Ramses: "Hey Mrs. P! How's the egg sitting going? Y'know, when those hatch you should let me know. Those kids of yours will need a good role model like me around."
Hellooo class. I'm pleased to announce the coming birth of four new babies…bird babies! No, they're not kiwi birds, but eastern phoebes! Mr. And Mrs. Phoebe decided to move in and build a nest right on top of the front door of Moo-Cow Fan Club Headquarters!
It's been a little bit inconvenient (we now have to use the back door all the time) but it's been great getting to know the Phoebes and watching them start a family. Phoebes are small, grayish-brown birds with white bellies. They get their name from their birdcall, which sounds like "fee-bee."
It might sound strange that a bird would build a nest above a door, but phoebes tend to build nests under structures like bridges and overhangs. The top of the door isn’t a very wide space for building a nest, but the phoebes managed to do it by sticking grass and small twigs together with mud.
This makes the whole thing very sturdy and also wide enough to start a family in. Actually, the nests have to be built to last because once it is made, the phoebes return to it year after year. So, I guess we have a new neighbor!
Mrs. Phoebe laid four eggs a week or so ago, which is normal (they usually lay 2-6 eggs). Now we're all waiting patiently for the little guys to hatch out into the world. It can
take up to two weeks, but we've been keeping a close eye on the family. I hatched out of an egg myself, and let me tell you, it’s pretty tough!
I wanted to get the Phoebes to come in to class to talk to you today, but Mrs. Phoebe says she needs to stay in her nest to keep the eggs warm, and Mr. Phoebe is staying around for protection.
Don’t worry though, I'll keep you all posted and let you know as soon as the eggs hatch!
Sorry I couldn't get a better picture of the eggs. It was hard to even get this one!