Here are some pix of the released three, as well as a short video clip of one of ‘em attempting to nap in the underbrush.
These babies are a few days older than the singleton but they’ve all snuggled happily together in a nest. See if you can identify the youngest Caro in the photo below—I don’t think it’s that difficult, but still…I see the little rascals every day. Give it a whirl!
The blue jay was released and hauled his feathered butt off without even a backward glance. Normally, recently released blue jays are notorious beggars, but in my experience, when they come in as fledglings, they’re much more likely to not hang around when released. The flycatcher, however, released last week if you’ll recall, is still showing up several times a day for handouts and will occasionally perch and “chat” amiably with me…
Kites are neat birds who, despite being classified as raptors, actually eat mostly insects caught while they’re flying. For those who’ve never seen this display of aerial prowess, the kite will swoop down on an airborne insect, snatch it in his talons in mid-air, and zoom back up, turning his head to eat the insect as he flies. It’s pretty darned impressive to watch, lemme tell ya!