Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Early Squabbles

The first week of the chicks lives at the main osprey nest has been a good one, with plenty of fish being delivered by their doting dad and mum doing a great job of being scrupulously fair at food distribution!

There have been some squabbles amongst the chicks though, with the largest and oldest chick ( not surprisingly) being the main culprit so far. It is quite normal for their to be sibling squabbles, especially in the first couple of weeks until a clear hierarchy develops. The biggest chick has been seen of the last couple of days, pecking at its second sibling and even at his mother- when she was trying to get it to sit down quietly under her!

Helpfully the three chicks are quite distinct from one another, and our volunteer staff can help you distinguish their differences. The oldest chick is also the palest and largest, with the second chick being much darker around the head. The youngest is of course much smaller and is also very pale.

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