Action In The Nesting Box

This was a first for me. I had been watching the four awkward teenagers preening and flapping when the father flew in on the left with a chunk of something for lunch. The young ones had barely had time to react when the mother swooped in, snatched the piece out of the father’s beak, and flew off. The four brothers appeared nonplussed as if they had seen this routine before. (I am guessing at the gender of the parents, but for the brief time they were perched next to each other, the one on the left was noticeably smaller, so I think that was the male. Plus, that’s the story I want to tell.)

The latest update from the ASRI nesting box:

This weekend the eyasses will be one month old! They are still being fed by the female and the female is often seen on the ledge watching over her nestlings at night. They have undergone significant changes since they were born. The most noticeable change is that their fluffy, white down is being replaced by tan/brown juvenile feathers and their secondary (wing) feathers have developed dark tips. They have also developed darker face coloring. They are opening/flapping their wings to strengthen their wing muscles within the safe confines of the nest box.

One thought has occurred to me: perhaps the other adult had detected something off with that particular morsel. It happened awful fast though.

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI) does many great things including the maintenance of the nesting box webcam. You can help: Donate Now.

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