The nestcam on Nest 3 records for 3 hours a day, more than previous years thanks to Forestry Commission Radio and Electronics Branch installing a new management system, but that is still only a glimpse into activity. Over the last week, the youngest chick, Acomb doesn’t seem to have made much progress. Nor has the eldest, Archer. Ancroft, is proving that males do tend to fledge ahead of females, although he isn’t there yet. Or perhaps the clips are misleading!
A couple of days ago, Archer was exercising and Ancroft was feeding himself.
Mostly, the recordings show Ancroft exercising and the other two sleeping or eating!
These clips show Archer’s ‘progress’ between 14 July and now. Press HD for best quality on all clips.
Acomb appeared to be quite advanced, with hops and jumps added to flapping by a week ago, Plenty of focus, too!
But there hasn’t been much advance since.
Ancroft was jumping across the nest by 17 July.
He’s come on in leaps and bounds since then!
We should discover the fledge dates over the next week. No bets on who will be first!