The chicks on Nest 3 include the last to hatch at Kielder this year. Soon after its arrival on 4 June the wet weather struck, and, although footage showed the chick was being fed well up until 10 June, there has been more wet weather since then. A power problem means there is no recorded footage over the last few days. During a brief visit this morning the female was brooding but 3 ‘part chicks’ were visible occasionally.
One chick looks much larger than its siblings. Then a chick popped out, the smallest.
Chick 1 is 4 days older than chick 3, but the difference in size was quite a surprise.
We’ll never know what happened – illness, lack of food etc – to result in the limited development of chick 3. But it was alert when not snoozing and the forecast is for a settled and warm spell.
At the weekend there’ll be an update on UV, who resumed his wanderings not long after leading us to believe he might be thinking of settling down. Typical osprey behaviour!