Saturday, June 4, 2016

Totally nerve wracking

It was easy to find the Alpha Baby. Follow the calls.  Head back to nest to check on remaining two kids.
As I got to nest baby #2 shot out of the nest straight at the window. This was not too terrible. The window  was about 3' away and "landing" was at same level as nest. I realized then that instinct tells the babies when to leave the nest, but they have no flight plan. It's simple OUT.  There's a lot to learn once out of the nest. Where are you going? How do you land? And how do you get from point A to point B?  This baby hit the window. Thank God there was a screen. It didn't have a clue what to do, how to get any further, how to turn. I watched. Had it been necessary I would have interceded, gotten it off the screen.
Finally it toppled down onto the window ledge. Great!  It could stay there for a while. The parents would even come with food if it stayed put.
It called for food, then pooped and sat. No more fecal sacs.
Finally baby flew to a branch a couple of feet away. While this was going on the remaining nestling was watching and calling. To be continued.

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