Ancroft leads the way on Nest 3

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.

Archer flaps, Ancroft tackles a whole trout
(c) Forestry Commission England

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!

(c) Forestry Commission England

But there hasn’t been much advance since.

Ancroft was jumping across the nest by 17 July.

Ancroft jumps across the nest
(c) Forestry Commission England

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!

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2 Responses to Ancroft leads the way on Nest 3

  1. M Simmonds says:

    Thank you Jaydee. Great to see them progressing… whatever speed!

  2. Jo says:

    Yes Mike – they will all come into their own ….. pleased they are all well.

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