Feeding time (a rodent) but mum wasn't interested and sat tight:
So dad hopped off for breakfast alone.
More slow worms and voles today - all chicks seem to be getting a good feed!
Yesterday evening, the male came with a mouse (intact) and the female took it and took off with it! Is it possible that the male is so caring about her that he feeds her because she is "working" nourishing the chicks? that was a surprising scene anyway.
Hi Olivier hows things? - this is normal behaviour - all the time that the chick are small the female will spend most of her time sitting on them. The male will be out hunting for food for the whole family and if the female is hungry she will meet the male outside the box and then he will look after the chicks whilst she feeds! When the chicks get bigger and need more food both parents will be out hunting and they will both feed the chicks!
Sounds like its raining at Arne...:-)
Missed the latest food arrival but looks as though it's yet another big juicy rodent that Mum is tearing up and some of those chicks are looking distinctly bigger now. Really must turn this off now, far too much to do before my hols!
Enjoy your break Pudweena!
Hi all, just had to laugh; the chicks are doing so well and seem to be growing fast....at 11.30 am the parent ( i think it was the female but not sure) gave up trying to tuck them all under and just sat on top of them instead. The look on her face said it all....
They just don't fit anymore! All looking great.
Michael, will she eventually give up on that egg? Or will she keep brooding it?
Mum went out and came back in but didnt see what she had..now feeding the chicks..the one at front looks squashed..:-)
I think the chicks are brooding that egg for her.... got a good view of it 13.07, still intact
I hope it doesn't hatch now (I'm guessing it won't) because if it does it will be thoroughly out-competed for food.
Nice big lunch just arrived; looks like a blackbird maybe? Not sure but can see what looks like a beak.
Has someone censored it? My webcam is showing rainbow stripes.
Mine has gone off now too. Cam slip?/fault?
The cam's back on now, don't know whether there's much of the dinner to see though!!