Getting Close

As hatching day approaches, June is becoming even more dedicated to her eggs. Her only time outside the nest comes in two five-minute breaks. One just after sunset and another just before sunrise. She is shown here as she cautiously surveys the area before entering the nest after returning from her morning break. Based on past history, the first egg should hatch between Monday and Wednesday of next week. This estimate is based on the times from the laying of the second egg (start of incubation)  to the hatching of   the first owlet in four previous seasons. Those times were 29 days in 2000 and 2002, 30 days in 2001, and 31 days in 1998.

Ward has already made four food deliveries tonight and June has finally quieted down after a day of much whining.

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