Tuesday, February 3, 2015

More Pork Nesting

It has been a case of good news and bad news. The good news is that a Morepork nested and sat on two eggs in the nest box for over 30 days which is the incubation period. The bad news is that the eggs were infertile so nothing hatched. Juveniles reach sexual maturity at the end of their first year, but the male only mates when he is two years old and female when she is three years old so we are wondering if they are an immature pair. We had two eggs laid last year but they never sat on them. Those eggs were also infertile. We are hoping for a successful year this coming season.

The bird would temporarily leave the nest when we visited the box.  She never seemed stressed in any way so this enabled one of our team, Jeanette Holborow, to take some excellent photos including a short video picture. Click on this link and it will take you to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9393rngZEsE&feature=youtu.be

Looking in the nest box using a built in camera

1 comment:

Lindsey Desmarais Nubern said...

Thank you for sharing! Excited to see what happens next season. It seems great that they came back this year, even!