Been a while since I updated everyone. Summer seems to be flying by and visitors have seen us travelling all over. While all of that’s been going on, life on the pond has continued.
A week after the last photo, Spike is still strutting his stuff.
And then he needs to scratch.
Then his colours started to come in.
Slowly, starting at almost six weeks, he takes on the colours he will wear for the rest of his life.
By June 27, at six weeks, Spike is an intriguing mix of down and feather.
In other fowl news, there are several new families on the pond.
We went away for a holiday for a few days. By the time we returned, a few things had changed.
By last week, we had begun watching for signs of flight, or flight training. Still nothing. But I’m not home during the day anymore, and his office faces in the wrong direction to see all the time, so we might be missing it. Still, Spike keeps growing.
And just this morning, a few calisthenics. I gather flight training has begun.
Spike’s legs are still not quite strong enough to bear his weight without tiring. However, I see him sitting and eating less frequently these days, so there’s been progress. Still, he’s an eating machine and when there’s food about, his face is rarely far from it.
Off for more summer adventures now. A bit closer to home now that I’m back to work. Let’s see where the days take us.