Brood 2 for 2008...there were 5 eggs - but 4 chicks. There is a mealworm shortage due to some sort of parasite, but as soon as I found out, I ordered 40 cases of dried ones for the store, so they are still getting plenty. They are so fat and full, they don't even open their mouths when you open the box -
OK, bird girl, this isn't going to make you real happy, but I couldn't resist. The red-bellied WP worked so hard last fall making this cavity, then the starlings stole it. Fortunately there haven't been too many of them, but this morning when the parents were trying to coax this baby out of the nest, about a dozen "relatives" came and sat around on the nearby branches and chattered and whistled and sang....looked for all the world like the hospital waiting room!