Apr 26 2009

Peregrine eggs hatched overnight at Pitt

Published by at 6:27 am under Peregrines

New peregrine chicks at Univ of Pittsburgh nest (photo from National Aviary webcam)

At least two of Dorothy and E2's four eggs have hatched at the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning.

I checked the webcam just before dawn (that's why this picture is dark) and saw three eggshell pieces.  Then Dorothy moved and I could see one, maybe two, chicks. 

The Big Sit is over.  Now the fun begins!

And in case you didn't see it, the Saturday Post-Gazette covered Tasha & Louie's first hatch in: "First falcon of spring hatches atop Gulf Tower"

(photo from the National Aviary webcam at University of Pittsburgh)

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14 Responses to “Peregrine eggs hatched overnight at Pitt”

  1. Tracion 26 Apr 2009 at 7:38 am

    I feel like a posting fool! but I’m just seeing the two of them now! I had only seen the shells before!

    Oh – this is just beautiful! I just got a picture of both parents, the two chicks, and the eggs! I wish I knew how to post it – but I’m sure there will tons coming in from now on!! I am SO incredibly grateful for this webcam!! I have NEVER seen anything as powerful as what I am seeing.

    It’s more intimate and real for me than watching the Eagles hatch, because I have actually seen these birds flying over the Cathedral, one day a month back when I took my child to the Museaum.

    I need to make a donation to help keep the webcams going!! Just unbelievable.

  2. Tracion 26 Apr 2009 at 7:59 am

    I just actually saw the THIRD hatch!!! In REAL TIME!! Snapping webcam shots the whole time!!

    I’m like a kid again over this!! I wish I knew how to add pictures – because it was AWESOME!! I’d be speechless if I wasn’t so full of words!! !!

  3. MJEDon 26 Apr 2009 at 12:53 pm

    At 12:49PM–Dorothy is off the nest and it looks like there are 3 chicks!! Did anyone capture a picture?

  4. Nancyon 26 Apr 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Traci, that’s wonderful!

    I had wondered if the eggs were hatching yesterday when I saw this. Could that tiny white spot be the first pipping? If so, we definitely have a time on the start of the hatch. ♥

  5. Kate St. Johnon 26 Apr 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I think the tiny white spot was a pipping (the mark/hole on the shell made by the baby bird as it pecks from the inside). Knowing that there was a pip yesterday morning means it took the chicks about a day to break out of their shells. It must be very hard work – and in a confined space. Amazing!

  6. Jeanon 26 Apr 2009 at 6:58 pm

    About three o’clock I tuned in and was treated to a feeding. Definitely three chicks although one seemed to be getting the most attention. The smallest was a bit wobbly, understandably, but catching on.

  7. Joann Lordon 26 Apr 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I am looking at the Gulf Tower webcam & it looks like to me there are 3 complete eggs behind Tasha in the nest. I can’t tell until she leaves the nest but I’m wondering if she removed 3 eggs from the nest because she couldn’t hear anything coming from them? there are what looks like 3 eggs behind her in the nest & they don’t look like they have opened. I’m sorry I missed Dorothy’s big day but I did get to see Tasha’s first hatch so that was just awesome

  8. Joann Lordon 26 Apr 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Dorothy or E2 just left the nest & 3 of the 4 eggs have hatched. I was wondering how the chicks don’t suffocate with the falcon sitting on them?

  9. Kate St. Johnon 26 Apr 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Gulf Tower nest:
    It’s certainly hard to tell how many have hatched. I also see eggs in the background but can’t tell if they are shells or whole eggs. Tasha will move the shells away but it is probably too early for her to move unhatched eggs. She will keep the nestlings and eggs all together until brooding ends – approximately one week after hatching.

    >how the chicks don’t suffocate with the falcon sitting on them?
    The adults are careful to keep the chicks warm (or cool on a hot day like today!) but don’t actually sit down on them. They crouch over them with wings folded out and toes curled in so their talons are not near the chicks. It seems like an uncomfortable position but they must not mind it.

  10. Tracion 26 Apr 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I was just looking at the Cathedral nest and even though its dark – it seems that the fourth egg might be in remnants down to the right? Is it the norm for all the eggs to hatch or just three of four? The same with Tasha…how probable is it, that all her eggs would hatch?

    And do they lay eggs based on how their instincts deem food supply as available? Wouldn’t it be a struggle for the pair to feed 5 chicks? Even if food supply is abundant? If the birds struggled to feed all five, assuming they hatched, would the chicks be left by us to starve? By us, I mean the Conservancy people. I guess that would be nature taking its course…but it would be rather heartbreaking to watch.

  11. Kristenon 26 Apr 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Yay! Go babies, go!

  12. Tracion 27 Apr 2009 at 8:30 am

    In the light of day – I believe I was mistaken – there still appears to be a fourth egg!

  13. Georgiaon 05 May 2014 at 11:29 am

    I’ve been watching the nests for a while. I’m wondering if Dorthy and E2’s egg will hatch. If it doesn’t how do they handle that?

  14. Kate St. Johnon 05 May 2014 at 11:44 am

    Georgia, Dorothy & E2’s egg will never hatch. Eventually they’ll just ignore it

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