Nest 1A ringing

The 3 chicks on Nest 1A were ringed on 11 July.

group photo
(c) Joanna Dailey

YA was supervising from above, with Mrs YA higher and flying in a wider circle.

about to turn to circle again
(c) Joanna Dailey

After a few minutes YA retreated a little. The adults restricted themselves to occasional calls to their young to lie still. Which 2 did, largely, but chick 1 was less keen to obey.

don’t mess with me
(c) Joanna Dailey

The vital stats for the 3 chicks were a slight surprise. Chick 3, 38 days old yesterday, was the heaviest despite looking about ¾ the size of the 40 day old siblings. Chick 3 was ringed Blue 222. She weighed 1610g.

back home for 222
(c) Paul Pickett

She was named Binky, after a burn that flows into Kielder Water below some crags of the same name.

Binky surveys her territory
(c)Paul Pickett

The largest looking chick, chick 2, weighed 1600g. She was ringed Blue 221. Although she is quite dominant on the nest of late, she was very subdued on the ground. As her parents would want.

feathers growing well
(c) Joanna Dailey

She was named Byrness, pronounced Burness, after a forest village near Catcleugh Reservoir NW of Kielder Forest. Tracked Kielder juveniles visit the reservoir, and ospreys summer there occasionally.

Byrness would rather be in the nest
(c) Joanna Dailey

Byrness’s BTO ring in close up
(c) Paul Pickett

Chick 1, who had been the dominant chick until Byrness started to get rather tetchy at times, weighed 1550g. He was given Blue 223 to wear, and you can see from the first photo that he is quite lively out of the nest. He was named Broomlee after the Lough near Hadrian’s Wall, which UV has visited.

Broomlee on the left, Binky prone beside him
(c) Joanna Dailey

Mrs YA perched in a tree very near the nest as soon as the ringing party drove off. YA was seen flying in the area, but not by the nestcam until he brought some late lunch. His family were hungry! The medium sized rainbow trout lasted them 23 minutes.

Byrness, back to being bossy, has the first bite
(c) Forestry Commission England

The chicks on Nest 3 will be ringed next week.

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4 Responses to Nest 1A ringing

  1. KeithR says:

    Thanks for the comprehensive reports regarding the ringing at nests 1A – 2 and 4. Looks if all went well and all six chicks are in good health.

  2. P. Gilson says:

    Hi, just wondering if any chicks are having trackers fitted this year and if not, why?

  3. Jo says:

    Well ….. don’t they all look splendid ….. what super weights – YA and Mrs have certainly done them proud ……

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