May 16, 2006
Princess recently completed yet another fruitless brooding cycle, staying on the nest about a week beyond the normal incubation period (two weeks), and now she's at it again. After we indulged her craving for bits of cotton to rebuild her nest last week, she has laid three good eggs. The last two times she laid eggs, one of them lacked enough calcium for a shell, and were in effect "miscarriages." This time we made sure that she had enough calcium, and fed her much broccoli, so all is well with this batch of eggs. George has been singing regularly, as healthy as ever. They have been enjoying a new treat for the past few weeks: the yellow flowers and buds of the cabbage-family plants that have been growing by our back patio. They go crazy over it.