The peregrine eggs at the Cathedral of Learning nest are due to hatch at the end of this week, but here’s a word of caution: You might not want to watch.
My calculation says that hatch day for Hope and Terzo’s eggs will be this Friday April 13 or Saturday April 14.
However, it probably won’t be a happy event. Hope has a habit of killing and eating some of her chicks just after they pip. Her behavior is very rare and upsets nearly everyone who sees it.
We don’t know why she does this and we don’t know if she’ll repeat it this year but my word to the wise is this:
Caution! Don’t watch the eggs hatch at the Cathedral of Learning if it upsets you to see a mother kill her young.
Hope has a history. We hope she won’t repeat it this year.
p.s. After hatching is over, Hope becomes a good mother. She fledged 1 youngster in 2016 and 3 in 2017.
(snapshot from 24 April 2017 from the National Aviary falconcam at University of Pittsburgh)