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Thread subject: A Reason For aerating The Nest??
Name Date Message
Tiger 05/22/05 12:01 pm We know that Betty works hard at aerating the nest. Is it possible that the reason she does this is to make sure the nest does not flood in times of high rain?

Rain is a big killer of young osprey chicks.
Shelley 05/22/05 12:07 pm Do you mean that she creates, in effect, drainage holes? I hadn't thought of that but it does make sense. Interesting. I wonder if there is any confirmation of that in the books that Celeste and Cec have....
RonS 05/22/05 12:15 pm An excellent thought, Tiger. I think that creating drainage and a soft spot for protecting the eggs and chicks are the two best reasons put forth so far.
Marie 05/22/05 12:21 pm Great idea Tiger............so necessary when you hear this kind of rain falling. Hard packed soil below those chicks and eggs wouldn't allow for the rain to run off so your idea would work well. They would be swimming in a pool if the rain didn't have a chance to seep off somehwere...Certainly rain has been the cause of severa nest failures in Scotland and Wales.
Marie 05/22/05 12:22 pm Great idea Tiger............so necessary when you hear this kind of rain falling. Hard packed soil below those chicks and eggs wouldn't allow for the rain to run off so your idea would work well. They would be swimming in a pool if the rain didn't have a chance to seep off somehwere...Certainly rain has been the cause of severa nest failures in Scotland and Wales.

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