May 09 2010

Happy Mothers’ Day

Published by at 6:21 pm under Peregrines

Today there was excitement at the Gulf Tower peregrine nest when two of the five eggs hatched and made the new resident female, Dori, a first-time mother.

Here are some "baby" pictures captured from the webcam by Traci Darin and Marianne Atkinson.

Happy Mother's Day to Dori!

The first egg hatched around 7:52am.


Dori offers food at 4:00pm, wondering if the first chick is hungry.


The second egg hatched at 7:07pm.


I was out today, birding since dawn and far from a computer, so I missed the excitement.  Thanks to so many of you for letting me know about the hatchings!

There are three more eggs to go.  Will they all hatch?  We aren't sure because two of the remaining eggs were laid weeks earlier by the previous female peregrine, Tasha.

Watch the National Aviary webcam to see.

(photos from the National Aviary webcam at the Gulf Tower.  Thanks to Marianne Atkinson and Traci Darin for sending the screen captures.)

14 responses so far

14 Responses to “Happy Mothers’ Day”

  1. AJon 09 May 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Second egg hatching 6:59PM

  2. Anita B.on 09 May 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day Dori. Saw your first chick at 10:46 AM — so Precious. I was thrilled to tears!

  3. Joannon 09 May 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to Dorie! I went to the website around 7:30 this evening & she was eating part of the eggshell & then I saw a chick in the other half of the shell. Dorie then kind of pushed it under her but I couldn’t tell if it was dead or alive she moved so fast.

  4. deniseon 09 May 2010 at 8:07 pm

    two eggs hatched at gulf building. I watched the second chick hatch and the adult eat the shell. Feathers were dry in about an hour. Very fun to watch.

  5. Lucieon 10 May 2010 at 7:15 am

    Great pictures! I missed the hatching of the second egg by about 10 minutes. I am so glad you were able to get the pictures. This site and your updates are so informative. Thanks!

  6. Joannon 10 May 2010 at 9:34 am

    I’m seeing another broken egg-did the 3rd egg hatch this morning?

  7. Jennieon 10 May 2010 at 10:38 am

    Watching Dori pick at the egg holding chick #2 made us all a little nervous until we realized she was helping the chick out. I didn’t know they helped crack the egg. What a great learning experience!

  8. Robinon 10 May 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Is one of the chicks at the Cathedral sick or dead? It’s hiding in the corner not moving, I just saw E2 poke at it for a while with no response.

  9. Jon 10 May 2010 at 2:20 pm

    How can you tell which eggs are Dori’s and which eggs are Tasha’s?

  10. Kate St. Johnon 10 May 2010 at 2:37 pm

    The third egg hatched today and, no, we can’t tell which eggs are Dori’s and which were Tasha’s.

  11. Marianneon 10 May 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Dori is doing a great job as a first-time mom! It is so exciting to watch Peregrine eggs hatch in real time!

  12. Nellie Curranon 10 May 2010 at 7:13 pm

    7:10 pm just saw another chick coming out of the egg with Dori’s help. Could thet be no. 4?

  13. Jennieon 10 May 2010 at 7:53 pm

    And now we might have four at the Gulf Tower.

  14. Joannon 11 May 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I’m looking at Dori at 5:24 PM today & I’m seeing her trying to help the last chick out of the shell so it looks like all 5 have hatched.

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