First Week: Bobbleheads
When there is no fish and the chicks are begging, Rosie will faux-feed them for a bit. But they prefer the real thing. She proffers a small bite and this prompts them to open their beak wide. If one chick doesn't, she moves to another. But she makes sure all three get their share.
Second and Third Weeks :Dinosaur Stage
Richie is kept busy delivering fish. His daily delivery increases up to 6 fish a day. Often a large fish will be delivered, eaten then taken away by Richie to eat by himself, then redelivered to the nest for another feeding (see the fish matrix for the story of a given fish). Rosie will also keep a piece of fish in the nest for a late night feeding. She always cleans up the fish bits after the chicks have eaten.
Photos are from May 26 in the afternoon, taken directly from the camera video. For the video, go to sfbayospreys youtube channel.
Weeks 4-5: Awareness and Growing Bodies
The chicks are entering the teen-age stage. Their bodies are changing and they're not quite sure what to do with that. Uno and Dos are standing on their feet now and Tres is just beginning. Their feathers have mostly grown in and they've lost the downy look. And their wings are growing. They often stretch their wings, often laying the wing over their sibling. They also have begun wingercizing, flapping their long wings, and they stretch more. The new feathers seem to cause itching and/or they are learning to preen. They spend much time probing their wings with their beaks.
Rosie and Richie are preparing for this stage by bringing more sticks to build up the nest rails. Both adults can be rather clumsy with the sticks, landing them on the chicks, who don't seem to mind too much.
This year's trio has been quite cooperative, taking turns to eat. Sometimes one will eat its fill then move aside for the other to edge in. Or they line up, each asking for a bite but not fighting over it. They are taking larger bites and can even swallow the guts now. They also swallow the fish tail. Richie is kept rather busy, sometimes bringing in seven fish (see fish matrix below the cam view for exact information).
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The table below shows their weights and band initials. Their ages are 37, 36 and 34 days.
First born is Lassen band ZD male
Second born is Shasta band WU female
Third born is Tam band XV male