Monday, September 17, 2007

Have the TRIPLETS become QUADS?

As Richard was working in the backyard today he couldn't resist the temptation to get the ladder and take another peek into the nestbox. He didn't expect to see ANOTHER egg - but yes, now there are four.
That immediately sent him to the computer to see what he could find here
Apparently Crimson Rosellas breed mostly between September and January. The nest is a tree hollow, located high in a tree, and lined with wood shavings and dust. The female alone incubates the four to eight, normally five, white eggs, but both sexes care for the young. The chicks hatch after about 20 days and, although they leave the nest after about 35 days, they remain dependent on their parents for a further 35 days.


tracey petersen said...

Almost three weeks of waiting for the new additions. can you last that long?

Barbara said...

I also had in mind to ask, can you last that long? Besides I clicked on the website you added and I saw a very, very long list of birds in backyards existing in Australia! Amazing!

Joni said...

Alice won't those parents be busy with 4 + eggs!!

Kathleen Marie said...

I was hoping to see your neighborhood but this is charming and you do have quite the bird neighborhood to be sure. My grandpa use to raise birds, in fact he turned his whole front porch into an avary (not sure that is spelled right). They sure are gorgeous. I can't wait to see the babies!

God Bless!

Kerri said...

Those parents are going to be busy! It should be great fun to watch the progress.
The website where Richard found the information is very interesting....lots of birds to look at.
We have beautiful sunshine here today!

PEA said...

Oooooh this is so exciting! I do hope the eggs will hatch but as you say, she should be spending more time sitting on them!! Tell her to smarten up and do her job right! lol xox

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Hello Alice....
What beautiful birds the Crimson Rosellas are. You are certainly going to have an interesting time watching their little family hatch and grow. That’s a great birdhouse that Richard made.

Oh! I do envy you your time of year. September has been gloriously warm here, but yesterday was much colder, heating on last night. Marion

Merle said...

Hi Alice ~~ How wonderful to be able to see thos lovely birds and the eggs. Maybe when the hen has finished laying, she will then sit on them
most of the time. I hope you get to see the babies. Thanks for your kind words on my blog, always nice to see you. Your photos are lovely as usual.
Take care, Love, Merle.

meggie said...

How exciting! I would love to see the little ones.

HORIZON said...

What wonderful coloured birds Alice- nice nestbox too. Hubby built one for us early this year and we placed it up back in the forest area. We've been having problems withthe bigger birds chasing the smaller ones away but do get to see them on the feeder closer to the house.
hope your keeping well- your temps will be going up the way now. It turned a bit nippy over here these last few days but the sun is shining just now so l count our blessings.
bests and hugs x

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Also with the view on the background, that are mountains right?

Very impressive nature you have there:)