The three chicks on Nest 2 were ringed today. All were deemed healthy but were a bit camera shy. Here are the three females!
You can see that chick 2 in the centre is the largest looking. And she weighed more than elder sibling chick 1 who is two days older. No surprise given her urge to eat!
Chick 1 is now Blue Y4 and weighed 1730 g.
Chick 2 is Blue Y5 and was recorded at 1750 g, the heaviest of the 9 chicks ringed to date.
Chick 3 – Blue Y6 – was a surprising 1720 g given how much smaller she looks. Her increased feeding levels over the last few days have packed on the pounds!
You can see in the photo above that Blue Y6 has relatively pale eyes for a chick.
Blue Y5, in typical dominant mood, demonstrated the difference when the youngsters returned to the nest.
Back in their own home Y5 was the only chick keen to pose.
There are two chicks on Nest 4 which is not unusual for first time parents. The chicks hatched during a spell of bad weather so Blue 69 and the female have done well to rear them to this stage – roughly four weeks old.
This brings the total number of chicks at Kielder to eleven, three more than fledged in our record year 2014. A wonderful statistic!