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?
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.