Incubation

Sitting, relaxing, although with a heightened alert for danger, incubating, waiting, is exciting, satisfying, fulfilling.   There is a lot of peace and relaxation associated with a brood.  But do not get fooled.  Remember this is nature and as we have found before, nature can be cruel and unforgiving.

I sit while Jonathan patrols our area for threats.  The Doctor says my head looks as if it is a cog wheel or the second hand of an old watch.  When I get hungry Jonathan takes over the incubation to allow me to get a meal.  I’ll tell you later what great fisher-birds we are; I must say, we are quite incredible, now I must call Jonathon as I am getting hungry.

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The Absent Minded Doctor

I am so sorry for the disruption of our story.

The Doctor with all good intentions pushed every wrong button you can imagine.

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I really thought he was better with IT than that.

Last night I had to fly in to correct the fiasco.  It took me about an hour.  Jonathan was kind enough to sit on our egg and guard the nest while I was gone.

Anyway, the cameras are now up and running.

Love,

Harriett

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Bluebird eggs and Friends

Now The Doctor is ecstatic.

“I’am so excited to reestablish our telepathic relationship.  I was worried you might exclude me from our mission.”

“Oh, no Doctor.  Our mission remains unchanged.

By the way, my neighbors are fairing very well.

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Pictures compliments of the female Homo Sapien who lives in the giant nest on the west bank of the North River with the Doctor

Happy Easter my friends,

Harriett

 

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3 Eggs!

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“3 eggs!  I cannot believe it!” thought The Doctor.

Harriett is so proud of herself she borders on hubris.

This is the first time The Taj Mahal has hosted 3 eggs.  Either the food supply is plentiful or Harriett is that much more mature.

“Chirp, chirp, chirp,” cried Harriett.  “Look at me!”

“And don’t forget Johnathan.  Well what can I say?”

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The Doctor is happy to be back into full telepathic mode.  He was worried that he was out of practice and Harriett would not communicate this year.

“Silly Doctor,” transmitted Harriett.  Do you think I could be so small-minded?”

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Nightime

The Doctor’s cameras are equipped with an ultraviolet light source.

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We’re cold, Doctor !!!!! Tell Mom to come back.

 

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The DDT Story

DDT thins the egg shells of many birds, especially the eggs of raptors.  The thin shells can not stand the female’s incubation and cracke under pressure, during the time DDT was in widespread use.

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Rachel Carson highlighted the dangers of DDT in her groundbreaking 1962 book Silent Spring. Carson used DDT to tell the broader story of the disastrous consequences of the overuse of insecticides, and raised enough concern from her testimony before Congress to trigger the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

 

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Two Eggs!

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Two Eggs

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Parents

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Proud Mom

The breeding season of migratory populations occurs in the spring and summer, with egg laying in April and May. Two to four eggs are laid over a period of several days, each 1 to 2 days apart. Both the male and female incubate the eggs, which hatch after approximately 40 days. Because incubation starts when the first egg is laid, the eggs hatch asynchronously in the order in which they were laid. Chicks that hatch first are larger and have a competitive advantage over those that are hatch later. If food becomes scarce, the smaller chicks are less successful in competing for food, and often die. This decrease in the number of chicks in the nest makes food more available to the surviving chicks, and increases their likelihood of survival. This process, common in raptors, is called brood reduction.

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