By yesterday afternoon, observers watching the Gulf Tower webcam wondered if any eggs had actually hatched. Twice they'd seen Tasha and Louie trade places and each time they saw all eggs, no chicks. The situation got so confusing that I put off making another announcement. It was too embarrassing to keep changing the news.
Somewhere in the back of my mind was a voice that said, "There's another way tell if the eggs have hatched besides watching for white fluff on the camera." Duh! We can use the old-fashioned bird watching technique. If there are babies at the nest, the parents feed them. We've seen none of that activity.
As I sat down to write this message I checked the webcam. There was just enough light to see Louie standing in front of Tasha, probably asking if the eggs had hatched overnight. She stood up to show him but his body blocked the camera view. After he left I got lucky. Tasha left too and I was able to capture this picture.
No babies yet. Louie didn't bring food. Tasha didn't feed chicks.
And so we wait.
(photo from the National Aviary webcam at the Gulf Tower in downtown Pittsburgh)
p.s. Tasha has one white feather on her left wing. You'll see it when she faces left.