Life on Nest 3

The two chicks on Nest 3 are now over four weeks old and are looking in good shape. Despite the limited coverage they are often eating. Although there are frequent feeds there is the occasional snatching attempt!

chick 2 fancies the piece destined for chick 1 (c) Forestry Commission England

chick 2 fancies the piece destined for chick 1
(c) Forestry Commission England

They are preening more as their adult feathers grow.

joint preening (c) Forestry Commission England

joint preening
(c) Forestry Commission England

The male and female share the feeding duty.

The male feeds chick 2 (c) Forestry Commission England

The male feeds chick 2
(c) Forestry Commission England

Although most of the clips show sleeping, eating or preening chicks there are occasions when chick 1 shows who is boss. Chick 2 had reared itself first, though!

chick 1 imposes authority (c) Forestry Commission England

chick 1 imposes authority
(c) Forestry Commission England

There was no evidence of an intruder on 20 June when UV spent the day in Kielder Forest but on 22 June an osprey flew around the area for a few minutes. It was never really close to the nest. In this image it is just above the trees at the rear of the clear fell.

An intruding osprey in the distance (c) Forestry Commission England

An intruding osprey in the distance
(c) Forestry Commission England

Here is a video of the developing chicks.

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