5/6, Growing Quickly

The red-tail nestlings are getting big enough that it seems you can almost always see one, even when they're quiet and not wiggling around.

Thursday evening, presumably after out garbage and doing other chores, Isolde returned to the nest area just after 7:00 and perched on a finial, where she preened and "conversed" with Saint Peter.

Isolde and Saint Peter

There she stayed, even as sunset approached.

Although the nestlings could sometimes be seen crawling over the top of each other and even flapping little wings, it wasn't until about 7:45 that it became apparent just how big they've gotten. And even showing signs of adventuresomeness. The (presumed) eldest stepped up on the side of the nest and checked out the ground below.

Red-Tail Nestling

Not much to see, as within a minute it had sat back down.

Posted 5/06/2010 08:47:00 PM by Robert

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On 5/07/2010 11:24 PM , Queens Raptors said...

Hey Rob,

I like the pic with Isolde staring at St. Peters. Great stuff! The picture of the eyass below is quite strange, that bird looks awfully light colored in that pic, almost albino.



On 5/10/2010 2:20 AM , rbs said...

Peter, It's almost all down. The nestling has some feathers starting to peek out of the trailing edge of her wings, but that's it. Give her a week, and she'll look scruffy with new feathers poking out everywhere.