First, we can confirm that chick 2 on Nest 2 hatched at approximately 16.56 on 25 May. This was the first sight of the new arrival, the head is visible beside chick 1.
It is now 35 days since egg 3 was laid, so a hatch could be soon. At the time of writing it looks intact. But our non-PTZ nestcams don’t reveal cracks so hatching could be underway.
The last two days have seen plentiful fish supplies and feeds. On both days 37 brought 3 fish to the nest during the 12 hours of streaming. Interestingly the first 2 deliveries after chick 2 hatched were both Brown Trout. He can find them in burns or a river which are closer to the nest than the reservoir.
The chicks were fed 8 times yesterday and 7 times on Thursday. Meal lengths were increasing before chick 2’s arrival as chick 1 managed to eat more morsels.
The average feed now is about 8-10 minutes long, depending on the gap between top ups. This short video shows chick 2 enjoying a few bites soon after hatching. It faced the wrong way for the first couple of feeds, but it has mastered the technique now. Press HD for best quality on all videos, apologies for freezing at times.
37 is working hard, providing the catches and helping with the feeds more than some males. He tried to feed EB too yesterday, but she was having none of it.
Sometimes all the chores can get a bit wearing.
Nests 3 and 4 should have chicks on their nests soon.
The Nest 3 female is tired before she has much work to do!
On Nest 4, 69 seems to be trying to prevent us from seeing hatching.
But that clump didn’t do the trick.
We’re unsighted on what is happening within the nest at Nest 1A. However it is clear incubation is over so all the eggs must have hatched. (The fourth egg reached the ’37 day since laying’ point earlier today and later eggs normally hatch before then.) Feeding behaviour appears to indicate there are at least two chicks. It will probably be a couple of weeks before nestcam coverage can be restored.
There’ll be an update on UV over the next couple of days. He’s been at Kielder and also explored some new places.