Hi everyone, Ill be doing updates for a couple of weeks on behalf of Giovanna. I am sure you will have noticed that the nest of the kestrels Bacco and Arianna is now on line. They were on line last year but just to remind people, the nest is in Rome, in the western part of the city and this year there are four eggs in the nest. Giac reckons they should hatch in about a week. Anybody who sees a hatching gets to name the chick Ill post an update as soon as the eggs start hatching. The announcement of the cam coming on line is at
www.birdcam.it/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3028 with some photos but others can be found at www.birdcam.it/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3029
The other two kestrel nests with web cams in Rome each have 5 chicks which are now just over two weeks old. The chicks in the nest of Claudia B and Ics are growing at about the same rate and are very similar in size but there has been some concern over the other family of Rebecca and Nembo. Here, three of the chicks are much bigger than the other two and many people in the forum are worried that there may be something wrong with the smallest chick. The chicks will be banded on 3 June and so will be examined carefully then. If there is any news, there will be an update.
The peregrine falcon families in Rome and Bologna are now fully fledged. Raptorbiol has taken some beautiful pictures of the Bologna juvies as they play and practise flying but the really stunning photo is of the stoop
None the worse for his experience, although his human parents have taken most of the week to get over the anxiety of his disappearance, Ponentino, one of the Rome juvies, is still going back to the nest and spent some time there on Thursday, at one time peering over the edge, just as he did as a chick. www.birdcam.it/forum/viewtopic.php?t=30 ... c&start=60
The next update will be after the banding on Tuesday 3 June.