The chicks are expected to hatch this weekend, so keep an eye on the youtube site, where there is a veritable United Nations of ‘pere watchers’ keeping an eye and ear out for the pips. Unfortunately, Diamond and Xavier between them have managed to roll the eggs in the near corner where the webcam is slightly out of focus and the eggs are almost out of sight. However, we will still know when they hatch and it won’t take long before the little ones are all over the box.
Our third wheel (known as VB, or Visiting Bird) is still around. It is a male, slightly larger than Xavier, with a ‘comma’ on his neck, making him (sometimes) easy to identify. The female, Diamond, seems to accept his presence, but I can’t speak for Xavier as I haven’t seen them together. My guess is that he’s spitting chips ie not happy with the situation, especially as the male appears to want to actually incubate the eggs. This is very interesting behaviour, as Xavier himself wouldn’t have anything to do with the eggs or chicks his first year (when he took over as step-father). Anyway we shall see what we shall see.
I’ve attached a couple of videos of a changover – these are the same, just different formats. The first is ‘avi’, the second ‘mp4’.