Things are really hopping in the cavity nesting department right now. The baby Tree Swallows hatched today - well, 4 of the 5 eggs did, anyway.
Looking back at my photo of the 5 eggs from May 22, I notice that one is slightly off color.
As of late morning, one egg has yet to hatch. I wonder if that discolored one is infertile. I can only wait and watch.
In the bluebird nest, the rejected egg is still in the same place. Waiting to see about this one, too. They are due to hatch next Saturday or Sunday.
In the martin nest, 21 new eggs have been laid in the last 3 days! I now have 12 nests with eggs, including Mr. & Mrs. #13, who had their clutch of 4 eggs destroyed by house sparrows on May 20 or 21. They have renested, and have 3 new eggs as of today.
To date, we have a total of 47 eggs. Two nests, one of 4 eggs and one of 5, are due to hatch tomorrow, and and three nests have clutches just beginning. Fledging is going to be spread out over a couple of weeks, the way it looks.
Occupants of this nest decided to add seed pods from the redbud tree, as well as the more traditional green leaves, to their nest of 5 eggs in a Super Gourd.
We found a surprise baby, too. While I was photographing the tree swallows, the dogs were messing around in a weedy spot in my yard and I heard rustling in the grass and the squeal of a mammal being attacked. I was able to call the girls off before they hurt whatever it was, and put them on a "Down-Stay" while I went to check on it. I expected to find a baby bunny, but instead, this is what looked back at me.
What a quandary! I don't really want groundhogs living in my yard, but I can't let the dogs kill this little baby, either.