Progress is moving a little slow on the third clutch. Mama isn’t cranking out eggs like last year. She laid the first of this clutch on 21 June, took a day off, laid another on 23 June and another day off today. It’s hot now. Temps are over 100 degrees in the afternoon and it must be oven-like in that box. The mockingbirds are ahead in the egg race, with three in their second nest.
One of the second brood juvies visited the yard yesterday morning and begged Daddy for worms. It never came to the feeder, just followed Daddy around begging. I also saw a young male fly in with Daddy from the field behind the house. This is the second time I’ve seen this. I think it is one of the first brood babies. This one made the mistake of landing on the box and that is off limits to everyone. Daddy dive-bombed him and he flew off and never returned.
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Third Brood Summary:
- 16 June First sign of nest building
- 20 June Nest completed
- 21 June First egg laid
- 23 June Second egg laid