|Roots growing right through the egg|
We've gotten some initial DNA results on the mother who laid this nest on June 18; she laid her first nest on North Myrtle Beach (their Nest 3) at 11th Avenue S. She laid 139 eggs on NMB and 137 on Waties.
Then on to Nest #11: Slightly better outcome here - 36 hatched egg shells, 22 unhatched and only 2 dead hatchlings.
|Reburying the nest contents|
|Karen sorting the egg shells|
This mother laid her first nest on NMB on 5/13, their first nest of the season with 109 eggs.
Then she laid her second nest on Waties on 5/29, our Nest #1, with 100 eggs.
Her third nest was again on Waties on 6/11, our Nest #4, with 96 eggs.
This nest represents her fourth of the season, our Nest #11, with 58 eggs.
She may have laid more nests during the season and future DNA results will give us the answers.
Barb and Steve