It’s always wonderful to be in the bush at a this time of year as there is an abundance of new life everywhere you look.
I don’t even have to go far at all as I have new life quite literally just outside my window.
A pair of Bearded Scrub Robins have returned for the second year in a row and have built a nest in the electricity box on the veranda outside my room. After seeing the adults fly in and out of the box a few times I managed to sneak a quick look into the nest and was very happy to see that there were three eggs.
I had to contain my excitement and stop myself from checking the nest everyday for fear of scaring the female off as she is the one who incubates the eggs, so I decided to wait 11 days and check again as that is the average incubation period. After about that time (I did lose track of the days) I popped my head in to have a quick look and saw that all three eggs were still there. The very next day I saw that they had hatched. They were naked with dark pinkish skin and eyes closed which is typical of altricial chicks (meaning that they are incapable of moving around on their own soon after hatching, so they are fully dependent on their parents for food, heat and protection).
It has been wonderful to witness this process, from the beginning when I first started seeing the adults flying in and out of the electricity box, to seeing the sweet little chicks and now watching how the adults are constantly busy flying back and forth with insects to feed their young.
Having already lost one chick to an unknown cause, I really do hope that the remaining two survive as it would be lovely to see them learning to master the art of flight one day soon…