Wednesday, May 5, 2010

They'll fly any day now

Yes folks, as my headline implies, our baby Eastern Phoebes should leave the nest any day now. They hatched on April 19th, and today marks 16 days since they hatched. Eastern Phoebes typically fledge between 16 and 18 days after hatching. I say this every year, but I cannot get over how quickly they develop. They are very handsome and healthy-looking birds, and I hope that they all fare well once they do make that leap from the nest.

Here are some videos that were captured just today (May 5th).

In this one you can see just how big they are. You can't see them all in this video, but I promise there are 5 little birds crammed into this nest:

In case you didn't believe me, here is a good view of all 5 of them in the nest as they jockey for a fresh position:

Finally, I think this is a good example of how close they are to leaving the nest. Lots of wing flapping going on in this video, getting those little flight muscles warmed up and primed. There's also some wing extending and tail bobbing going on here:

We'll have the camera going bright and early for the next few days in hopes of catching them when they leave (they took off in the morning last year, right before we left for work). I'll keep you posted with the news!


Steve Willson said...

They're looking like real birds now. Yours are a few weeks ahead of mine. Does your pair normally come back for a second brood?

Heather said...

Steve - Yes, they do look real now. And yes, our pair normally does come back for a second brood. I'd say around mid-July we'll have another batch getting ready to fly the coop... assuming they stick to their normal patterns.

KaHolly said...

What fun for you to be able to monitor their behavior and growth! I thoroughly enjoyed the videos. Look forward to more. ~karen

Heather said...

Karen - Hold onto your seat - the saga continues shortly (I'm preparing videos to post right now)!