I’ve not been able to locate one of the nestlings in the first heron nest. Originally there were three nestlings. I’ve only seen two nestlings since the birds moved off the nest. Two of the birds hatched earlier and so were larger. At one point I witnessed the two larger birds pushing the smaller nestling to the edge of the nest. Perhaps that’s what happened to the third bird, it was pushed over the side.
On a brighter note, the other two are doing fine. They’ve not only moved off the nest but off the tree that the nest was in.
The birds, as you may have noticed from the photos, are beginning to take on a more heron like appearance, still pretty scrufty, but the down is being replaced by “real” feathers. It won’t be long before they start flying. They’re already flapping their wings as they walk along the branches.
Here’s what they looked like on Saturday (8/3/13).
And that’s the news for now.