FEMALE INCUBATING GUARDS HER CLUTCH.


I always give the nesting birds warning when I approach–I speak softly or whistle my favorite Snow White tune, even tap lightly before opening.  When I open, like I did at this box, and she does not fly off the nest, I will NEVER force-flush her off just so I can count the eggs!   Look at her expression–determined and brave girl!  She is doing what comes naturally to her–even put her own life on the line (such as a predator attack which can end in tragedy) to protect her clutch.  Who am I to tell she has to leave?  I will close the box and leave her be to do her motherly care as she incubates her eggs.  I will try again next box visit.  Afternoons are good during incubation periods–she is more apt to leave the nest to take a break and find something to eat.

Periodically, I like to post these to show how steadfast incubating females are on their clutch. If she doesn't fly off during monitorings, best to leave her alone and come back another day.

Periodically, I like to post these to show how steadfast incubating females are on their clutch. If she doesn’t fly off during monitorings, best to leave her alone and come back another day.

 

4 comments on “FEMALE INCUBATING GUARDS HER CLUTCH.

  1. This is a great photo Chris! You timed it perfectly to get this kind of a shot of the Mama protecting her babies. Love it!

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  2. Hi Christine,
    The female stays on her nest because she trusts YOU.
    If she viewed you as a predator, she would flush from the nest in a split second. Easy to confirm. Next time, do NOT tap on the box, do NOT whistle your familiar friendly tune. Open the box door and reach in with your hand ABOVE the female (more of a threat than reaching in from below). She will flush. Many people will not offer a second (escape) hole on their boxes because they have been (incorrectly) advised that the female will, “put her own life on the line (such as a predator attack which can end in tragedy) to protect her clutch. “

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