24 April 2021
Morela was restless overnight at the Cathedral of Learning peregrine nest and her mate Ecco could not sit still this morning. The reason became obvious in the 10 o’clock hour. Their eggs are beginning to hatch!
It takes up to 72 hours for the chick to hammer his way out of the egg so it will be approximately Tuesday 27 April when this baby bird emerges.
Tune in to the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh to watch the live action.
Grab snapshots from both cameras at this link: CL Snapshots.
Read more about hatching at: How Do They Hatch?
p.s. When “Hope” was the resident female peregrine at the Cathedral of Learning I used to warn folks not to watch the hatching because “Hope” had a very aberrant behavior: she killed and ate some of her chicks as they emerged.
I believe Morela and Ecco are quite normal so (unless they prove otherwise) this will be a happy hatching and it’s safe to watch the camera.
(photo from the National Aviary falconcam at the University of Pittsburgh)