There may be danger on the edge of town but dangers can be avoided, and threats averted.
I first started watching this nest on the 19th of last month. Today (5th December) the chicks were sat on the edge of the edge of the nest summoning the courage to dive into the wild blue yonder. Balanced between security and fear. Instinct pulling in both directions, finally tipping the birds over, though fear and into the world.
Less than 10 minutes after this picture they took off – not so much flying as plummeting – not flying, just falling with style!
I suppose it gets worse from here. They are neither functional flyers nor competent runners; they may not make it through the night.
Only time will tell.