Mama III has laid her first egg ever and our first brood of 2016 is underway. Has been cool and rainy for several days. Mama didn’t immediately lay an egg when she completed her nest due to the weather. Not uncommon. Forecast calls for more cloudy, rainy weather, so egg production may be a little slow. At any rate, the eggs will remain viable for a long time in cool weather. They don’t begin to develop until the female begins incubation. Last year we didn’t get our first egg until 19 March.
I’ll get the Sparrow Spooker on the box this afternoon so the egg won’t be destroyed by a marauding House Sparrow. This is a contraption with some streaming red/silver mylar strips that flutter in the wind and keep sparrows at bay. Once Mama has an egg in the box, her maternal instincts will overcome her fear of the spooker. In a day or two, she will pay it no mind.
Mama III on the box.
Total chicks fledged from this site is 61.
First Brood 2016
- First sign of nest building 01 March
- Nest completed 07 March
- First egg 09 March
- Second egg 10 March