11 May 2023 – Bad news

I have some bad news. Last night Chick #1 started taking a turn for the worse. It wasn’t any better this morning. We put plans in place to have it picked up and checked at ringing tomorrow morning. But sadly it died at 1pm today.

Fly free little one!

10 May 23 β€” Day 29

I was starting to think that it was all about Chicks #1 and #3 the last few days but today Chick #2 stole the show by being the first one to go explore the paddling pool. On its four weeks birthday too πŸ™‚

Chick #2
Chick #2

One of my favourite moments when the chicks discover the pool. It didn’t go as far as having a bath but it seemed to be enjoying itself. Check the clip if you haven’t already.


The rest of the day is about the same as the last few. Sleep, eat, flap, preen, sleep, flap, sleep, eat… πŸ˜‰

Chick #2
Chick #2

There were four feeds, all given by Azina, all of pigeon.

Azina feeding the chicks
Azina feeding the chicks


There was very heavy rain around 6pm. The shot below is of the three chicks huddled close together in the corner. It must have been scary with the noise on the roof of the box…

Huddling together as hail starts falling on the nest box
Huddling together as hail starts falling on the nest box

About half an hour before that I heard Tom alarm calling. I checked at my window and saw him rushing to gain height over my street. I went out and by then he’d gone beyond the cemetery and was over Kensington dive bombing a Buzzard.

A funny clip to finish:

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9 May 23 β€” Day 28

Happy 4 weeks birthday to Chick #1!

I forgot to mention yesterday that it was starting to mantle prey after grabbing it from a parent. It’s done it again twice today. πŸ˜‰

Chick #1 mantling prey
Chick #1 mantling prey


It’s also been ‘weird’ and sleeping sitting up on its own on the ledge while its siblings were pancaked in the nest box. I don’t remember a chick doing that before.

Chick #3 sleeping sitting up on the ledge
Chick #3 sleeping sitting up on the ledge


It rained all night but the day was dry so they went out to exercise a few times but they spent most of their time inside.

Pancakes
Pancakes


They were fed five times, four times by Azina and once by Tom. All feeds lasted around 25 minutes and all feeds consisted of pigeon.
Chick #3 has now caught up with its siblings in size; no more tiny one in the middle. And it looks like it’s growing bigger, bigger than Chick #1 for sure. It could be all the down giving a false impression but probably not…

Chicks #2, #1 and #3 from left to right
Chicks #2, #1 and #3 from left to right


The chicks will be ringed on Friday morning.

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8 May 23 β€” Day 27

The chicks have been in and out of the box a lot today but did all their sleeping inside. Chick #1 has slept most of the day sitting up while the others were pancaked.

Chick #1 sleeping sitting up while the others are pancaked
Chick #1 sleeping sitting up while the others are pancaked

There were 5 feeds and all of them were pigeon. Tom did one of them and Azina the others. He would have done an other but the chicks were still full from their previous one.

Azina feeding the chicks
Azina feeding the chicks

Two short clips with Chicks #1 and 2 flapping:

There was a feed Live on facebook which you can watch using this link.

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7 May 23 β€” Day 26

Not so many shots today as the chicks spent a lot of their time sleeping on the ledge in a spot hidden on both cameras.
Chick #2 has discovered its wings πŸ™‚

Chick #2 has found its wings
Chick #2 has found its wings


Chick #3 is now quite steady on its feet.

All three chicks out
All three chicks out


Chick #1 spent time sleeping sitting up.

Chick #1
Chick #1


There were only four feeds, the first one not being before 8am (it’s usually around 6am) but the last one was a double feed lasting nearly one hour. Starling and Pigeon on the menu again today.

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6 May 23 β€” Day 25

Today was Chick #3’s three weeks birthday and it’s doing very well. It was steadier on its feet than yesterday.

Chick #3
Chick #3

The chicks went out early in the morning, at the end of a feed by Tom.

They all settled to sleep in the ‘hidden corner’ and stayed there for two hours until the rain started getting heavier, at which point they all went back to the nest box. Chick #1 was the first one to get back in, it usually is. And they stayed there pretty much all day, apart for a short outing around 4pm.

Pancakes
Pancakes

Chick #2 was well improved since yesterday in standing and walking.

Chick #2
Chick #2


They got six feeds today, two by Tom and four by Azina. Pigeon and Starling was on the menu.

It rained for many hours and Azina got rather wet perched by the ledge. Tom landed on the perch a couple of minutes after she left and was totally dry. As we know he doesn’t like the rain and getting wet so I suspect he’d been hiding in one of his rain corners (on the railing on the 12th floor at the junction of North and West Wings usually).

