Yesterday RSCF staff members Dr. Paul Reillo, Dr. PJ Deitschel, Danielle Payne and Karen McGovern headed over to Palm Beach to check in on the ferel population of Green Cheek Amazons that live there. The colony is doing extremely well, and RSCF has been checking in on six active nest cavities this season. We weighed and examined eight chicks, banding four with colorful identification bands, then returned them safely to their nest cavities. All the chicks we examined were healthy and robust! We also filmed inside several nests, using a camera system designed by RSCF that uses a one-inch infa-red camera attached to the end of an extending 50-foot pole. We got some great footage of adults with eggs and chicks.
It is wonderful to see so many active and healthy nests. The flock is indeed doing well this year!