They chicks are still in the box. They've made several feints towards the door, but have always backed down.
Our chicks we're very active peering out the box's entrance much of the morning. The wind picked up about noon and we've had intermittent heavy showers. That seemed to lessen their interest in the outside world. They've more or less settled in the box since midday. Mom and dad were calling from the yard this morning, but are making more frequent trips in with food this afternoon.
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Greater Damariscotta, Maine, has been attracting bird photographers for years. Damariscotta Mills came to the attention of photographers when they restored the fish ladder on the Damariscotta River. The ladder was originally built in 1807 when mills blocked the fish's trip up the river. in 2007 a group took to restoring the ladder which allowed the fish to run again. The fish attracted osprey and eagles. The birds attracted photographers.
The attraction for the wildlife is the alewife run. Alewife are marine fish that swim up rivers to breed in fresh water. They can grow to about 16", but average about 10". They swim upstream in large schools, with many millions of fish heading up the rivers in greater Damariscotta every year. Alewife apparently don't appeal to humans. There are a few shops in the area advertising smoked alewife, but most of the fish caught become bait in lobster traps.
A broad-winged hawk came by to check out the scene. The guides say broad-wings will eat fish, but this one just circled overhead briefly before moving on.
After a dive, osprey shake like a wet dog to get rid of the water.
Today was the first day we could have expected the chicks to fledge. They're still with us as of late afternoon. They're curious about what's going on outside and have taken turns peering out the entrance hole. Both are testing their wings in the box. Mom and dad have been busy hauling food in for them.
Our chicks are beginning to show interest in the entrance to the nesting box. They're stretching to take a peek out. Haven't seen either hop up to stick his head out, but won't be long now. Update: they're sitting in the entrance, looking out.
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