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.
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.
Assessed as female, she weighed in at 1740g.
Chick 2 was next.
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.
Chick 3 showed rather more interest in proceedings. The remnant of the egg tooth is visible at the tip of the beak.
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.
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.
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.
Normality has returned to Nest 1A.