Nest 1A – not so tranquil, but nothing to do with UV!

After the huge excitement of UV spending the day at Kielder yesterday it was a bit disappointing to review clips from nests and find no evidence of him. But that in itself is interesting. He would have seen all four nests yet did not intrude on Nests 1A and 2, nor land on his now unused natal nest, Nest 1. Which is rather in need of a tidy!

Only a Bee intruded (c) Forestry Commission England

Only a Bee intruded
(c) Forestry Commission England

Nest 3 clips will be reviewed tomorrow but there is only limited recording. At Kielder we identify a good number of intruding ospreys each year – mainly from brief landings on nests or, occasionally, a low sortie. UV didn’t fly near enough two active nests to cause the adults to alarm. Nor did he land on his natal nest. Yet he was at various points in Kielder Forest for over nine hours. Food for thought!

Back to Nest 1A.  Four growing chicks to support is a big task. Thanks to the Forestry Commission Radio and Electronics Branch we have had nestcam coverage since the chicks were around a couple of weeks old and at that point it seemed raising four chicks was plain sailing – orderly feeding, no attempts to dominate seen.

That changed a little after the poorer weather last week and chick 1 has given chick 4 a tough time.

Chick 1 pushes chick 4 right onto the pole edge (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 1 pushes chick 4 right onto the pole edge
(c) Forestry Commission England

Food didn’t seem to be in short supply but despite chicks 1 and 4 often eating side by side in early days that does not happen now. Chick 4 has been last to eat much of the time. However yesterday fish supply improved.

Two fish on the nest, two feeds (c) Forestry Commission England

Two fish on the nest, two feeds
(c) Forestry Commission England

And chick 4 definitely was well fed!

Chick 4 feels a bit full (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 4 feels a bit full
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks are trying out leg and wing muscle strengthening exercises. In this clip chick 4 concentrates on food whilst chick 3 initially then chick 1 try to coordinate wing flaps whilst standing.

This video shows more of life on Nest 1A. Enjoy.

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3 Responses to Nest 1A – not so tranquil, but nothing to do with UV!

  1. JW4926 says:

    Osprey land at Kielder …….. how many other un-monitored nests are known of in the area? Chick 1’s treatment of Chick 4 will make him/her stronger hopefully (Got the T-shirt!) Thanks for the update and the pics and videos Joanna :-)

    • joannadailey says:

      The Forestry Commission Rangers are always on the look out for any new natural nest sites so it is extremely unlikely that there are any on FC land. Chick 4 had a peck at chick 1 today, s/he probably regretted it but feistiness is there!

  2. JW4926 says:

    Just wondering what the boy might’ve been doing :-) Good for 4! No gain without pain :-)

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