We wanted to know what kinds of birds laid the eggs. In the first nest the kids had seen the mama bird, but since each of them described it differently, I had no idea what it was. Little Man took a picture of the eggs to show me. He tried to get a picture of the mama bird too, but he was not able to get a picture before she flew off. I went out there to try to see the bird myself, and when I saw it I realized I had no idea what kind of bird it was either! We looked in our bird book and at pictures of eggs online, but nothing seemed quite right. Then I was able to get a photo of the mama bird. Although the photo was not the best, you can clearly see the mother bird's black mask, with white underneath. With a picture to help aid our memories we went back to the bird book and discovered that our mama bird is a cedar waxwing. We Googled cedar waxwing eggs and it was a match! Mystery solved! And a we had a fun science lesson in the process!
- A male rabbit is called a buck. A female is called a doe. A baby is called a kit.
- We can now tell the difference between a male and a female rabbit, although we have also learned that it is very difficult to tell the difference between the sexes when they are young. (Even an experienced rabbit breeder can get it wrong when they try to tell the sex of a six week old bunny, as we found out the hard way when we bought our original two rabbits.)
- A rabbit's gestation period is thirty-one days.
- A rabbit pulls hair out of her chest to line her nest just before the babies are born.
- Rabbits have very sharp claws and can scratch you.
- Baby bunnies grow and change really quickly!
- The kit's eyes open when they are around ten days old.
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