We’ve been on a short trip and I didn’t get to photo the babies for a few days. They have really grown since their last pic. I usually don’t open the box after thirteen days and this morning is the fourteenth day, but I was careful and slow and the babies allowed me to photograph them without spooking. They were awake and alert and just stared at me, frozen like statues.
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I put out worms for the parents to feed the babies so they would at least have a full belly and hopefully a little lethargic after a big meal. Mama II and Daddy II seemed happy to see the ‘worm man’ this morning. Even the shy Mama came to the feeder with me sitting just a few feet away. Daddy will gather a mouthful of worms and take them right to the young, but Mama is not so bold. She gathers a mouthful and flies to her perch, where she sits with them until I go inside. Neither parent fusses when I open the box, they don’t seem concerned that I am going to harm their babies. Daddy was very talkative this morning and even gave me some wing waves.
Time to just be patient and wait for the big moment now. I can’t believe these babies are almost ready to fledge. They should make their leap into the great big world around 25 April. I hope I get to witness it.
Daddy delivers a mouthful of worms to the babies.
I just posted some photos of a trip to southeastern Oklahoma, including some of Oklahoma alligators http://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/
First Brood Summary
- First sign of nest building 09 March
- Nest completed 15 March
- First egg laid 18 March
- Second egg laid 19 March
- Third egg laid 20 March
- Fourth egg laid 21 March
- Fifth egg laid 22 March
- Incubation begins 25 March
- Four eggs hatch 08 April
- Removed unhatched egg 11 April