June 15 Nest Update: Epilog


June 15: Day 60-62
Now two months old, the fledglings are ranging widely and learning to hunt. It's much easier to hear than see them now; they don't use the nest anymore, but they're quite vocal and still tend to band together.

Little is known about red-shouldered development during the first months out of the nest. They should depend on their parents for another four to six weeks, and may move into territories within 20 miles of the nest. Their parents are likely to remain bonded and reuse this nest site next year. First year survival rates are thought to be about 50%, but if all goes well these fledglings will be able to breed in a year, and may live to be 20. Wish them luck.

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