Scrubwren update - young hatched

Subject: Scrubwren update - young hatched
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 09:35:13 +1000
For those following the progress of the White-browed Scrubwrens nesting in my jasmine.... In my previous posting on Wednesday 22nd I mentioned that the egg(s) were due to hatch any day. Late on Friday afternoon (24/9/04), I saw the female carry something into the nest. She remained inside.

I was then away from home for a few days and on my return yesterday, I found feeding of young in progress. Male and female are bringing insects and I can hear an amazing variety of soft, high-pitched feeding sounds coming from the nest. However at this stage, feeding doesn't seem to be particularly frequent with gaps of 20-30 minutes with no sight or sound of the birds.

Ricki Coughlan brought to my attention that scrubwrens can be co-operative breeders and indeed, I have noticed a third bird hanging around with the breeding pair since the young have hatched. I'm pretty sure this bird played no part in the building or incubation stages and remained unseen during those times. It also reminds me that I was seeing three birds in the garden before nest building commenced. So far, it's been difficult to tell if this bird has been participating in feeding of the nestling(s) - they are all still remarkably secretive.

Ricki, if you happen to read this, I've been trying to reply to your email but keep getting "undeliverable" messages. If anyone is in contact with Ricki can you please pass this info on. Thanks.


Carol Probets
Blue Mountains NSW

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