Today there has been rain and rain and rain and lots of wind.
The 2 fledglings at First Nest loved the weather and so did dad Petruchio
Coffee in upper right, HC in lower left
HC upper and Coffee lower eaglet
Coffee upper left, HC lower right
Coffee upper left diving on HC in the lower right
dad Petruchio upper right, Coffee lower left
Laugh along with me as I watch HC get frustrated with the gusty winds.
Mom and Coffee watch him trying to get the landing right.
Then Coffee takes to the skies and gets bounced too!
video is at https://youtu.be/UHyOglH_35c
in the photo that is Coffee leaving the nest
HC has fledged!!
He took has first flight sometime between Wednesday and today.
In the video clip you can see his indecision:
food or the lure of flight.
HC is in the nest and Coffee is way UPSTAIRS, almost at the top of the photo.
Both chicks are branching: jumping, climbing and wing wapping from branch to branch above the nest.
They keep the nest below them or just to the side as a safety net
as they build up stength and coordination for their upcoming first flight.
I watch for their yellow feet: sometimes this is the only way I can find them!