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  May 2000 Nest Visits

May 30, 2000 -
Tragedy strikes Nest 3

We were saddened to discover today that the father of Nest 3 had died.   He was found within the nest just inside the entrance hole and we removed him.   He had an injury on his left side that was apparently fatal.  The mother should continue to incubate her four eggs and will hopefully be able to feed all her babies by herself when they hatch.
 

Nests 1, 2  and 4 hatched their young within the previous week.  These chicks are 3 or 4 days old.

Notice all the fresh green leaves in the nest.

Nest 1- May 30
Nest 1-May 30, 2000  Photo by Jim Mason

Nest 1- May 22
Nest 1-May 22, 2000
Photo by Charles Cope

May 22, 2000 -
Most females are incubating eggs

We found six eggs in two of the nests we checked.  Incubation takes 15 to 18 days.
May 15, 2000 -
Four nests have eggs and only one is still building
Six eggs in Nest 2!  Fresh elm leaves line the nest cup.  The males bring these leaves.

Nest 2- May 15
Nest 2 - May 15, 2000     Photo by Jim Mason

In mid-May, Nest 3 was still under construction.  You can see the dried grass and bark strips that make up the bulk of the nest cup.

Nest 3 - May 15
Nest 3 - May 15, 2000     Photo by Jim Mason

 

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