After Dione’s fall from the nest, only Theia and Rhea remain. Rhea can bd ID’d by more brown/orange breast feathers. This may change as they grow, the orangy feathers might disappear, but for now, that’s how I ID them.
Left – Theia, Right – Rhea
Mama is still here and looking at me :).
Both kids are certainly exercising their wings and it’s getting close to leaving home. 😦
Papa is still here too, waaay up close to the top of the steeple.
Mama still feeds and chases intruders away.
And the kids can’t wait to take to the skies. But are they ready?
It was a very cloudy morning with a little bit of drizzle. I wanted to check on the kids as I wasn’t able to yesterday.
Both Theia and Rhea were still in the nest.
But Mama and Papa were no where close. But searching the usual buildings, I found Mama at the west edge of the SECU building.
At lunch time, I saw something ‘large and brown’ in the tree right in front of the nest. But I looked up the tree but could not find it.. Checking around the nest base, I saw a lot of nesting material on the ground.
But Theia was still in the nest…. and only Theia.
Alone Again, Naturally.
I scouted around the tree and waited for some movement. Finally, I saw something that looked like a … hawk.
Since Mama was about 1 week late laying her eggs, I would have thought the eyasses would not fledge yet. But here’s Rhea up on a tree. The big question now is, did Rhea fall or fledge?
Comparing with last year’s fledglings, Rhea’s tail feathers look like they’re still a tad short.
So it’s Theia all alone in the nest. When will she fledge?
Btw, Steve Stone said that Dione is okay. Nothing broken but will have the bird checked. I’ll update my blog when I have more information.