Every morning, it's like magic - there's another lovely rat out there, and mom doesn't have to head out so soon. In fact, she's back to her routine of sitting on us for a bit after breakfast which was especially nice on this cold, damp morning. The cleaning staff put the lights on in the board room every morning which makes for strange reflections on the window.
Phew, she's gone and we can stretch out a bit.
At some point every time we're asleep, mom drops stuff on us. This morning it was leaves, then a bunch of white flowers.
Those flowers were quite itchy, and I had to wriggle around to get comfortable. Look how long my legs are getting!
And by the time I started to get my act together, I was once again at the back of the rat line.
Wow, that was a particularly delicious meal, and we ate... and we ate... and we ate... and then fell into a full food coma.
At some point, mom flew back in and removed the rat carcass. She often sits in a nearby tree with our leftovers and grabs a snack. It started to get hotter and we spread out to stay cool.
I decided it was time to do a bit of exploring and found that I could get myself up the side of the nest bowl, and peek over the edge. Whoa - I could see a rat over on the ledge!
Mom suddenly landed on the ledge right in front of me. Was she getting that rat for us?
Yesssss - FINALLY, I'm at the front of the line!
When mom finished feeding us, she decided to stay in the nest with us for a bit, which was nice as she has had to be away so much since dad left.
Today, two weeks ago, my siblings hatched. So much has happened for us since then, but one thing we can now count on is a steady supply of white rats. I wonder if the FI can get them in other colors? Dad used to bring us brown ones.... but I guess they all taste the same. After my successful foray to the front yesterday, I strategically placed myself in the front of the sleeping pile so I could get a running start for lunch.
Mom came in with more leaves, but fortunately not as big a clump as yesterday.
I narrowly missed having them dropped on me again.
Mom soon noticed that room service had delivered our lunch...
... and strode over to the ledge to collect it.
We're getting pretty good at sitting up now.
After we finished all we could possibly stuff in our crops, we crashed into another food coma, and mom rested for a while beside us.
Then she headed out, and we were alone for quite a long time this afternoon. This was a two-rat sleep, and the hours passed peacefully.
Just as it was starting to get dark, mom flew in...
... and took up her customary spot to keep watch over us throughout the night. She is such a good mom.
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This picture, taken on Monday, April 30, by the Franklin Institute's Gene Mancini, shows the formel soaring over the nest area with an unknown red-tail. Could this be next year's tiercel?