09 May 2011

We now have our three chicks: MKD, TE, and MT. The parents, Bea and Jasper, are doing a fine job caring for their chicks. Jasper has been bringing in plenty of fish and Bea has been sheltering the three from the heat and indiscriminately feeding the trio. With MKD being the oldest and strongest, it is usually up front at feeding time.

When the chicks hatched from their shells you may have noticed a white notch at the top of their beak. This is an egg tooth that enables the chick to chip away at the shell poking holes in it allowing it to break through the shell. (See photo). The egg tooth will fall off in a couple of weeks after hatching. Upon hatching the chicks will have a buff down with a white stripe down their back which helps camouflage the chicks making them appear as one of the many sticks in the nest.

At two weeks the chicks begin to develop a dense wooly down and will lose the buff down. The chicks will appear black and prickly, somewhat “reptilian” in appearance. This “reptilian” stage will last about a week to two weeks.


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

12:55 fish delivery!

Peter

Anonymous said...

What a great picture of the three little ones!! Thanks for the summery of what has and will happen.

Vivian

Carol said...

Oh I was up in Michigan and missed all three hatches! But look at our little triplets! I am eggstatic!

Anonymous said...

Hey Carol, ditto.

That was yolk, right?

Peter

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Jasper spends his nights on the Nesting Platform? Just curious about that.

moderator said...

He's either in a nearby tree or on one of the many communications equipment on the tower.

Anonymous said...

No parents on the nest. Everything OK?

Peter

moderator said...

Hey Peter,

Bea is stretching her wings. She just came back. She usually takes a short fly around and is back within a minute.

Anonymous said...

Two fish - late lunch. 1:57pm.
Judy

Anonymous said...

Large fish delivery ... biggest I've seen Jasper ever bring. Bea is suitably impressed and babes are eager to sample. All looking happy!
DB

Anonymous said...

Large fish delivery ... biggest I've seen Jasper ever bring. Bea is suitably impressed and babes are eager to sample. All looking happy!
DB

Anonymous said...

Just noticed ... is that a smaller fish in the nest?
DB

moderator said...

Yes, there are two fish in the nest. It appears Bea is still eating and serving the flounder that Jasper brought in this morning to the three little ones. MKD has its left wing drapped over a mullet.

Anonymous said...

Thanks moderator for the continuing feedback. Sorry to be a dunce here, but sometimes the chicks seem to be asleep on the nest when the sitting parent gets up for a rest or short flight like this morning. They do indeed look like twigs etc. in the nest.

Then the chicks definitely perk up when food is being delivered.

I guess this is how it goes?

Peter

moderator said...

Pretty much for the first few weeks. After stuffing themselves with fish it's nap time until the next feeding. MKD is beginning to show its dominance by pecking at the other two chicks, mainly TE at this point.