Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Fledging Update - Empty Nest

Yesterday 3 of the 4 definitely did fly.  Surprisingly, a quiet day with little information/few reports.  One juvenile was believed to be on the Riffe Tower, another on the Huntington Building. A third was picked up from the ground late in the day and is currently being evaluated in wildlife rehab.  If it checks out ok, we will return it to the ledge ASAP.

Meanwhile, the fourth stayed on the ledge all day yesterday and continued to be fed by the adults.  At least twice an adult brought a food item and the juvie snatched it away and took it to the lower ledge to feed itself.  Later in the day an adult actually was feeding it directly in front of the ledgecam - funny how as grown up as they get sometimes they still act like little chicks.
The fourth did fly this morning about 5:50 a.m.  A witness reported it to be a calculated take off so that is good news!  Now we wait for reports and photos from downtown workers and watchers but in the absence of information we always assume all is well:  "no news is good news!"  
It will take viewers some time to get used to seeing an empty ledge...hopefully soon we might see a juvenile check back in at the ledge once they get their flying skills honed.