Monday, April 20, 2009

Omlettes, Anyone?

I think that we can safely say that the mystery of what is going on with the birds has been solved. A brief investigation of the air conditioner this morning has shown that there are indeed two nests, a small, flat one occupied by the mourning dove, and a larger, circular one occupied by the robin. I figured it out this morning when I noticed two sets of eggs. Soon, my air conditioner will echo with the munchkin sized chirping sounds of two sets of baby birds.

The American Robin typically has between three and five eggs at a time, which take around 14 days to hatch. The robin has been leery of me so far, choosing to try to lead me away to the nest, but not seeming to give a crap if I go up to the nest. I'm told, however, that once the eggs hatch, the robin will become more aggressive in protecting the chicks.

The mourning dove usually has one or two eggs which are incubated by both the male and female at different times of day. Supposedly, when the egg hatches, the doves will be so devoted that they will lead potential predators away from the nest by faking a broken wing and then taking off real fast once the predator gets too close.

The remarkable thing about this situation is how close together the two birds are living. I have already had a number of people comment to me that it the situation is highly unusual and may deteriorate once the eggs hatch. Wonder if I can sell tickets to a potential bird fighting contest.

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