The fledging window is well and truly open but – famous last words! – it doesn’t look imminent on either nest. The weather has been very hot with only a slight breeze, even at the elevation of the nests. Most of the time on Nest 1 the youngsters are standing gazing at the world beyond their nest, preening, or dozing. Next comes eating and last is exercising!
Nevertheless there has been progress in the last three days. Blue UV looked well ahead early in the week.
But even an expert can get caught out with the debris littering the nest. The image below is from today.
Blue VV seemed to be catching Blue UV up and even managed a jump whilst carrying a stick!
And on Thursday morning she reached her personal best height.
But somewhat surprisingly given her focus on food the nearest to ‘helicoptering’ has been Blue VT. A definite ‘mini-helicoptering’ was executed on Thurday afternoon. Here is a link to a video of that, and some other, efforts by the Nest 1 trio.
She has also risen to the challenge of dealing with a live fish. YA left one for the three youngsters and as usual Blue VT went to collect it. But it flapped at her, slightly disconcerting! Unlike her sibling Blue 6H last year, who took several minutes to decide on a good strategy, Blue VT dispatched the trout efficiently and was soon tearing off large morsels.