A better day for Nest 4

Although there was yet more rain this morning at Kielder, the 2 surviving Nest 4 chicks have had a good day. 69 brought a middling size trout late morning.

chick 1 takes a morsel
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks had two short meals during the wet spell.

The next fish delivery was a much better specimen.

several meals arrive
(c) Forestry Commission England

Seeing the crops swelling with food was a delight after recent days.

crops filling up well
(c) Forestry Commission England

Roughly half the trout stayed by Mrs 69 until she fed the chicks again.

the chicks are sated
(c) Forestry Commission England

This has been a tough week for ospreys in many areas with the prolonged wet weather. The Nest 4 pair are breeding for their 2nd year and are still learning. Their chicks are under-developed for their age, but, with ‘only’ showers forecast for the next few days, they should make good progress.

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3 Responses to A better day for Nest 4

  1. Jo says:

    Your update is a relief Joanna …… thank you …… and that fish at 3:21 ….. an angler’s dream … It’s been a hard learning curve for many this season ……. Any news on Nest 1A please?

    • joannadailey says:

      We can see feeding is occurring on Nest 1A. Close views aren’t possible without causing disturbance. No idea how many chicks, sorry, other than all 4 hatched.

  2. Stevie says:

    Hopefully not too long before the cameras are up and running again. Hopefully the break in the rain will allow chicks to become bigger and therefore stronger, Joanna. Probably the toughest time to try and raise a family of four. Fingers crossed!

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