Female and chicks as chicks get older

Observation:  Around 7:10PM PST 2/25/11 female’s out and chicks are alone, huddled together.  The chicks, especially the older ones, are getting big enough to stay warm (which includes huddling together) for a while on their own and the female needs to start joining the male in hunting to feed appetites that are rapidly growing.  She will know when to come back in (successful or not in hunting) if the chicks need brooding.  Won’t be long before she’s out a lot more.  Pete

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