…30 days hath September, April, June and…yikes, the last day of July.
Faithful blog people noted a “crow/raven/blackbird” poked a hole into the third egg whilst I was away. The orb itself still has fine form. I cannot think that any contents were palatable. As noted yesterday, we have had a good number of jays about and still do this morn, it may have even been one of them. Many odes to the orb have been written.
Two larger fish were brought to the “table” yesterday; a huge perch and a blue trout. I have spoken in the centre of noting that once the juvies were able to fly, the the size of the fish seemed to be smaller than earlier on in the breeding season, thinking that the the parents were choosing to catch smaller fish for the inexperienced young to eat. As the juveniles continue to mature we shall see if this is in fact a change in the adult behaviour. Yesterday, both of the youngsters ate on the nest and flew off with their heavy partially eaten prey. One, found that the fish was a wee bit too heavy to comfortably fly. It returned with it a few moments later. Once more had been eaten it flew off with a lighter load. This is much like an adult would do when fish are caught too heavy to lift and fly just above the surface of the water and eat at the waters’ edge before flying off to a safer perch. Of course the juvies will soon be flying with fish and need to have the skills to do so.
If we have many visitors today I may not be able to respond as frequently as I would like. I will do so as soon as I am able.
Have a wondrous day on your own patch as well as this one! Rinchen