Watch For Hatching Late Next Week

Ecco incubating four eggs at the Cathedral of Learning, 13 April 2021 (photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

15 April 2021

Incubation began three and a half weeks ago at the Cathedral of Learning peregrine nest. During the day Morela and Ecco take turns every one to six hours.

Ecco arrives to incubate before nightfall (photo from the National Aviary snapshot camera at Univ of Pittsburgh)

Because peregrines delay incubation until the clutch is almost complete, nearly all the eggs will hatch on the same day. We humans predict Hatch Day will be between 20 to 26 April. My calculation is on the late end of that spectrum (here).

The peregrines know when Hatch Day is coming because they can hear the chicks inside the eggs. As hatching approaches, Ecco will spend less time on the eggs and Morela will take over.

Our first visual indication will be a pip, shown here in 2013. The chick will emerge in about 72 hours.

How can you tell if an egg has hatched while Morela is completely covering the eggs? Look for a discarded half eggshell away from the scrape, shown here in 2013.

Watch for Hatch Day late next week on the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh.

(photos from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)

2 thoughts on “Watch For Hatching Late Next Week

  1. Yay! This new couple seem so attentive to each other and their eggs. I can’t wait to see those little ones grow and eventually fledge.

  2. The site for watching the pair is very dull. Did they not have an active site last year with dialog…maybe Iam confusing the explore site that I watch other falcon nests…

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