Gray Catbird Nest: Incubation


After laying 1-6 (usually 4) eggs, the female Gray Catbird broods her young for the first few days.
This indicates that the male might give the female a break from incubation as he broods the eggs for the remaining time. The incubation period lasts 12-15 days.
I have been watching the male and female and taking pictures along the way.
With the aid of the following two photos, you can see that both the male and the female are involved in brooding or incubating the eggs.
One parent facing away from me:

Parent 1


The other very watchful parent staring directly at me:

Parent 2


– Craig Curtis

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