Post details: Holy Pin Feathers! - New babies

06/03/05

Permalink 07:10:18 pm, Categories: 2005 Martins, 83 words   English (US)

Holy Pin Feathers! - New babies

A surprise appearance during nest check today. Expecting to find only the three 2 1/2 week old babies in gourd #7 - brand new babies and at least one egg were found in gourd #9. This gourd has had a nest only in it for just about every previous nest check. Having skipped 2 weeks since last check, we missed the entire appearance of eggs. The babies looked to be brand new hatchlings. We've moved the gourdcam over to gourd #9 now so everyone can see these new birds mature.

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Comment from: jim [Member]
What's cool about this is that we now get birds 'till July 4th (but eventually we must clean out the gourds and store them). This is exceptionally good news, I wish these little guys luck, though, they're going to be fledging awfully-late! Hopefully, the third egg will hatch -- it's pretty certain the parents are second year birds (at least, the nominal parents -- female martins are total sluts and wish to breed with older birds if possible on the sly! The males all do whatever they can to be just as slutty as the females, of course...).

We also found many bird mites -- especially in gourd-cam, which we killed with Dr. Bronner's soap (see previous posts!) on a qtip. The rain washes it off, but today I found mites even in the housings of the owl-guards, so the lesson for next year is to treat EVERY sheltered surface when there's plenty of time. I can't believe landlords don't ALL use Dr. B.'s, it's absolutely death on the mites, in the camera there were many dead mites -- so many that the lid had essentially become non-toxic by means of killing hundreds and hundreds of them, but STILL there were mites, so we treated again and killed them all.

The nest to the left of the former gourd-cam gourd on the upper level (all the way left) was a seething mass of various nasty-looking bugs, but again the lid threads had killed hundreds of mites! (It was still gross!)
JMR

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