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Old 03-22-2018, 12:33 PM   #39
Undertoad
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Yeah,

This nest is now officially a failure

What happened is the female did not return at all, which suggests that she might have been injured in the attacks. The male incubated for a while on his own, but without the female, it won't work... he has to leave regularly to hunt. Yesterday he left for an hour and that was that. Snow covered the eggs, and they are done for.

The birb you are seeing there is the attacker lady birb. But sometimes the male seems to return instinctively from time to time, just to see if his woman has come back. Apparently, even if he does take up with the homewrecker, which may happen - It's too late in the season to start over with new eggs.
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