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Carolina Wren Eggs
24-JUL-2008

Carolina Wren Eggs

I had to hold the foliage away from the nest opening in order to take this shot one-handed (with flash obviously) The plant is a thai basil and as you can see in the previous image I had chopped off a bunch to use for cooking. It is extremely hot on my deck and this pot is watered every morning. I didn't give it a full drink and sprinkled with a gentle flow away from the nest. I don't want to soak the poor things.

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Guest 30-Jul-2008 01:57
Neat! Try to avoid taking pictures of the young when they hatch. Disturbing the nest after they hatch often causes the parent to harm the chicks or force them to leave the nest before they are ready to fledge.
Rachel Pennington27-Jul-2008 03:38
I think you're going to have to sacrifice your basil. ;)
Jeannie26-Jul-2008 17:56
How wonderful!
Isabel Cutler25-Jul-2008 19:48
According to the Cornell bird website: 18.2-19.8 mm in size.
Isabel
Guest 25-Jul-2008 18:45
That happens to one hanging plant I have quite often. They look like pretty big eggs!
Peeka25-Jul-2008 15:00
Wow! I think Id continue to water as usual just being careful now that you know theres a nest in there!
Judith Barnett25-Jul-2008 14:10
Very pretty eggs! I don't see why you can't just keep on watering gently while the nest is occupied.