The Gulf Tower peregrines have really surprised me. With all the drama that occurred in late March and early April — when Tasha laid two eggs, then Dori took over the nest site and laid three more — I really expected the eggs would hatch days apart and that only Dori’s would be viable.
Instead, yesterday two more of the five eggs hatched, so that all four hatched within 48 hours.
There are now four peregrine chicks at Gulf Tower.
At least one of the chicks came from an egg laid by Tasha (who hasn’t been seen since March 20). Dori will raise all of them as her own. It’s unlikely she can tell the difference.
Here are some “baby” pictures from today and yesterday. My thanks go to Jennie Barker, Traci Darin and Marianne Atkinson for capturing most of these images. (I captured the feeding this morning.)
The 3rd egg hatched on Monday, May 10 around 9:00am. In the photo above, the baby bird is raising its leg and wing out of the shell.
Above, the fourth egg shows a pip hole and the beginnings of the circumference crack.
Dori helps the fourth chick out of its shell, May 10, around 7:15pm.
This morning Dori feeds four chicks at 7:15am.
Will the fifth egg hatch? Watch the Gulf Tower webcam to see.
p.s. Dori & Louie are TV celebrities! They were featured on this morning’s WTAE news and in a followup article here. Check the comments below for even more links.
(All photos from the National Aviary webcam at the Gulf Tower)