Tree moving 1 Day 43
She tightly grasped a limb and then did about 20 of the most powerful wing strokes she could. It's as if she wanted to move the tree!
Tree moving 2
Now her left wing shows up as well. The tree branch actually lifted a little.
tree moving 3
It's as though she's on a tread mill doing a super work out.
tree moving 4
You know, the tree might be moving a little!
tree moving 7 (Day 43)
Well, that's enough.
That was much better than a treadmill!
After the tree moving excercise session, she's contemplating what to do next. Day 43
She's trying to decide whether to take her first flight down Glen Rd, or to the neighbor's lawn across Route 3. Glen Rd may give her more options for getting back to the nest safely.
Hopping from one branch . . . (Day 38)
. . . to another. Day 38.
As days progress, the chick takes longer and more frequent helicopter-hops between branches.
Out on a limb, studying Glen Road. Day 41.
The 'chick' spends more time each day on this and a couple of other limbs each day, occasionally hopping from one limb to another, and then to the nest. She's a little puffed up here. I don't think she was angry at the moment.
Mom watching, over Glen Rd and our driveway. Day 22
After about Day 20, Mom would position herself here for increasingly long portions of the day, while leaving the chick unattended. She's about 70 feet away, in direct view of the nest. Occasionally, blue jays would dive bomb her here, but they would eventually tire of that.