Let's take a look in on Papa Bird and the chicks again.
1. July 20th. Hmmm, now it appears there are only two chicks total in the nest. I don't know if I miscounted (since at their youngest stage they're kind of lumpy and all one color, so it might have looked like there was an additional one), or one got pushed out of the nest -- as often happens with birds where there's only supposed to be a "set" number. In the case of the latter, it would have been too late to see if that's what indeed happened, since any of a number of other critters most likely would have found it before I did. Not sure if this is Daddy bird, either, since you can't see the neck feathers. In any event I have yet to see both adults at the nest, although I'm sure they must change guards at some point in the day!
2. July 21. This is a nice shot.
3. July 22. Daddy feeds the chicks. As you can see, the chicks are growing quite fast, and it's due to the rather unique way they're being fed, which National Public Radio has been helpful enough to explain.
4. July 23. It's been quite rainy the past couple days, and here we see what birds do when it storms. ...They sit on their branch and wait it out...
5. July 24. The chicks are about a week old, and their wing-plumage is already half grown in. At this stage, they're homely little things, looking more like miniature turkeys with their fat bodies and bald heads.