Stephen on his branch

The potential proud Papa

So we’re back to having spring-like weather. It’s been in the 50s and most of the snow is gone. Gwen and Stephen have started honking at each other, which is their version of stickswhispering sweet nothings over a candlelight dinner. So I put in the first batch of sticks for nest building purposes.

American crows breed early: nesting generally happens in March. Our lovebirds have bred in May in the last two years. I don’t know if that’s a function of long cold springs or whether that’s just what they want to do. And last spring they were developing capillaria, which has a negative impact on breeding and may explain why Crow 2.0 was their only chick in 2015. I’m hoping, however, that if the mild weather continues, they might get the breeding show on the road a little earlier than in previous years.

Gwen staring

Don’t mess with this Mama