Sunday, May 15, 2011
Three, possibly four
This afternoon, I saw three wide open baby bird beaks and it looked like there was another clump of gray in the back. When mom and dad are out of the nest, the babies' normal position is heads up with beaks open, but as soon as they hear a noise or see the flash from the camera, they hunker down and hide.
In the top picture, you can see the orange throat and open beak of one baby on the left and to the right, you can see the orange throat and tip of a closed beak of another baby. The gray fur from another baby (or two) is in the back.
In the second picture, the baby on the left has his head tucked down; the one on the right has his head up and beak closed, and you can see the other one(s) in the back. In the third picture, mama Sophie returned. The big Lizzie ear in the bottom picture shows you part of the reason I'm having such a hard time counting hatchlings.
The nest is filthy. I didn't want to disturb them so it hasn't been cleaned since the first set of eggs appeared a couple months ago. Birds are messy, messy creatures. They scatter seeds everywhere and even poop in their own food and water.