All systems appear to be up and running for Chick Season 2018. The only one who is not with the program is Gwen. She is spending time in the nest area buffing her nails, writing the Great American Novel or learning Sanskrit — anything but actually producing an egg. A watched bird never lays, I suppose. In the meantime, here is an update on the preparations of the past few days.

Here’s a video of the great straw grab. You can see Mr. Crowbert grab a bunch and head toward the nest. The second he takes off, Gwen appears to gather up another load.

Here are two shots of Gwen and Stephen checking out the finished product. Let’s hope we’ll hear the pitter-pat of little talons by the end of the month.