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havalotta 08-16-2012 10:55 AM

Red wing black bird
 
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Something's in the bush!
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I can barely make it out. It's the back side of a bird, resting upon a nest, but what kind?
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All of a sudden..... it flushed, and in flew another.
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It is a Red Wing Black Bird.
I took a peek inside and there lay three speckled blue eggs!

havalotta 08-16-2012 10:58 AM

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WARNING This post may be a bit graphic

The very next day........
Two little ones raised their tiny little heads, mouth agap....TWO! What had happened to the third?????
I did a complete search of the area to see if one had toppled from its nest.
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No such luck but I DID find the missing egg on the ground.
I took the egg inside and decided to carefully open it with a tweezers to see what's up.
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Seems it was given the boot from not developing ....The yolk mass (cropped out) still lay by its side.
It was a LOT smaller than the other two hatch-lings and had already passed on. Notice the little egg tooth attached to the tip of its bill.

dapjwy 08-16-2012 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 118819)
Something's in the bush!
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I can barely make it out. It's the back side of a bird, resting upon a nest, but what kind?
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All of a sudden..... it flushed, and in flew another.
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It is a Red Wing Black Bird.
I took a peek inside and there lay three speckled blue eggs!

I'd love to have a nesting pair of one of my favorite birds...perhaps with the pond, I'll have a better chance of attracting them--especially if I add wetland plants.

dapjwy 08-16-2012 02:09 PM

Is it possible it fell out and then never finished developing?

Interesting markings on the shell.

havalotta 08-16-2012 04:27 PM

I don't think so as one day all three eggs were in the nest fine and dandy, then the very next day there were two hatch-lings looking at me and a tossed egg that held a MUCH smaller underdeveloped chick inside. It was no where near the size of the other two. I'm guessing it had stopped developing quite some time before, maybe by only a few days? being they mature so rapidly.

havalotta 08-18-2012 11:05 AM

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Two days old
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Three
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Four
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Mom keeps a ever watchful eye on me.
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Dad tries to lure me away......

havalotta 08-19-2012 08:06 AM

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Fifth
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Mom and dad voicing their opinions.
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Eighth

dapjwy 08-19-2012 06:39 PM

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Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 118850)
I don't think so as one day all three eggs were in the nest fine and dandy, then the very next day there were two hatch-lings looking at me and a tossed egg that held a MUCH smaller underdeveloped chick inside. It was no where near the size of the other two. I'm guessing it had stopped developing quite some time before, maybe by only a few days? being they mature so rapidly.

I see.

(I just got back today from being away for a few days.) Shortly after posting my comment, I read about your find and realized that you discovered the egg the very next day.)

Great photos, H.!

havalotta 08-21-2012 08:54 PM

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Their eyes have been open since the seventh day.
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Ninth....First time they've noticed the camera.
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Tenth...Feathers are emerging from their sheaths.
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Eleventh....Fully feathered.

dapjwy 08-21-2012 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by havalotta (Post 119191)
Their eyes have been open since the seventh day.
...Eleventh....Fully feathered.

Great photo series, havalotta. Thank you for sharing something few of us would ever see.

How do the parents react to your presence?


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