Note the “Caution” at the end of this article.
Yesterday, 13 April 2018, sharp observers saw the first pip in an egg at the Cathedral of Learning peregrine nest. I still haven’t seen it, but I’m told it’s in this picture.
This day-in-a-minute video (12 hours in 1 minute) shows that Hope and Terzo were especially active yesterday, partly due to the unusually hot weather. It was 80 degrees in the shade and hotter at the nest so it was safe to leave the eggs for a bit.
I don’t recommend watching these eggs hatch on camera. In past years Hope has killed and eaten one or more chicks as they hatch (read more here), so …
Caution! Don’t watch the eggs hatch at the Cathedral of Learning if it upsets you to see a mother kill her young.
It will be safe to watch after hatching is done. Meanwhile, I’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE on SATURDAY APRIL 15, 4:00pm: I still can’t see a pip — and neither does Pitt Peregrines on Facebook. As of this writing there is still no hatching. We’ll just have to wait…
(photos and video from the National Aviary falconcam at University of Pittsburgh)