I received the following text this morning from Brad Semel with IDNR and thought many of you would enjoy it as much as I did:
"Both chicks have reached 23 days. The plover recovery program will record Chicago as officially fledging two chicks!"
You bet I teared up and am still tearing up.
The chicks are now big enough to be confused with their Dad from the back. They are venturing further and further out, well past their enclosure. They can also fly distances of 20-30 ft. Soon Monty will be leaving, then the two chicks a few days to a week later.
I'd like to echo the words posted by Chicago Audubon Society: