defence
(c) Forestry Commission England

YA appears to have been a bit lacking on the food provision front. The nestcam hours are 08.00-20.00 and there is either a feeding session underway or a part fish on the nest when streaming begins. But within the 12 hour window he has brought only a couple of fish recently and sometimes ones of modest size. Not late on Tuesday though!

About twice the size of the last offering (c) Forestry Commission England

About twice the size of the last offering
(c) Forestry Commission England

Foraging should have been straightforward – the water has been relatively calm and visibility reasonable – for a male with his experience at Kielder. But the female has nagged at him when he has been bringing sticks or clods of earth and sometimes the chicks have been less ‘polite’ to each other when a fish is eventually delivered. Not always. On 15 June chick 4 was unchallenged for a while when Mrs YA began to feed despite no fish having been consumed since before 08.00.

First observed feed of the day, only chick 4 attends (c) Forestry Commission England

First observed feed of the day, only chick 4 eats
(c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 has tended to be the first to eat – such a big mouth to fill, too!

Chick 1 wants food NOW (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 wants food NOW
(c) Forestry Commission England

This video shows some of the behaviour over the last couple of days.

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In a couple of weeks time the chicks will be ringed and, subject to health/weight checks, one chick will be fitted with a GSM tracker.

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One Response to Pecking order on Nest 1A

  1. Mike Simmonds says:

    Thank you Jaydee.

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