Today’s baby pics. It’s amazing how much these guys have grown in just five days. In addition to growing in size, they no longer look like pink hairy shrimp. Blue pigmentation and pin feathers are appearing. Their eyes are still closed, though.
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The old cheeping trick didn’t work today. They were sacked out and refused to wake up. I touched them on the heads and cheeped to no avail.
The older siblings from the first brood still visit the yard, but infrequently. I saw one yesterday and its face was stained purple. There are no berries other than poke berries on the creek where the juvies hang out. These would be poison to you or me, but birds gobble them up. Wish I could have gotten a pic. He looked like a kid who had had gotten into the ice cream while his parents weren’t around.
Three of the four mockingbird eggs hatched. One late yesterday and the other two this morning. One egg remains. The mockingbirds fuss a little at me when I take a pic, but have really racheted things down from the attack they launched on me the first time I inspected their nest.
Second brood summary:
- 07 May First egg laid
- 08 May Second egg laid
- 09 May Third egg laid
- 14 May Incubation began
- 25 May Two eggs hatched, one remaining
- 29 May Unhatched egg removed. Unfertilized.