Saturday, November 17, 2007

Three Eggs!

Very exciting! We can count three eggs as of yesterday. The parents are very much covering the view most of the time, with Mary Ann into close to full time brooding behavior, so we can't tell if another one has been laid or not today: so three for sure, so far. Sutcliffe continues to scuttle about, but today, for the first time, Mary ann booted him out of the box. Perhaps this signals the end of egg laying, perhaps not. Of course we will keep you posted! As R noted earlier, a lovely flourish of trumpets is warranted!

Ta dada DAAA (trumpet flourish!)!!!!


Carl said...

Yowie kazowie! That's so exciting!

Rosa said...

I read on Wikipedia that budgies can lay up to 15 eggs per brood! I would hope that nature builds in a limitation depending on the size of the nest box. In nature, they brood in logs, which may be much more palatial.

Keep on clucking!

Contributions by: the Human Guardians of a Few Budgies said...

wow! fifteen eggs! those certianly wouldn't fit in our nest box, even "wall to wall". i don't even see how she could sit on 15 eggs! She could probably sit on about five, maximum. we will see what happens! some may never hatch, some may hatch but not survive, so, its still early days. but fun early days!

Marta said...

It must be incredibly exhausting to lay eggs every other day! How big are these eggs? It is hard to tell from webcam perspective.

Contributions by: the Human Guardians of a Few Budgies said...

these eggs are about the size of the chocolate eggs you get every easter: but not as colorful. still, MA is not a very big bird, and her rear must be pretty sore! Sutcliffe gets into the nest box with her, and she seems mildly annoyed, until he preens the feathers on top of her head. he really seems to adore her.

Carl said...

Preening of head feathers is so nice!

Our Lala would love to eat the eggs. She would enjoy them a lot more than chocolate eggs!

The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple
Sutcliffe and Maryann in early 2007