Raining Hatchlings 27 August 2001
Well, it’s not really raining hatchling, but I suspect you knew that was merely an eye-grabbing headline. Instead, recent downpours have loosen the soil and encouraged pipped critters to make a break for the marsh.
This morning I checked the sites along Indian Neck. Nest 048, which has been under observation since it was laid on 18 June, looked disturbed around the edges. When I excavated the chamber to determine whether anything was amiss, I found eight hatchlings waiting in their pipped shells to absorb their yolk sacs before burrowing to freedom.
Thirteen of her siblings had already emerged during overnight–early morning showers, leaving Hatchling 68 as the last one in clutch. Yet, she proved healthy and active enough to scramble for freedom into the developmental marsh of south Lieutenant Island at noon today along with several very special friends.