Because they were downy nestlings/fledglings when they came in back during the summer, I opted for a soft release near the flight pen, in case they needed supplemental food for a few days. I’m happy to report, however, that for three consecutive nights the supplemental mice left out for them were untouched.
Because of the soft release—opening the flight pen door and walking away to let them decide when to leave—there are no release videos. Two left the first night the door was open; the third left the second night. And after the third night of the mice left outside the flight remaining untouched, I finally began to breathe easier, sure that they’re faring well on their own.
Below are some of the last photos taken before their release.