Thursday, 17 May 2007

Breakfast Feed

The chicks get a breakfast feed on Wed 16th May at 07:48am. Click image to enlarge.For the last few days the chicks have been fed about 20 minutes either side of 08:00 BST (local time). This is a good time before heading off to work to watch for clear views of the chicks and the two addled eggs. Feeding is now getting more frequent during the day. Our chicks are already much larger and will soon lose those charming looks they first had when they hatched. (That's the wonder of the Atkin's diet.)

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5 comments:

Jackie Taylor said...

I've just watched the chicks being fed, and I wondered - when and where do the adults feed? Do they feed away from the nest, or do they eat part of the kill they bring back?

Anonymous said...

I WONDER HOW LONG THE FALCON WILL CONTINUE TO INCUBATE THE UNHATCHED EGGS? SHE MUST STILL LIVE IN HOPE THAT THEY WILL EVENTUALLY HATCH. HAS SHE HAD UNHATCHED EGGS BEFORE?

Anonymous said...

is there any idea when the birds will fly the nest????

Project Member (Derby Museum) said...

Fledging:
The chicks will fledge (ie fly for the first time) about five weeks after hatching. So they have a lot of growing up to do in readiness for fledging around 10-17 June 2007.

Eggs:
To use the word "hope" puts human emotions onto a creature whose actions are dictated by instincts. Her instinct now is to feed and care for the chicks in front of her. We suspect the egg is quite simply being ignored, even though it always rolls down under gravity in the nest depression. Eventually we will probably see it cracking and being trampled under foot as the chicks grow bigger.

Adult Feeding:
The male is now on guard and out hunting, bringing food back for the female to feed to her chicks. We do sometimes see her eating a little of the food at those times, but she also leaves the nest for a few minutes every few hours, and probably does then go to eat food which the male has cached for her on top of the tower. Now that we have watchers on Cathedral Green who are there to talk and explain things to the public, we'll be getting a better idea of what happens off the nest as well as on.

Anonymous said...

fascinating. full credit to you all.