6/12, More Stretching Exercises

Thursday at 5:45 found the two cathedral red-tail nestlings again standing side-by-side, but this time on the south side of the nest.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

They stayed in their respective spots, seemingly joined at the hip, for the next 15 minutes. The only variation was what direction they were looking.

Look forward.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

Look up.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

Look down.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestlings

But at 6:00 they sat back in the rear of the nest. So once again, while they rested, time to check on the Morningside Park pond. One of the goslings actually sat still for whole 5 seconds when I took pix.

Morningside Gosling

It looks like the goslings' feet grew first.

Morningside Goslings

Back up to Morningside Drive to check on the red-tails. Still no sign of a parent, and it looks like just one nestling is fussing around on the south of the nest.

At 6:30 the nestling was standing up. Hmmm, eying the scaffolding again? It stretched its wings.

Wing Stretch

Stretched some more.

Wing Stretch

Step forward a bit.

Too Close to the Edge

Yow! Too close to the edge of the nest!

Too Close to the Edge

And step back in.

Three minutes later it repeated the sequence, but this ended up backing up onto the top of the cross held by the statue of St. Andrew.

Wing Stretch

Look closer. The second nestling can be seen underneath the first's right wing. Taking notes?

Wing Stretch

Keep on stretching.

Wing Stretch

And then sit back and think about it.

Perched on a Cross

ANd then get back in the nest.

Cathedral Red-Tail Nestling

Posted 6/15/2008 11:22:00 PM by Robert

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