16 May 2020:
At 2:15pm today Morela laid a second egg at the Cathedral of Learning peregrine nest. It’s been a week since she laid the first egg on 9 May so this is quite surprising. Peregrine falcons normally lay eggs about 2-3 days apart.
This five minute video captures the moment she laid the second egg, though it’s hard to see it.
Soon, Morela appeared to start incubation. She deepened the scrape, positioned herself over the eggs and jogged her body so her belly feathers could fall away from her brood patch. Then she laid flat on the eggs.
This activity was short lived, however. By 4:15pm she had left the nest.
Who knows what will happen next. If she incubates the eggs will a male assist her? And if so, will it be Terzo or Ecco?
(photos and videos from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ. of Pittsburgh)