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Thread subject: Have You Noticed??
Name Date Message
Tiger 07/11/04 06:23 am Have you noticed how there seems to be less emphasis on the arrival of fish? Now is this because the chicks are so much bigger and feeding is not so vital? Or is that Dennis and Betty are finally encouraging these two great hulks to fly??

Celeste 07/11/04 06:41 am I have read that this is a "ploy" on the parents' part to get their "lazy" chicks to fledge! I also read that once these chicks fledge, sometimes they will "raid" another nest, and be accepted by the way, for a "free" meal. Last year our first fledge was the morning of July 16th for chick 2 and the afternoon for chick 1. Perhaps they fledge in order of their "weight", (chick 1's usually eat more, hence fly second?---wonder if there has ever been a "study" on that.)
Tiger 07/11/04 07:40 am I am aware of this behaviour of a chick trying get a meal at another nest. Mind you the account I read resulted in no free meal!

Marie 07/12/04 02:17 am Funny, that very same behaviour posted above of a chick trying to get a free meal, I too had read about Great Blue Herons( grey herons in England). Chicks that had fledged and were trying out their wings and missed their home base nest were meant to be welcomed into another nest. Supposidly the parent would feed this LOST CHICK. Well I never saw anything but Hostility from the other young in the nest and also from the other parent. I noticed this behaviour this June when observing the Heron colony here in Victoria.

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