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Brief Update from the Nest Site--May 29th

by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 7:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:39 PM

I biked by the nest site yesterday afternoon. Both fledglings were actively flapping. One was moving back and forth between the nest and one of the railings and the other was checking out the ladder to the next level. For those who are concerned about not seeing the parents, mom was perched the whole time on the railing just below the Raptor Cam (so you can't see here online) about ten feet from her chicks. I did not see dad but he was probably perched somewhere nearby as well. The event that some folks observed two days ago where one of the chicks disappeared and then suddenly reappeared with a mouse, was probably only a situation where one the chicks walked to the end of the nest under the Raptor Cam (where you can't see them online) and either retrieved food directly from a parent or food that had been left by a parent. I am sure that neither chick has attempted a first flight..

KGW has widened the angle of the camera to allow folks to see more of what is going on in the nest site. Again this is done remotely from the studio---nobody goes up to the nest. The camera is only about ten feet from the nest so our ability is limited to go too much further back.

And finally a quote for the day (Thanks to Debby de Carlo whose email brought this quote to my attention):

". . . a birdless world, the air permanently fallow, is unthinkable. To be without birds would be to suffer a kind of color-blindness, a glaucoma gauzing over one of the planet's special brightnesses... there exist few everyday necessities in my life, but birds are among them."
Ivan Doig, Winter Brothers


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