Apr 21 2014
Yesterday during a 12 hour period three of five eggs hatched at the Gulf Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Mother peregrine, Dori, was so protective that the nestlings did not get their first feeding until 6:15pm. Above, Louie and Dori bow near the three nestlings. The first feeding is about to begin.
Click on the photo above to watch a slideshow of yesterday’s highlights. The nestlings are at the very cutest stage right now.
- First hatchling with a pipped egg
- Second wet hatchling at 1:47pm
- Third wet hatchling at 2:39pm
- Dori feeds the chicks 6:21pm to 6:31pm
- Louie tries to feed them but they are too full and sleepy. Only one raises his head.
- Within five minutes, Dori returns. She tries to feed them again.
- Dori watches them sleep for a moment (with her back to us) then settles on them to brood.
Watch the falconcam to see when the other eggs hatch.
(photos from the National Aviary falconcam at the Gulf Tower)
p.s. 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.