Apr 20 2014

Peregrine Eggs Hatching On Easter

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Gulf Tower peregrines, first hatched egg, 20 April2014 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)

This morning I woke to a happy surprise. In the pre-dawn light there was an eggshell at the Gulf Tower peregrines' nest. The eggs have begun to hatch.

Below, Dori settles herself over the fluffy chick.  New little bird!

First chick at Gulf Tower, 2014 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)


Click here to watch the action on the Gulf Tower falconcam.  (The nest will be hard to see for about an hour after sunrise because the sun reflects off the dirty camera cover.  Don't despair. The view clears.)

Happy Easter!


(photos from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)

Update:  More photos as I get them.

Here she's in color at 6:33am before the sun gets in the way.
First hatchling, 20 April 2014 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)

20 April 2014, 6:49am, second egg has pip hole. The sun is starting to blur the scene.
Gulf Tower 2nd egg with pip visible at front (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Peregrine Eggs Hatching On Easter”

  1. Nellie Curranon 20 Apr 2014 at 7:09 am

    Great news! Easter chick for Dori. Can’t wait for the rest to emerge.

  2. Peteron 20 Apr 2014 at 7:11 am

    Looks like she finally moved the first piece of shell from under her at 3:50 and then got the other half about 2 minutes later. What an early bird!


  3. Jennieon 20 Apr 2014 at 8:14 am

    What wonderful news. Happy Easter!

  4. Michelle, Colorado Springs, COon 20 Apr 2014 at 11:32 am

    Yay for Dori and Louie family! Happy Easter! 🙂

  5. Peteron 20 Apr 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Louie got his turn on the new hatchling later on before Dori came back. http://youtu.be/mvxl5tvQ80g

  6. Anne Curtison 20 Apr 2014 at 1:50 pm

    WOW! And I actually thought I was the 1st to see! (Yeah; at NOON!)

    In the meantime, what’s up with Dorothy? She doesn’t seem to leave the box. At least, she’s there every time I chance to look. But she doesn’t seem interested in incubating. Does she think she still has more eggs to come? Not likely, from what you’ve written.


  7. Kate St. Johnon 20 Apr 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Anne, Dorothy isn’t incubating and won’t be laying another egg but this is the time of the year that she spends at the nest… so there she is.

  8. Nellie Curranon 20 Apr 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Second egg hatched about 30 min. ago.

  9. Suzanneon 20 Apr 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Does anyone know where E2 spends his days? I remember someone speculating that a roving female might decide to move in on this nest and this male, but so far that hasn’t happened. Too late in the breeding season, maybe??

  10. Kate St. Johnon 20 Apr 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Suzanne, E2 spends his days at the Cathedral of Learning or very close by. No roving female has been seen, at least as of last Friday.

  11. Suzanneon 21 Apr 2014 at 9:48 am

    TYVM, Kate.
    (Thank You Very Much)

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