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Old 11-30-2009, 10:57 AM   #11
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The screen is black. Are they having technical problems with the new camera?
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:15 PM   #12
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Those chicks are keeping her busy!!!!
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Old 12-01-2009, 02:29 PM   #13
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This is truly wonderful. Thanks for posting it! I tuned in late last night and all was dark, but today I see the chicks jostling, preening, and being fed. Does anyone know how soon they are expected to fledge?
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This is truly wonderful. Thanks for posting it! I tuned in late last night and all was dark, but today I see the chicks jostling, preening, and being fed. Does anyone know how soon they are expected to fledge?
any day now, literally.
at this point, I try to keep a window going.
when it happens it happens
F A S T
I'm located on the east coast - so I can watch until 10 pm (my time) or so.
camera is located on the "other" coast.

there's audio this year - you can hear mom (phoebe) hummmmm in and out for feedings

The eggs were laid October 24 & 27, 2009.
(typically 17 days to hatch)
hatched November 10 & 12
?? possible fledge ~~ December 1(today!) - 3

I haven't spent too much time reading.
There's certainly been some flapping bouts - a few times I caught one of them on the side of the nest. practice, practice.
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Old 12-01-2009, 06:49 PM   #15
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any day now, literally.
at this point, I try to keep a window going.
when it happens it happens
F A S T . . .
I see what you mean. A few minutes ago the chick nearest the camera was fanning its wings in true hummer fashion ("invisible wings") and all it would have taken would be to let go with the feet. It looked for a moment like the nest was going to levitate with him - the other chick was bouncing around - too funny!

But then Mom came with more bugs, so I think the young one figgured there's some advantage to staying put.

It will be interesting to see if the parents call to coax the fledglings out of the nest. Hope I get to see it.

Thanks for posting the timeline! I've seen other nest cams, but I think this is my favorite. Glad I got here in time.
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:33 PM   #16
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It is working for me. I see crowded quarters. How precious.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:34 PM   #17
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Lots of flapping and squeeking, but no lift-off yet. Perhaps one more day to see the chicks in the nest.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:57 AM   #18
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I just tuned in (10:50 am EST) and Phoebe was hovering over the nest, but not landing. She seemed to be teasing the chicks - approaching and retreating, but not delivering. I'll bet that's how she'll get them out of the nest!
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I see 2 on the nest - one's either scratching himself or picking off buggies.
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:47 PM   #20
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Yup, still there. After the first teasing flight, Phoebe returned to regular feedings. But about an hour later, she just hovered again without landing. I'm guessing she'll alternate between the two activities, weighing the nutritional needs of her chicks with her need to get them up and out. It must take tremendous energy to keep them and herself fed.

Wish I could stay and watch all day. Biigblueyes, or anyone else who drops in, please describe what you see while I'm away!
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