Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Newest Kids in the 'Hood Come Down the Nest Tree


                                                          Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 3


                                                         Green Heron Chick, Clutch 2


                                                            Green Heron Chick, Clutch 3


                                                     Two Out of Three (Eldest), Clutch 3


                                                      Eldest Green Heron Chick, Clutch 3


                                                        Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 2


                                                        Green Heron Juveniles, Clutch 2


                                                                     Ditto, Position 2


                                                          Green Heron Chick, Clutch 2


                                                          Green Heron Chick, Clutch 3


                                                                   Red Eared Slider


July 6, 2016

0850-0950 hrs./80-88 degrees F(felt like 90)/partly cloudy/15 mph SSE winds/72% RH

Prior to going out slightly later, the cloud cover was very heavy with no light coming through.
When the youngsters got out of bed at the crack of 0845, the action began soon after.  They were
coaxed out of their immediate nest tree area by the young of clutch 2.  They still showed some
instability, but the older birds were handy, along with a parent in the area at all times.  The family
seems to have chick rearing down to a science, which is good introductory material for the older
youngsters in clutch 2.

The littlest ones didn't stay out long, as they still have a lot of down feathers, which is not good protection from the sun.  When they were feeling the heat, they just went back to the protection
of the tree boughs.



                                                        Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 2


                                                                          Ditto


                                                                   Green Heron Adult


                                                        Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 2


                                                                     Clutch 2 Members


                                                          Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 3


                                                           Clutch 3 Green Heron Chick


                                                  Clutch 3 Chicks Coming Down the Tree


                                                         Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 3
                                                       (Just After Being Fed by Parent)


                                                            Green Heron Chick, Clutch 3


July 7, 2016

0730-0840 hrs./82-83 degrees F (feels like 88)/mostly cloudy/16 mph S winds/67% RH


An adult and the clutch 2 juveniles were all strategically placed while the clutch 3 chicks
were coaxed into coming out of the safe confines of the outer area where the nest was near.
They made it down the tree and into the open without incident, even though they are still somewhat unsteady on their feet, but this will improve with experience.

This was the day that they were fed by a parent in the open.  Soon after the parent left, they
returned to the inner sanctum of the nest tree, but the final picture shows one holdout.  The final
member of clutch tree returned to the nest area after a short time.