Nest 2: catching up

It is over a week since a blog about Nest 2. There have been behavioural changes in that time apart from the continuing growth of the chicks who now look much more like ospreys!

chick 3's wings look much more like an osprey at 30 days old (c) Forestry Commission England

chick 3’s wings look much more like an osprey’s at 30 days old
(c) Forestry Commission England

The last blog mentioned chick 2’s domination of chick 3.

chick 2 shepherds chick 3 away (c) Forestry Commission England

chick 2 shepherds chick 3 away
(c) Forestry Commission England

For the last few days this has reduced significantly. Chick 3 seldom joins the other two at the start of a meal but tries to edge in after a few minutes and usually after chick 1 has flopped. But when chick 3 does eat it will continue for 20 minutes or more. The size difference is getting much less obvious now.

chick 3 looks replete after 20 minutes of eating! (c) Forestry Commission England

chick 3 looks replete after 20 minutes of eating on its own!
(c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 2 even had a go at EB when she poked it with a stick – it will need watching at ringing later this week!

Chick 2 tackles EB (c) Forestry Commission England

Chick 2 tackles EB
(c) Forestry Commission England

The ‘mist’ is the result of a direct hit by a chick, one of several in the last week. The rain has some advantages.

EB is a dedicated shelterer (c) Forestry Commission England

EB is a dedicated shelterer
(c) Forestry Commission England

EB is usually quick to try and shelter her chicks in rain and will lie beside them in the sun – when that rare object appears.

The chicks have spent much time teasing out their adult feathers. The sheaths are less brittle in damp weather so it is harder work for the brood.

headless ospreys (c) Forestry Commission England

preening ospreys
(c) Forestry Commission England

They are also exercising their wings but are still quite ungainly. Click the HD button for best quality in these short clips.

On 1 July UV landed on Nest 1A, his parents’ nest. He spent several hours at Kielder that day and took a look at Nest 2 as well. You can see his tracker in this image of him at his closest to the nest. Click on the image to enlarge it.

UV flies past Nest 2 (c) Forestry Commission England

UV flies past Nest 2
(c) Forestry Commission England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Nest 2: catching up

  1. Cirrus says:

    Can’t believe the season is running so fast to its end ! Fledging isn’t that far away. So glad they are all thriving

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