27 April 2009

A view of how much the chicks have grown and changed from April 24 to April 27.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

terrific photos! They definitely have "ballooned" out in size.
Hopefeully C3 will catch up with its older sibs :-)
Thanks muchly for providing the pictures.

Anonymous said...

Not only are the little chicks growing, but they seem to be moving around the nest a bit more and getting precariously close to the edge. Perhaps it is just the angle of the camera, but I'm sure Mama will keep them close in the middle? They are so much fun to watch!

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Wonderful close ups of the feeding this morning. Thanks. It looks like DS is a little slow in developing like the other two. We'll keep rooting for him.

Vivian

Realist said...

Last hatched is always behind up to a point - at least this is what I have observed over time. As long as there is plentiful food for all, s/he should fare well. This mother appears to be very attentive to the little one...a good sign.

Anonymous said...

Moderator--I have a really bad feeling about little DS. Can you let us know what is going on with him? It is feeding time, but he looks like he can't get up there.--

Oh well, he just perked up!! This is fun, but oh so stressful. OK mama osprey, put some food in that little beak.

Vivian

moderator said...

From all indications, DS appears to be fine. I know that he/she has eaten three times today and at one point seemed to be fed more than the other two chicks. Also, DS's crop appears full so maybe you caught him in a down time. For those that don't know, a crop is a pouch on the bird’s chest where extra food is stored for later consumption. Bulging crops mean the chicks are well fed.

Anonymous said...

Well, what a relief. And thanks for the information about the crop. Maybe I'll be able to see it.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

They have been very busy moving around the nest. DS likes to stick near Mom. They always make me nervous when they get close to the edge but boy are they growing so fast ..

Kathy

BarefootNurse said...

It is so funny that we get stressed watching these little chicks stumble and squabble for food. I too held my breath yesterday when they were VERY close to the edge of the nest. The pictures are awesome!

Realist said...

Really do believe that DS is going to make it, from all that I've seen here and on other osprey cams in the past. As I've said, if the fish are plentiful, all 3 should do well. It's all in the food availability.

Mother definitely is attentive to DS, and he appears to becoming more aggressive and not holding back as much.