Tuesday, June 27, 2017

More Normal Behavior

During our chick check tonight it seems that the chicks are maturing to the point that they are starting to exhibit more 'normal' behavior.  When I check on them, I take the nest box from the flight cage and get things ready on the counter for them before I open up the nest box. In the past they just huddled there looking at the big monsters who suddenly appear.  Tonight, little chick headed for the farthest corner of the nest box pronto! and the bigger chick went running after.  

Perching! (and eying that ugly black camera)

You can see in this pic that the wing primaries  appear to be coming in white, this could be a very pretty bird.  Scroll down to the post on the 25th (just two days ago).  Can you see how much this little bird  has grown in such a short amount of time?

Precarious Perching

If they seem precarious or at risk of falling in the photos I assure you it is anything but.  These little birds have the grip of an Osprey, and the talons to match.  Balance is another matter however so I am careful not to make any sudden movements that might cause them to go head over handlebars so to speak.  

When I raise them up and down rapidly they instinctively spread their wings to 'fly' on the down stroke. It won't be long before they are flying.

Monday, June 26, 2017

What a Difference ...

Well OK it is only a day since the last pics and you may not see much difference, but here at Rocky Acres it is striking.  It is clear that the older of the two chicks is going to be, well YELLOW!  Enlarge this pic and you will get a better sense of just how screaming yellow zonkers this bird is in person.

But more than just that the development seems to be coming along.  M one concern is that this chick does not stand on his feet very much.  He can perch (really has the grip) but out of the nest box he seems to spend more time on his breast than I remember the chicks in the last clutch doing. 

Chick #2 is doing her best to play catch up, though she is more fuzz ball than bird. As I see the feathers starting to develop I am starting to think that this chick too will be a yellow bird.  But see how this one is standing on open feet.

That's your chick pix for tonight.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Growing like weeds, and seemingly with no problems.  It is amazing to me that these little birds grow so fast, but how they grow is even more fascinating.  Think about how much energy it would take to grow enough feathers to completely cover your body. 

 Learning to perch.  There is nothing to perch on in the nest box but so far they seem to be getting the hang of it.

This little bird is actually much more brightly colored than this picture suggests.  as Almost iridescent. 

 It is not easy at this point to get a feel for what the little one will look like when he is grown.  One nice thing:  we won't have to wait long to find out.
That's your chick pics fix for the night.