July 16, 2017 at 8:53 pm #5644verachuckdaveParticipant
The eggs hatched today, and there are five babies (I think–it’s hard to see each one) curled up in the nest. Like everyone else has shared, heat is a concern. I have styrofoam heat shields, but we are coming into a heat wave this week. It’s definitely umbrella time!
PennsylvaniaJuly 16, 2017 at 8:59 pm #5645
Congratulations! I thought I had 3 new hatchlings, today, but only two of the three have hatched. Hopefully my last one hatches tomorrow.
Bedford, New HampshireJuly 17, 2017 at 12:27 pm #5650
Congrats every one! Three eggs today for my insane duo!July 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm #5651
I so wish I could do an umbrella. Snakes, I fear, would climb the pole and I’m too lazy to do another Kreuger trap honestly.July 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm #5658
Lisa, you are so funny! You remind me of the TV commercial which asks: “Wouldn’t it be great, if everyone said what they mean…?” Just telling it like it is. Love it!
Your snakes are my hawks & owls! Our summer resident Broad Winged Hawks have returned (nesting pair), and they are terrorizing mama and papa blue. Awful scene, 5 or 6 times a day. They hunt in pairs and large groups. Very good at what they do. Very bad for my blues. Hoping for the best. The owlet has learned to fly, but not well. Lands on the nest box every day, but papa blue barely pays her any mind at this point, as it is clear she has no idea what she is doing. Mama owl has gone missing…
Bedford, New HampshireJuly 17, 2017 at 3:45 pm #5659dogsandbirdsModerator
Randy, what are you doing sitting around? Find her!
Atlanta, GAJuly 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm #5669
Randy, I hate to be so honest but it was a huge PITA to make that trap. Add 3 cats in the mix and the house was a mess. I am soooo lazy!
I saw a hawk pair circling above the golf course today but none of the songbirds seemed to hunker or be quiet! I guess they like squirrels and bunnies better!July 17, 2017 at 4:41 pm #5670verachuckdaveParticipant
I don’t know anything about owls. Is it normal for a mother to just disappear? Will the baby owlet make it on her own?
PennsylvaniaJuly 17, 2017 at 4:42 pm #5671
Snakes SUCK! I can’t imagine a hawk carrying off one of my blues, though!July 17, 2017 at 5:13 pm #5672
Gin, I think I like it better with mama owl gone. I fear her as a hunter most of all. Plus, I am almost certain she is still around; I just haven’t spotted her in a long while. Susan, owlets supposedly rely upon their parents for up to 4 months, and the little girl on my property DEFINITELY needs some additional seasoning. I imagine I will see mama owl again, soon enough. Ugh. For now, I need to deal with the Broad-winged Hawks, and what looks to be an infertile egg. It will be 72 hours, tomorrow evening. Poor mama blue…
Bedford, New HampshireJuly 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm #5673
Lisa, I have never spent any time with snake traps, but I can imagine they are a pain to both make and administer. I feel for you. I did my residency training in Gainesville, Florida, and routinely killed snakes in my house. When I was on call one day, my wife killed a coral snake with a shovel in the driveway while holding our 7 month old daughter. In NH we are virtually snake-free…
Bedford, New HampshireJuly 17, 2017 at 8:44 pm #5675
Too funny! I am 25 years ER and now hospitalist. I was at UC Davis and I don’t think I had snakes.July 17, 2017 at 8:46 pm #5676
Your wife sounds tough, btw! I never killed a snake in my life until last year when one had just eaten 5 13 day old nestlings. There was no relocation far enough for me. PLus he was so huge I didn’t know what to put him in to relocate….July 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm #5678
Anesthesiologist, and Healthcare IT Exec. I have never even considered “relocating” a snake. :)
See? I am learning to be honest, just like you Lisa! :)
Bedford, New HampshireJuly 17, 2017 at 10:33 pm #5679
I wish I could say I felt good about it but I was MAD as heck and took it out on poor snaky. Plus I didn’t want him to be someone else’s problem because he was HUGE! At least 5 feet.
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