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Thread subject: Mom's Wing
Name Date Message
Judy 06/29/04 11:48 am It looks like mom's left wing is injured! She's holding it very strangely. Has anyone else noticed this?
Cecilia 06/29/04 12:26 pm When the chicks were young she often held out her wing to protect them from sun or rain...which she hasn't had to do in a while. I'm looking at her now and I don't see anything unusual but she hasn't moved since I turned on the cam. It's possible that she is just trying to cool off. Guess we'll just have to keep an eye on her...
Judy 06/29/04 12:45 pm Whew! I hope that's the case. I'd hate to think that something has happened to her. How hot does a typical summer day get where this nest is?
Cecilia 06/29/04 01:25 pm Hard to say. It's 71 here on the north shore and the nest is on the south shore, close to the ocean. It could be cooler. The thing is that their feathers are almost black so it's like sitting in the sun with a dark t-shirt on :-( Probably 20 degrees hotter. When they get really uncomfortable they pant or breathe with their mouths open...they don't look too distressed right now. Of course they have to rely on fish for both food and hydration so I'm hoping Dennis shows up soon. I don't think they've had much to eat today.
Nancy R 06/29/04 05:00 pm The nests here in Florida endure daytime temps of over 90 for days on end. And they are never in the shade. It makes me almost melt just to think about it. I'm so spoiled with air conditioning. :) I believe God created these birds with mechanisms to not only endure but also to in thrive their natural environment.

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