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!
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.
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.
And chick 4 definitely was well fed!
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.