Nest Watch 2017

April 16, 2017

0412 avery at pondThere’s an old wood duck house down by our pond.  It’s been there as long as I’ve been coming to the farm; Jasper thought maybe one of his brothers or his sister made it and put it up back when they were children.

I don’t know if any wood ducks have ever used it, but certainly not in recent years.  We check it compulsively almost every time we wander by, always with the hope of finding wood duck eggs inside, but it’s always empty.

0412 duck boxThe other day the girls and I visited the pond while Jasper was burning stuff elsewhere on the farm.  We found four amphibious egg clusters clinging to the weeds, but we’ll have to wait awhile to find out whether they’re frog eggs or newt eggs.  We sent sticks and old boat floats down through the culvert pipe and watched them shoot out the waterfall on the otherside (like Poohsticks, sort of).

Almost as an afterthought I opened up the duck house:
0412 eggsEggs!

Nestled in a bed of dry grasses were two perfect blue and brown speckled eggs.  Not wood duck eggs, to be sure, but eggs nonetheless!  A perfect discovery just in time for Easter.

Now, if only I could know for certain what type of birds these eggs belong to.  Robin?  Starling?  Stellar Jay?  I guess time will tell.  Nest Watch 2017 is on!

8 Comments

  • rabbitpatchdiary.com

    April 16, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    what a sweet surprise! the country does offer some lovely things.

  • thetinypotager

    April 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Congratulations on your little eggs! My children will be watching your blog keenly to see what hatches 🙂

  • noharminfarmin

    April 17, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Those really look like robin eggs to me, but only time will tell! How eggciting!

    1. sproutandsprig

      April 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      That’s my guess, too 🙂

  • Apple Hill Cottage

    April 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Yes. Robin egg blue. My entry into your guessing contest. 😀

  • Front Porch Bliss

    April 17, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    How fun! Can’t wait to see when they hatch.

  • Hot Mess Homesteader

    April 20, 2017 at 2:24 am

    How exciting! Cant wait to see!

  • Nest Update: Sad and Happy Things – sprout & sprig

    May 23, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    […] Nest Watch 2017 is over.  The starling chicks are dead.  I hadn’t checked on them for more than a week for fear of scaring the mother, so I don’t know when it happened.  One of the chicks was tiny, the size of when it hatched, and it was stuffed down through the nest materials clear at the bottom of the box.  The other two were much bigger and starting to feather, their abdomens nice and plump, but dead nonetheless.  I can only guess that something happened to the mother bird, and the two big babies just got too cold.  A sorry end, even if they were starlings. […]

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