For the entire branch cage sequence see the video below. While a bit unsettling in real time, it is hilarious in retrospect.
There are many fun videos on the sfbayospreys.org Youtube channel.
The chicks are developing daily. They are showing more interest in the outside world, following activity off the nest. Their feathers are beginning to come in and they are beginning to stand on their own feet. Their feet are so large! And they are beginning to develop talons.
As mentioned in Robin’s post yesterday, banding of the three nestlings was carried out uneventfully yesterday. Teresa and the rest of the crack banding crew found all of the nestlings to be quite robust, and they were fairly calm upon return to the nest.
The weights indicated that the nestlings are all males. Here are the masses. I’ve assumed that the ages and weights are in the same order. Examining the wing chord is consistent with this assumption. That measurement, like others involving feather growth, is still in a step part of the growth curve.
This time Rosie came back to the nest pretty quickly. That was likely in part due to us getting out of site as quickly as possible, but maybe more so because Richmond showed up with a fish just as Ben and I were heading down from the crane. Lat year he showed up well before we were finished, so he took ended up consuming that fish. Rosie quickly flew to the nest just after Richmond, and grabbed the Largemouth Bass that I had left. Richmond fed them for a bit, then allowed the young to have it themselves. Eventually Rosie returned with the partially eaten bass and fed the young, and thigs continued as normal.
The votes are in and the chicks have their names. They are California wild flowers.
ZP is Poppy, WR is Sage and VZ is Lupine.