25 February 2014

Since Jasper's and Bea's arrival February 10 and 17, respectively, the pair has been doing a bit of housekeeping bringing in nesting material. So far the nest looks a bit in disarray, though the holes are quickly being patched. 

With better weather since Bea’s arrival Jasper has been presenting her with a daily variety of fish, strengthening and reaffirming their bond. The pair is settling in nicely and has mated often. 

Last year Bea laid eggs March 13th, 16th, and 19th. The previous two seasons she laid eggs from March 24th through the 31st. Bea is now spending more time on the platform arranging sticks and Spanish moss. Of course today she found herself a pine cone, which she quite enjoys nibbling. So maybe in a few weeks we could see the beginning of their 2014 family.

12 comments:

birdgirl said...

Nice bowl developing in the nest this morning with lots of sticks around the edges. Don't forget your goal here Bea and Jasper -- Bring on the eggs!

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the update on eggs -2013-
Pine cones ♥

Beth/Oh

carol mullins said...

Agree with birdgirl. I think Bea is getting ready to lay her eggs. Really nice job on the bowl last couple of days and the whole nest I think is the best one yet for these two.

carol mullins said...

Intruder on the nest???? What's going on?

moderator said...

We have an "intruder" attempting to land on the nest. Jasper and Bea are defending the nest. Jasper is giving chase.

birdgirl said...

I didn't get to see the intruder yesterday afternoon, but this morning Bea and Jasper seem to be standing guard. They are standing in the middle of the nest and their heads are turning left and right in unison.They are so intense on watching something that they aren't paying any attention to two crows sitting on the edge of the nest.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Hi
When did the pair arrive last year?

Good to see them both back again to start their new family :-)

Thanks for this site!!

moderator said...

Bea and Jasper arrived mid January last year.

carol mullins said...

Bea is spending lots of time on the nest. Could she be getting ready to drop an egg?????

moderator said...

Hey Carol,

Bea still seems a bit active. In the past when she has laid the first egg she appears less concerned with what is going on around her and stares down at the nest. We haven't noticed any of that past behavior yet.

birdgirl said...

I see the precious pinecone is at the ready for Bea when she's needing something to do in her spare time! Not a bird on the nest this afternoon, but I know they are closeby--probably getting more sticks to build up the edges. They are looking a little unorganized!

Vivian

Anonymous said...

We have a egg!!!

Beth/Oh