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!
The last blog mentioned chick 2’s domination of chick 3.
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 2 even had a go at EB when she poked it with a stick – it will need watching at ringing later this week!
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 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.
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.