...I'm guessing this hen is probably sitting on eggs that are not fertile. It is very late in the year for an AMWO hen to have an active nest; especially given that most chicks in VT probably fledge during May - June and should be totally independent by mid-late July. AMWO hens have been documented incubating infertile eggs for 38 days or so. If the eggs were fertile they would hatch after about 20 days.
However, this is a very cool find. It would be interesting to see how long she stays on the nest. Hope all is well. Take care,
From: Kim Likakis <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2012 4:23 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Woodcock
Kevin, are you talking about the landfill on Houghton Road?
> At the Bennington Dump, still sitting. When flushed, all 3 eggs still there. Kevin