|Check out that crazy hair!|
Hellooooo class. Guess what? I'm an uncle! That's right, the Phoebe family chicks hatched!
It can take up to two weeks for the eggs to hatch, and two weeks came and went and we kept our ears peeled for the little chirp chirps of baby birds. Well, we never heard any and we started to get worried.
We couldn’t see what was going on, because the door the nest is on top of is much taller than any of us. Then Moo-Cow got the excellent idea to climb up a ladder and hold a mirror above the nest so we all could see into it. That's when we finally caught our first glimpses of the babies all quiet and curled up at the bottom! They were so silent and motionless we were still worried about them, but Moo-Cow could see them breathing very lightly.
It turns out that Phoebe chicks actually don’t make much noise, or move very much, unless mom or dad is bringing them food. That's why we didn't hear them when they were born. It takes 16-18 days for the birds to learn how to fly, so we'll still have them around for a little while.
Meanwhile, I've been learning other things about phoebes, like they have a unique habit of twitching their tails up and down. Some birds bob their heads up and down, but you can always tell a phoebe by its "wagging" tail.
Phoebes also like to eat bugs, like I do. Actually, Mrs. Phoebe and I both went for a delicious looking mosquito yesterday but then I remembered she had some new babies to feed, so I let her have it.
The Phoebes will hang around here in the northeast until late fall when they fly south for the winter. I've liked having them around, but I will be glad to not share my bugs with them anymore! I think I'll go over to the nest and see how my new nephews are doing. Class dismissed!
A rare appearance by a baby Phoebe in its first week out of the egg. Mostly they've stayed tucked down at the bottom. Maybe they are starting to get curious about all these weird creatures hanging around their nest with mirrors and cameras.
For more about birds, nests, and baby animals, check out the MCFC BABY ANIMAL PRINT EDITION .