Floundering about! And UV and Nest 4 info

In the chilly and sometimes damp weather this week EB has spent much of her time sheltering her growing offspring on Nest 2. The chicks are seldom completely tucked in.

chick 1 chews a stick and chick 3 yawns (c) Forestry Commission England

chick 1 chews a stick and chick 3 yawns
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks are starting to look more like ospreys – especially chick 1 who is over four days older than chick 3 and it shows.

Large, medium and small (c) Forestry Commission England

Large, medium and small
(c) Forestry Commission England

Although small chick 3 stands up for itself in this short video of it pecking chick 2.

Several days later chick 3 is still not intimidated!

chick 3 tries to look tall (c) Forestry Commission England

chick 3 tries to look tall
(c) Forestry Commission England

Nest 2 sees the most competition between the chicks. Even after a feed has lasted several minutes all three will try and snatch the next morsel.

All three want to get the next bite (c) Forestry Commission England

All three want to get the next bite
(c) Forestry Commission England

When there is a long gap between feeds either chick 1 or chick 2 will pull or push chick 3 out of the line.

A couple of times this week several hours have elapsed between meals. 37 has been to his flounder source again. Maybe they are a favourite of new Nest 2 female EB!

Another flatfish for EB (c) Forestry Commission England

Another flatfish for EB
(c) Forestry Commission England

The second one, delivered on 16 June, was almost fully consumed in a continuous feed lasting from 17.23 to 18.52.

EB digs in near the start of the feast (c) Forestry Commission En

EB digs in near the start of the feast…
(c) Forestry Commission England

... a little bit left for later (c) Forestry Commission England

… only a little bit left for later
(c) Forestry Commission England

The lack of sun is adversely affecting UV’s battery voltage. As far as can be ascertained from the very few fixes he is often perched in shaded trees which also affects charging. A chart shows the unit may shut down temporarily or have already done so today after the data download.

courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

courtesy Paul Wildlifewriter

Although UV appears to be doing very little in one fix he was flying tantalisingly close to the Northumbrian border and was the nearest he has been to Kielder since 2014.

14 June: so near and yet so far

14 June: so near and yet so far

At the time of the fix he had crossed the A689.

UV's view from the A689 (c) Street View

UV’s view from the A689
(c) Street View

Finally, monitoring has confirmed that there is at least one chick on Nest 4 but the nest cup is quite deep and the chick(s) aren’t tall enough for a count. The eldest, if more than one, is about a week old now. The new parents have done well to balance feeding and sheltering requirements in the cool and wet weather.

 

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