More on Nest 1A ringing

On an overcast and midge-ridden morning at Nest 1A, the chicks were health checked and ringed. YA was on perch duty as the small team approached.

YA is about to be interrupted
(c) Joanna Dailey

He and Mrs YA flew around the area, alarm calling. The chicks obeyed the signal to ‘play dead’. They were lowered to the ground for the Kielder ornithologist to check them and fit the BTO and Darvic rings. All were in good condition. Chick 1 was given the Darvic ring Blue Y9.

Blue Y9 hides her bling
(c) Joanna Dailey

Assessed as female, she weighed in at 1740g.

Chick 2 was next.

Blue 8P ‘poses’ behind her sister’s tail feathers
(c) Forestry Commission England

Another female, ringed Blue 8P, she weighed slightly more than her elder sister – 1750g. She tends to eat for a bit longer at meal times, so the weight was no surprise.

Blue 8P on the left, Blue Y9 to the right
(c) Joanna Dailey

Chick 3 showed rather more interest in proceedings. The remnant of the egg tooth is visible at the tip of the beak.

Blue 6P
(c) Forestry Commission England

Weighing 1390g and with slimmer tarsi, Blue 6P is the male of the trio.

YA and Mrs YA were keeping watch over the ringing process, YA was usually nearer the nest.

YA patrols
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks were returned to their home.

After the ringing team left the chicks lay still in the nest. They watched Mrs YA at times as she flew around the area. It took a while for them to get on with life, but then it was all go.

6P shouts for food, his sisters watch Mrs YA
(c) Forestry Commission England

6P can’t wait for Mrs YA to feed him, his sisters decide to exercise
(c) Forestry Commission England

Mrs YA arrived to take control of the fish and the youngsters ate for around an hour.

YA brought a new fish soon after 18.00.

YA has just landed with a fish
(c) Forestry Commission England

Normality has returned to Nest 1A.

 

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6 Responses to More on Nest 1A ringing

  1. Amanda Frost says:

    Thanks for the blow-by-blow account!

  2. Cathy says:

    Lovely. Thanks Jaydee. Here’s to many more.

  3. Vic Paine says:

    Excellent photos Jo, just goes to show you don’t have to spend a lot of money on kit (unlike some people I could mention).

  4. Jo says:

    Super review and photos Joanna and Forestry Commission – thank you ….. the chicks look fantastically fit ….. Here’s to a bonny future for these three!

  5. Vivien Finn says:

    Wonderful news, Joanna. Gosh the chicks look so strong and sturdy. Thank you for a delightful blog, and photos.

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