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Therasa Paul, Project Officer with the New Forest Raptors Date with Nature Project, fills us in with what’s been happening.After watching our female goshawk sitting tight on her eggs for most of April, we were delighted when the chicks started hatching at the end of April.At first we were only able to hear cheeps and peeps coming from the nest – but then we got a good look and we knew we had two chicks. Then a day or two later it was three, and the day after that there were four little bundles of fluff with beaks!Sadly the fourth, and therefore the smallest chick, found it hard to compete with its bigger siblings and did not seem to be very successful in getting fed. As with many birds of prey, goshawks lay their eggs in intervals over a few days, and start incubating straight away. This means that there can be several days between the first and last chick hatching, giving those early chicks a head start, making them much stronger. So now we are back to three chicks – but they all appear to be healthy and strong, so fingers crossed they will all continue to grow.Whenever our female gets up for a stretch we see a mass of white in the form of a three headed chick as three of them move as one in their quest for yet more food. It’s difficult to see what exactly the food is as it’s usually ‘prepared’ before being deposited in the nest, although one day there appeared to be a duck brought in.The goshawk pair are very vocal, we can often hear the male calling as he goes about his business finding the family lunch, whilst our female, alert as ever, answers him from the nest – probably putting in her order for food!For full details on the New Forest Raptors Date with Nature project, please see the RSPB Website