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Thread subject: The egg
Name Date Message
Shelley 06/22/07 05:54 am I have just now tuned in and it could be my imagination (or maybe just the bright sun, at this time) but is that the egg, pushed way over on the left (9 o'clock) side of the nest? Maybe it will be pushed out today?
Celeste 06/22/07 06:34 am The egg is definitely on the west side of the nest and has been since I first turned on the cam when I found the chicks lying in the nest alone and Betty on the perch. I wish they would get rid of the egg somehow, as I noticed on the banding trip whenever we found an unhatched egg in the nest Greg would throw it out of the nest.
Pamela 06/22/07 06:43 am Celeste, were there many unhatched eggs?
Cecilia 06/22/07 07:31 am I'll answer since I Celeste must be taking a breakfast break :-) There were two unhatched eggs in two different nests...one had chicks and one nest had failed completely. Greg was very ginger with the eggs because he said they can explode with the barest touch and when they do it is hideous...sulfer and rot and worse :-) He tossed one before we could get a pic and we all were saying "wait"... but then a nest or two later he found the second one, that Birdy and Melanie held, so we got to take the photos. Then Melanie threw it over the side and that's when we saw that they float.

I see the egg is over on the west side but there are some big sticks there so it doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon. Maybe she instinctively knows that trying to push it out could cause problems but sooner or later I would think it's going to just explode. They won't be smelling so great then...
Melanie 06/22/07 11:24 am Good thing birds have a terrible sense of smell, if any ;-p

Which means the old adage about parents abandoning baby birds after a human has touched them is a myth, if anyone didn't already know that.

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