Eastern/Crimson Update.

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Subject: Eastern/Crimson Update.
From: "Marlene Lyell" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001 08:16:01 +1100
Hi all,
        Update on my posting on 13/11/00.  We were left with one Eastern/Crimson in the northern box plus 3 Easterns hatched with 3 eggs remaining in the southern box.
The northern chick fledged within 2 days which meant 100% success rate with the 8 eggs.
Another 2 eggs hatched in the southern box and all 5 chicks fledged. 1 egg failed.
        On 22/11/00 another 2 eggs had been laid by the Eastern/Crimson pair and 7 were in the northern box when we checked it on the 2/12/00.  I thought the adults would be off looking after the first clutch!!
         16/12/00  3 white downy chicks in the nest.  As we only check the box periodically, this appeared to be too early.  Unfortunately the following day 2 chicks were dead and the third was on it's back. This clutch was in trouble. 
          End result was all 3 chicks died with 4 eggs infertile!  From 100% success to 100% failure. What went wrong?
          Did she lay too soon after the first clutch?
          The male Crimson didn't appear to be around as much as usual.  Was he off tending the first clutch and neglected the sitting female Eastern?
           I'll never know the answers. 
           The southern box remained "open for inspection" with Crimsons coming in daily to inspect, but no takers..
           Both boxes have now been cleaned out, then filled with new shavings to about a depth of 4inches (or 100mm for the younger generation).
           Story to be continued in the spring of '01.  
           Happy birding to all
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