Piling on the pounds

The last update on Nest 2 was a week ago. How the chicks have grown since then!

last feed of the day
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tucking in again
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Chick 1 especially – 22 days old yesterday – looks like a young osprey now.

37 has been delivering 2-3 fish a day at least (as seen in 12 hours of streaming).

more food, hurray!
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The chicks have been fed well by EB. Last year, her first at Kielder, she mostly stopped feeding whilst chicks were still asking for more. This year she pursues them across the nest to offer another morsel. Press HD for best quality on all clips.

Although there have been showers or spells of rain most days in the past week, with feathers developing and better temperature regulation, the chicks eat for several minutes in light rain.

the 6th feed – so not essential given it is raining and crops are quite full
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The chicks preen or sleep when not eating (which can be for 2 hours of the 12) and also explore the nest and the world beyond.

Or chew bits of bark, just like the parents.

On Nest 4 – where the oldest chick is 6 days younger than the Nest 2 equivalent – progress isn’t quite as striking. Chick 2 hatched about 18 hours after chick 1, but the difference has looked more like 2-3 days.

chick 1 gets the lion’s share as usual
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Although adults will often feed chick 1 first, then chick 2, on Nest 4 chick 2 has been ignored at some mealtimes even when a large portion of fish remains.

Chick 2 received more food yesterday afternoon and evening than has been the norm. It is looking stronger than it was around lunchtime yesterday, when it was quite lethargic.

chick 2 begs strongly – and is fed
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Although there is rain at times today, the forecast is for dry and warm weather in the days ahead. Good conditions for foraging and eating!

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