The pace of the chicks' departure has slowed now. Chick number 7 left at about 10.45am but the next chick did not fledge until just over 4 hours later.
|The last three chicks left in Box2 show no sign of wanting to fledge.|
|The problem is that they are really too young to leave the nest - but leave it at some stage they must.|
|I think each of them would prefer to be the chick at the bottom - hoping the world would go away.|
least Joy and Dave are continuing to feed them - but I don't know how long
they would go on doing this if the chicks were to spend another night in the
This is Dave ...
|... and this is Joy.|
|They even get the occasional treat of a mealworm!|
|Suddenly, having shown no sign of having any interest in the outside world, one of the three jumps up to the hole and looks out of the box.|
it disappear like the others?
No, not this time.
|Just over a minute later, the chick seems to be psyching itself up again. It is looking intently at the hole. Will it have another go?|
|Suddenly, it flies up to the hole again ...|
|... pokes its head out ...|
... and leaps head first into the future, whatever that may be.
Only two chicks left in the box now!
|"Has it really gone?"|
|"I don't want to be the last!"|
|Less than a minute after the previous chick fledged, this one is looking as though it might go too.|
|It sticks its head out ...|
... and flies!
Look at those wings. you'd think it had been doing this all its life!