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Last week I wrote a bit about the Bananaquit. It is as if our resident birds were aware of that, because they offered me the opportunity to complete the story, visually. Just check out the video fragment below.
Just some loose wires sticking out from the ceiling of a small hallway we never use were selected to attach the cradle for the next generation to. After frantic building activity by the male (and critical evaluation by the female) the eggs were laid and these hatched a few days ago. Both parents are involved in gathering food, which is a monumental chore. Uncountable times per day they fly off and on with the necessary mix of nutrients, already pre-digested. After having fed the hatchlings they always wait a while to see if one of them has some poo to get rid of. The parents always remove the excrements and discard them far away from the nest, in order not to give the position of the nest away (poo on the floor is like an advertising sign). The youngsters pre-package everything in a convenient package so transportation is easy.
The efforts of this couple might turn out pretty successful. All three hatchlings are still alive and already developing feathers. This is not always the case. Especially the Trupial (Icterus icterus) is a dangerous raider of Bananaquit nests. Eggs are a welcome snack for these opportunists, but even the chicks will be devoured, if they succeed in locating an inhabited nest.