Observation date: 18 May 2015
Gale force winds with gusts up to 45 miles/hour does not make viewing very enjoyable, not to say what it does to the equipment. Although all three chicks on the north side were visible, they are spending much more time outside the the nest site the last couple days. The young bold one took to climbing up the sloping rock where the adult female perches. Today there were two young up there and both were being fed by the mother who had previously brought in a large white prey item. It could have been a gull chick. I couldn’t make a positive identification. The head had already been dispatched.
They young don’t seem to go back to the nest site much, but rather crouch down in a crevice of the sloping rock where it backs up to the rock behind. When you don’t see them at all, they are in that crevice.
The third chick who we referred to as “peek-a-boo” has made it half way up the sloping rock, but is still is only partially visible staying true to his moniker.
We will be able to determine sex of the young more readily when they fledge in another ten days or so.
The south side is still an unknown as to what has happened. both parents are still there and close to each other. It is possible they could breed again, but it is very late in the season and doubtful, but we’ll be watching keeping them under observation.
Happy trails, Bob