Four days later, and the chicks are strong enough to raise their heads above the edge of the nest:
Both parents are foraging. About 20 feet from the nest, I have a curly bracket for a hanging basket of lobelia. It is close to the kitchen window, convenient for photos. Here they perch, using the bracket as a vantage point from which to swoop on their prey, but also as sort of kitchen pass, from which to send a steady flow of food deliveries to the nearby nest.
This one is juggling a dragonfly:
This one has got a grip on a butterfly,
And this one is showing off its catch to its mate, who appears to be saying “Wow!”:
The variety of prey is interesting. A Long-dash Skipper butterfly:
A huge Dragonfly:
A white-faced dragonfly:
I think this is a Field Cricket:
And a small grasshopper:
If they keep wriggling, they get bashed on the metal bracket till they succumb.
Anyway, these chicks are not going hungry.