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Thread subject: Hey Mel??
Name Date Message
Mickey 06/22/05 06:24 pm looking at the DPOF chicks, what size would you say they are to the nests you visited now??
Melanie 06/22/05 07:23 pm Knowing how old ours are, we are about right in between nests 2 & 3. There's a 3 week difference between those two nests. I figure since he checks the nests regularly, he knows the hatching dates
Anne 06/23/05 05:47 am I cant believe our chicks are going to be that big in a weeks time. I just had another look at the talons picture. Is it the third front 'toe' that reverses back to give two each way? I couldent imagine that when I read the osprey fact file, but now I've seen your picture I can see what is happening when they grab a fish..








Melanie 06/23/05 09:53 am I would give it a week and a half to two weeks, but just look how much longer their tails have gotten since last week. I've noticed the crops on our chicks are not as prominent as they used to be and they are getting much better at actually walking in the nest as opposed to waddling and hiking across using their wing elbows like ski poles.

The inside third toe is the one that can rotate and yes, they end up with two in front and two in back. It also allows them to turn the fish so they carry it either head first ot tail first - not broadside. Someone told me that by doing that it makes the flight back to the nest carrying a large fish easier by making things more aerodynamic. I guess being able to rotate that inside toe around is as close to opposible thumbs as a bird can get!

About a week before they fledge, a chick will attain their adult weight - females around 1600-1700 grams and a male around 1300-1400 grams, which is how the weight is recorded when they are banded.

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