Mom Flying in Front of Bg Pink (US Bank Building)
At this point the remaining free flying fledgling has been out of the nest for over a month. By now he should be pretty proficient at hunting and finding food on his own although he is probably still receiving some food from his parents as well. The length of time that young red-tails stay with their parents varies considerably. Some move out on their own by 4-6 weeks while others stay with their parents throughout the summer. Regardless he is probably ranging further and further from the nest area and spending more and more time on his own. I am receiving fewer reports of sightings of the fledgling from people in adjacent building these days which is probably a reflection of the fact that he ranging further from the nest. By fall he will move completely out on his own. He may or may not migrate this fall---some of our local red-tails migrate and others stay in the area year-round. Regardless, his relationship with his parents will end. He will spend the next couple of years roaming about before finding a mate and establishing his own territory. That could occur in the local area or hundreds of miles away.
His sibling is still at Audubon. There has been no improvement in the eye and we are assuming that he will not regain sight. We are shifting gears and beginning to explore his potential as an educational bird.
I will be out of email range for the next several days at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and then at Steens Mountain so there will not be any new posts until next Tuesday or Wednesday. For those interested in getting more directly involved in bird conservation, check out Audubon's website----there are lots of great ways to get involved and some big issues coming-up that have significant implications for wildlife in our community.
Also for those of you who were troubled by the plastic bag in the nest, there will be a "Ban the Bag" Rally at City Hall next Wednesday.
Until next week, enjoy the sunshine. I will report back with K2's progress as an educational bird.
Lest we forget.......The evil bag!