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5 May 23 β€” Day 24

The chicks ended spending a fair bit of time on the ledge this afternoon and had two meals back to back out of the box. Tom had fed them for about 20 minutes. Less than 10 minutes later Azina arrived with more food. At first the chicks didn’t seem interested but one by one got more food and that feed lasted 40 minutes!

If you’re on facebook that double feed was during a long Live session.

Tom feeding the chicks
Tom feeding the chicks

There was variety on the menu again today with pigeon, starling and blackbird. Tom fed the chicks three times and Azina three times too. Very well fed kids!

Azina and the chicks
Azina and the chicks


Chick #1’s back is looking even more like a pincushion and Chick #2’s back has started. It’s somehow clearer in the night mode shots.

Top right is Chick #3, no pincushion; bottom is Chick #2, light pincushion; top left is Chick #1, pincushion more pronounced
Top right is Chick #3, no pincushion; bottom is Chick #2, light pincushion; top left is Chick #1, pincushion more pronounced

Chick #3 is still making real efforts to stand up and Chick #2 is getting better at it.

Chick #3 flapping
Chick #3 flapping

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4 May 23 β€” Day 23

No big outing today. Chick #2 went out for five minutes on its own and Chick #3 was back in as soon as it was out.

Chick #2 flapping
Chick #2 flapping


The chicks got to taste Parakeet for the first time this evening and they’d also had Starling on top of the usual Pigeon so a bit more variety on the menu today. Azina must have caught that Parakeet as it looked quite fresh and Tom had been sitting on or by the ledge for over an hour when she arrived with it.

First Parakeet
First Parakeet


There were only five feeds today but the chicks were very full at the end of each of them.
Chick #2 is getting a bit even more steady on its feet and Chick #3 is making more effort. Chick #1 has reached the pincushion back stage, making it quite easy to recognise it from its siblings today.

Chick #1 has reached the pincushion back stage
Chick #1 has reached the pincushion back stage

When it was sitting next to Chick #3 on the porch at one point the difference 4 days make was quite striking when looking at the cheek patch and around the eye.

You can see the difference 4 days make on the cheek patch comparing #1 on the left and #3 on the right
You can see the difference 4 days make on the cheek patch comparing #1 on the left and #3 on the right

Chick #3 cast a pellet on the back of Chick #2 this morning.

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3 May 23 β€” Day 22

Today was Chick #2′ 3 weeks birthday and to celebrate they all went out! πŸ˜‰

Chick #2
Chick #2

The big excursion started while Tom was doing a feed and it was Chick #2 who went out first. Chick #1 followed three minutes later and Chick #3 22 minutes later, after Tom had gone. Chick #2 was out for well over an hour and Chick #3 for nearly an hour, but a lot of that time was spent huddled in the ‘hidden’ corner. Chick #1 came back in after half an hour and enjoyed some pancake me time in the box πŸ˜‰

All three chicks are out
All three chicks are out


There was a clear difference in aptitude between the three. Chick #1 was standing and running around while flapping. Chick #2 could stand a bit and do a few steps. Chick #3 was mostly bum shuffling but was also trying to stand a bit. I’d say however that there seems to be more difference between 1 and 2 than between 2 and 3 even though they’re much closer in age.

All three chicks are out
All three chicks are out

The rest of the day was spent mostly sleeping as usual though there were bursts of activity from time to time, with plenty of flapping and playing with food.

So much flapping!
So much flapping!
https://youtu.be/jVc-iWK9ELM


There were six feeds and again it was only pigeon on the menu. Tom did two of the feeds, Azina the other four.
Funniest moment today was when Azina was doing one of her morning visits to the nest box, rooting around for bits and bobs as she does. She stepped on one the chicks’ tail and the poor chick ended up in total blind panic, hyperventilating!

A clip from yesterday with Tom and Azina preening by the nest ledge.

Playing chicks

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2 May 23 β€” Day 21

Today is Chick #1’s 3 weeks birthday and to celebrate it went on a little trip. That’s one day earlier than Indy last year and three days earlier than Walnut in 2021.

Chick #1 on its first excursion
Chick #1 on its first excursion


Tom and Azina spent a lot of time perched by the side of the ledge today, either separately or together. In the morning Azina spent a lot of time disturbing the chicks’ sleep by pottering in the nest box for nothing in particular.

Tom and Azina side by side
Tom and Azina side by side


Again the chicks were fed to the brim an endless supply of pigeons. The last meal lasted 40 minutes with the first 10 minutes done by Tom. They fell in a food coma immediately.

Tom feeds the chicks
Tom feeds the chicks

As you can see on its excursion clip Chick #1 is now very steady on its feet and will now stand during feeds. Chick #2 is still quite reluctant.

Short clip of the chicks playing.

Playing chicks

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