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Friday, March 23, 2012

Hatching due about April 6

Momma is brooding 3 eggs.  That will be all for this year; fewer than last year but quite normal.  The last egg was laid on March 16 so hatching is due about April 6, with all eggs hatching within a day or two of each other..  In the meantime, it may not be exciting but these are important times for her to work hard.  She usually takes a break shortly after dark (about8:00 p.m. EDT) and another before sun rise (about 5:30 a.m. but quite variable).  Papa delivers food to her as it is available.  As I was typing this (9:18 p.m.), Papa delivered a rodent, she swallowed it whole, and went back to brooding the eggs within about 2 minutes.

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