I gently check the nest for hatching, every couple days.
I forgot over the weekend.
Looks like I missed the big day.
The two chicks are at least 2 days old, as they have some downy feathers. I'm guessing the third egg will not be hatching. At some point, the momma mockingbird will kick the egg out of the nest.
That bit of stuff next to them that looks like snake skin, is actually the webbing that covers those expandable soil wafers things that come in seed starting kits.
I have seen birds nests with quite the collection of snake skin, though.
We actually got about an inch of rain a few days ago (first since October, I'm not kidding). I was worried that this little nest would be no more, as it happens to be right in the place in a bush where the water funs off the roof. I'm guessing momma bird sat tight and took the brunt of the water rushing down on her.