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I don’t have a video camera. But then I remembered that I have an IPad. Which has a video camera.  So here you go:

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…oh dear.

The nest did look a little emptier this morning, but it was hard to tell for certain, since the birds live in a fluffy pile. "Amy Welborn"

But then Dad appeared, and there was no question:

"Amy Welborn"

"Amy Welborn"

"Amy Welborn"

Mom appeared at the same time, which was interesting:

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Dad, looking thoughtful.  Kids today.

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(Click on any of the photos for a larger version, in which you can see great detail.)

It’s been quite windy here the last twenty-four hours, and they are starting to work those wings.  I predict we might lose another one today. Not looking forward to this after-school conversation.

I’ll go outside in a minute and look around on the ground, just out of curiosity.  There’s really nothing I can do, the parents apparently do try to care for a fledgling that’s still around, so….

Circle of life and all that, right?

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The first two babies hatched a week ago today (or last night).  Get a load of the difference a week makes:

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Getting crowded. I swear, I don’t know how this is going to work – another day or two, how are they all going to fit? And when they start moving around more…well, just say that I’ve researched “baby birds falling out of the nest.” There’s really nothing I can do considering I can’t actually return the baby to the nest.  Let’s just hope it doesn’t come to that…..

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Reminder:

These guys haven’t even been hatched a week.  The change is astonishing to me.

The guy dominating the nest is obviously the first to hatch. There were two that first day, but this one is bigger even than the next smallest one.

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Moving closer, you can really see how his skin is transforming.  When they first hatched they were pink all over. No more.  Almost reptilian-looking.

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A halfway-decent wing shot.

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Zillionth meal of the day.

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They’re growing.  I hope I can get some good shots tomorrow, especially of those developing wings,  but I had a lot of work to do today.

I confess to being almost freaked out by their rate of growth – and the fact that’s it’s not just growth, but development of new features. Especially those wings.  I’ll say it again. It’s the stuff of horror films, really.  I keep thinking of The Fly. 

"Amy Welborn"

The head sticking out to the right is one of the two oldest.

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Take a look.  Their skin is getting thicker and (for lack of a better word) scalier.  Their claws have developed.  Their wings – which were, yesterday morning, just little beige-colored nubs are suddenly looking more like wings.

 

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Hungry. All the time.

 

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Mom arrives with a beak full of worms – hunting made easier by this afternoon’s rain shower.

 

"Amy Welborn"

 

Then Dad:

"Amy Welborn"

 

I had no idea both birds participated in the feeding.  It’s a good thing. These little suckers are hungry.

I wonder if anyone has ever done a simulation on the premise of a human being developing as quickly as an animal like a bird.  It would be scary.

 

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