More bad news.
Viewers watching the falconcams this morning began to wonder if C3 was dead because he’d been unresponsive for many, many hours.
By 9:48am when Hope brought in food, it appears that C3 has been dead for a while.
Hope continues to shelter the dead chick along with C1.
In some peregrine couples, the mother shelters the dead chick until the father takes the body away. I am not sure what this couple will do.
(photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)
p.s. Some of you have said this confirms your worry that C3 was not being fed enough. Those of us who have watched peregrines for many years went back thorough the footage and confirmed that C3 was fed as much as C1 (i.e. his parents offered him food) but he would not eat as much. He exhibited something we call “failure to thrive.”