I sent John Blakeman some pictures Kay took yesterday of their outstretched wings and asked him how close he thought they were to flying. Maybe not as close as we think....
The head feathers are still a bit short and compressed, not fully extended yet.
And the same is true of the long flight feathers in the wings, too. They are still tender and "in the blood."
Still, an eyass could hop off the ledge tomorrow (Monday). Or, more likely I think, it would happen towards the end of the week."
-- John Blakeman
[Last year (June 12, 2009), John sent us this information about "in the blood" regarding Miss Piggy's premature flight ]
"As the feathers grow out, they actually have blood vessels within, nourishing the growth of these miraculous body features. So, for a while, heavy blood remains coursing through the big tail and wing feathers. Until this ends, when the bird is “hard penned,” the wings are a bit heavier. Right now, all three birds should be close to being hard penned, allowing for much better flight.