OK, situation with the scops eggs is this.
Egg #1 is nearly at 60 hours and does not eem to be making any progress.
Egg #2 is at 48 hours and seems to be doing a bit better.
I have spoken to a lady called Jemima Parry-Jones who has hatched more bird of prey eggs than I have had hot dinners. I have done all this with bigger owl eggs but never with any so small so I thought I would ring and see what she would do.
Decision is this, I am going to feed the other birds then I am going to sit calmly and start helping #1 out of his shell. I will give him an air hole to start with in case his intake is restricted. If that doesn't get him going then I will start picking him out completely.
If the air hole goes ok with #1, and nothing else has happened with #2, I will do the same for that one.
Fingers crossed and wish us luck....now I now why they said these little guys were hard to rear!