Sure Signs

Just after Ward delivered another snake to the nest this afternoon, June made a sound that is only heard when hatching is very near. The chattering sound that is wedged between these two squeals is her way of saying that the eggs are OK. Her assessment was confirmed at 10pm when the sound of peeping could be heard coming from the nest. This peeping sound comes from inside the unhatched egg and usually starts about twelve hours before hatching. I expect that this is June's first indication that all her work is paying off, since barred owls have been known to sit on infertile eggs for weeks. Hopefully, the actual hatching will be delayed until daylight, so that I can post pictures of the event tomorrow.

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