Eggs in a nest I disturbed?

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Eggs in a nest I disturbed?


I'm wondering if someone can help me identify  these. I was pruning the jasmine that has taken over my big gravillea. 

The eggs are still in the tree but no longer hidden deep within meters over bush.

Now only 2 meter up instead of 2.5. 

I have lots of wattlebirds, magpies, karrawongs the occasional kookaburra, king parrot and eastern rosella, occasional mudlark. Probably a few other smaller birds. 

They were probably  2-3 cm across. But it was pretty  hard to tell from sticking my phone over the edge to see what was in the nest.

Is it possible to tell what they are with this. Is the parent likely  to come back with the eggs now exposed.

Thanks for any info you can offer.

Lightuningbird's picture

The pitcher seems to have a green tinge (probably dew to the light shining the the leaves). So the eggs would be white with brown spots. Not Egg-spert but I would say there singing honeyeater eggs. 

If they are, I had the same problem. Was prooning a wattle bush as it got to big, and found there was a singing honeyeater nesting in it. The nest becocame fairly exposed, about half a meaner into the nest, and the honeyeaters still nestled in it. They had 2 hatchlings, which for a long time, had a funny call.

sadly the nest bush collapsed arfter the nesting season in strong winds. (Although, I dont thing they use the same nest every year).The honeyeaters nested in the bush next to it.

Wimmera mally region, Vic.

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I think these are the eggs of the Common Blackbird. Certainly the location of the nest is typical of this species. If it were on my place I'd be inclined to wait & see if Blackbirds attend the nest.

If it turns out to be a Blackbird nest then it would be helpful to eradicate the eggs in order to reduce the impact of this feral species & enhance the survival of native species, especially the Bassian Thrush. The Common Blackbird occupies the same ecological niche as & successfully competes with the Bassian Thrush.

The most successful method of eradication is to place the eggs in a plastic bag & place the bag in a freezer. After the eggs have frozen return them to the nest. This will help ensure that the parent Blackbirds don't build another nest & lay a fresh clutch of eggs as they are inclined to do if their original nest is destroyed.

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Agree with Woko, the nest and eggs look good for Common Blackbird, also agree with his sentiment.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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