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.
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.
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.
By early afternoon chick 3 was scarcely moving.
69 and Mrs 69 both fed chicks 1 and 2 when conditions allowed.
A similar situation later, the last feed of the day, though a slight movement by chick 3 was seen.
After that feed the rain was ceaseless.
Chicks 1 and 2 should see tomorrow, but for chick 3 that will take a miracle.