Greedy attended all day except for a half an hour to eat. Felicity is still away.
I am going to close the thread here. Tasks are piled high. I'll tell you when the last chick is out and about.
Thank you for your company and knowledge. I fervently wish that I were well enough to have done much more work on this project. I have learned a great deal, and my general observation skills have improved greatly.
I’ve been feeding and watching the emus in the clearing here for over four years, and have learned a lot . . . but in a rather sloppy way. That doesn’t concern me because I’ve been ill the whole time.
Having found a handful of people who delight in the antics of these ‘accidental pets’ of mine has made sharing a joy, and I have equally enjoyed hearing about your birds.
The Closing Questions
Here are The Questions, and if I am here on the first day of Spring next year, I shall post a single concise report for you:
will Felicity Emu mate next year? Why would an apparently healthy bird remain a spinster? Did Eric sit this season? Will Greedy regain her alpha status?
I would like to thank the cast of the ‘Mating-Season in Australia’ thread:
Boy Emu’s chicks
Brumbies at Stinky Creek
Gorgeous Sandy-Coloured Chick at Stinky Creek
Mr and Mrs. Eric the Emu
The North-East Female
Other Boy Emu
Peter Parent Emu
Peter Parent Emu’s chicks
The South-West Female
Unknown Male (Ring-In’s dad)