Second fledge: Poppy, the first born, fledged on July 1, flying and landing well on the crane, greeting his brother, who seemed to be coaching him.
Third Fledge: Lupine, the third born, fledged the morning of July 2, to the railing.
Scroll down to the bottom of this post for photos and video of the three fledges.
For more detailed pictures by video, see the sfbayospreys Youtube page.
The chicks spend their time preening, eating and practicing flapping their wings. They sleep some too or lie quietly watching. Richie goes out to catch fish and Rosie has been sitting on the crane boom more. Is it because there is no room on the nest or is she demonstrating how to get to the boom? Only she knows.
The chicks do not sleep all night. They awaken, look around, take a poop, maybe even exercise, then fall back asleep.
Sage (WR) fledged to the railing around the nest on June 25. There was some discussion whether this was a true fledge or accidental. But he proved his mettle afterward by flying back to the nest and subsequently flying up on the crane. Each day he has flown, quickly becoming adept and flying out of cam sight. The other two watch with interest. Rosie seems to fly to the crane to encourage Sage and the others to fly to meet her.
She flew to the railing where she sat a while trying to figure out how to return to the nest. Richie flew in and perched on the rail to encourage her, then demonstrated how to fly (this is human interpretation). When Lupine heard a fish on the nest,s he managed to get herself back, where Rosie fed her all by herself.