Too wet for too long

At Kielder rain has been relentless today. Following on from a mainly wet Monday feeding opportunities have been even more limited. The youngest chick on Nest 4 is unlikely to have survived.

Yesterday 69 provided 3 fish, but opportunities for the chicks to feed were few. Often an adult obscured the view when morsels were offered, so it was impossible to tell how much trout was consumed by each chick. Chick 3 tends to be at the rear and has consistently received less morsels than the siblings. This image is from the end of a 4 minute feed, just after Mrs 69 flew.

chicks 1 and 2 have obviously eaten, at the rear chick 3’s crop is unseen
(c) Forestry Commission England

To the chicks it would appear there wasn’t enough food yesterday – rather than rain was preventing meals – and sibling aggression, mostly between chicks 1 and 2, was evident. One such event ensured chick 3 ate well at the last observed session of the day. The others had been engaged in fisticuffs for a couple of minutes.

chick 3 going strong  
(c) Forestry Commission England

Today chick 3 appeared weak from the start. Press HD for best quality on all videos.

There was a partly eaten fish on the nest, but nevertheless 69 brought another. He fed Mrs 69, the first time we have seen that at Kielder although it happens elsewhere.

He gave her morsels again later afternoon.

another top up for Mrs 69
(c) Forestry Commission England

By early afternoon chick 3 was scarcely moving.

chick 3 isn’t able to sit up
(c) Forestry Commission England

69 and Mrs 69 both fed chicks 1 and 2 when conditions allowed.

only 2 chicks begging
(c) Forestry Commission Kielder

A similar situation later, the last feed of the day, though a slight movement by chick 3 was seen.

another feed for 2 chicks
(c) Forestry Commission England

After that feed the rain was ceaseless.

more hard yards for Mrs 69
(c) Forestry Commission England

Chicks 1 and 2 should see tomorrow, but for chick 3 that will take a miracle.


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5 Responses to Too wet for too long

  1. Jo says:

    Thanks Joanna for the update …… not wholly unexpected I’m afraid ….. let’s see what tomorrow brings ……

  2. Ann Norman says:

    It seems that’s the way it goes with osprey chicks but it’s very very hard to watch. The rain has been unremitting today. Let’s hope for a respite tomorrow.

  3. M Simmonds says:

    How sad Jaydee.

  4. sheilaeffie says:

    The weather has been particularly cruel at a crucial time in their wee lives after such a wonderful incubation period. I hope the news is better for the older siblings.

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