On May 5, MIllie and Roy began incubation on a nest they sited on frozen marshland across our pond. Three days after they started nesting, a pair of intruder cranes landed on the west bog. Millie and Roy summarily and loudly routed the interlopers and chased them into the valley.
The video below shows some events over the 32 days as Millie and Roy rotated incubation shifts. During the day, they traded egg-warming duty every few hours. Millie usually took the longer night shift while Roy slept nearby.
The eggs are expected to take 30 days to hatch, but this year we saw no colt until June 6, 32 days after incubation had started. We suspect that the 2015 single colt, who we named "Arrow", was hatched from the second egg.
This is part 2 of Millie and Roy's 2915 nesting chronicle.
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