Posted by: grperegrines | 04/04/2018

4/4/18: The Wait Continues

It seems that this year’s clutch in the GVSU nest box is complete with four eggs.  Full incubation likely began between eggs 3 and 4, as temperatures got back down near freezing.  If that estimate is accurate, hatching could begin as early as April 28, though May 1 is more likely.

In the meantime, enjoy watching the two adults take turns sitting on the eggs.  Look for patterns in their timing, they often develop a loose schedule.  And, if you are like me, you might find yourself yelling at the male to cover those eggs better.  His smaller size makes it tougher for him to get all four tucked in properly.  (Remember that the male has a clean white upper chest, while the female has spots all the way up her chest.)

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