The babies have been on their own often today. Maybe a sign that they are getting ready to head off on their own soon? At the moment, they show no signs of moving, and nervously let me photograph them, but they’re looking fairly good-sized. In just a day they have lost a lot of the down on their bodies and are looking more adult.
For this shot, I actually climbed on a ladder outside to get a closer photo, rather than ones through the screen. I don’t dare lift the screen up from inside…kitties are MUCH too interested.
From the little reading I did they fledge in about 11-15 days after hatching, but hang around for a couple weeks after that. A comment from yesterday’s blog says that there can be more eggs and babies, and Wikipedia confirms that they can have up to 6 broods (2 babies at a time) each year. We may have to figure out how to trim our plant between matings if we want to have an ongoing show for the summer.