Monday, May 17, 2010

Hatching Expected Soon...

No hatch over the weekend but it could start at any moment. The weather forecast for Columbus today and tomorrow calls for rain and temps in the 60s. This will likely result in Scout staying tighter on the eggs than those of us who want a good view of things would prefer! But keep in mind that the chick working to free itself from the egg generates a lot of heat (think of it along the lines of exercising vigorously inside a wet suit!). So, when it comes to actual hatch she will be up forming a tent around the eggs with her wings. Let's just hope she doesn't have her back to the camera! In the meantime, expect to see a lot of up and down, up and down, looking down at the eggs, etc. Here is a short video clip of typical behavior:
video

We plan to work on the nestbox mic today - evidently there is a problem in the wiring between the microphone and the computer that sends the audio with the live stream. More on that later....