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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 9:48 am

And away.

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 10:34 am

7:21 Virsis brings pine branch.

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 10:57 am

Virsis settles in the nest

7:41 Spilve is sqeaking nearby. Virsis flies of and they mate :shake:

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 12:41 pm

10:26 Virsis comes to the nest with a stick.

10:56 flies off. A bit later mating sounds again. Good sign!

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 2:01 pm

13:16 Spilve. She lays dow for a while.

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 2:21 pm

13;48 She gets up and is a bit restless. A few times she stands still for several seconds.
Then Virsis starts calling in the distance. She replies softly.

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 2:23 pm

13:52 Virsis arrives with a stick.
Spilve puts her head under his wing

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 2:40 pm

13:53 They stand close together for a while. Spilve is calling very softly and bites Virsis. Virsis seems relaxed and yawns several times.
He even bites Spilve gently on the head twice :shake:
Quite an intimate moment.

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 2:43 pm

I think today is the day. But I could be wrong of course, she tricked us twice before.. :unsure:
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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 2:47 pm

14:00 Virsis flies to the branch. I don't know when he flew away.

14:45 Spilve flies to the branch

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She flies away two minutes later.
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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 4:43 pm

16:33
Yesss! An EGG!

:headroll:

You could see she was in labour and had to push several times.

Hopefully someone can make a video.

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 5:21 pm

She turns the egg several times and turns and turns herself for almost 7 minutes before she finally sits down on the egg..but not all the way yet.
I guess the egg is still soft for some time.

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Post by Liz01 » March 28th, 2020, 5:36 pm

Marfo, thank you very much for reporting and pictures. :2thumbsup:

an egg :loveshower: what a great day! congrats to Virsis, Spilve and Latvia :headroll:

I do a video. It will take a while...

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Post by Tatyana » March 28th, 2020, 5:38 pm

Hooray!!! :loveshower:

17:09 Spilve turns the egg!

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 5:41 pm

17:21 Virsis is nearby. Both call. Hopefully Virsis comes to the nest soon. It will be great to see his reaction :nod:

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Post by Tatyana » March 28th, 2020, 5:48 pm

Now the egg will appear!


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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 5:53 pm

This is an image we are going to see for a loooong time.
40 (?) days till the egg hatches.

I'm curious how many times Virsis will demand to sit on the egg :laugh: He is so used to lying on the nest..

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 5:58 pm

Tatyana wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Now the egg will appear!
Thank you for the video, Tatyana :thumbs:
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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 6:05 pm

The egg laying took all in all 3 minutes. The contractions started at 16:30. She pooped twice in the beginning which is not surprising. I haven't seen a bird in labour like this before.

17:41 Turning the egg again.

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Post by Marfo » March 28th, 2020, 6:32 pm

Spilve is tired. Not surprising. Her first egg!
And we had to wait for more than 3 years :nod: :faint:

Maybe this is the first time this is recorded?

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