Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bulbul baby buggy bumpers

Say that five times fast.

Well, the baby birds are here. It's good news although it does mean that we were utterly wrong to think the nest had been built on Saturday while we were out; the bulbul egg apparently has at least a twelve-day incubation period, so they must have been here near on two weeks without our noticing (and it's right next to where we park our bikes!). Here is a pile of baby bulbuls snoozing in the nest:

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There appear to be two, although there were three eggs. The babies are tiny, about the size of a nutmeg, featherless, and blind; so apparently they judge when their parents are here with food by noticing the sway of the nest when they land. Hilariously, this means that when the wind blows, they both pop up with their beaks wide open:

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(Sorry for the blurry picture, but I didn't want to get too close or stay too long.) The breeding pair are being run totally ragged looking for food for these two. Back and forth, back and forth. I'm wondering whether a donation of mealworms wouldn't be welcome.

From here on out I plan to photograph them regularly. We'll see how they grow.

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