25 April 2021
Just to show how wrong we humans can be … We saw a pip yesterday and expected the chick to hatch in 72 hours. Well, that pip was a lot older than we thought. The first chick hatched early this morning before 3:09am!
This morning I saw a discarded half shell next to Morela at 5:37am, above. A discarded shell is a sure sign that an egg has hatched. I looked back in time to find that hatch time. It took me a while because Morela had kept the half shell under her for more than two hours.
Here’s the earliest footage of the first chick — at least it’s the earliest I can find — Sunday 25 April 2021 at 3:09am. The chick hatched before this time but I don’t know when.
Here’s the first good look at the chick.
And here’s proof at 5:30am that there are still three eggs to go. One has a big pip!
Morela will eventually eat the eggshell. In this way mother birds regain the calcium they lost by laying eggs.
Watch Hatch Day at the Pitt peregrine nest on the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh.
UPDATES IN PICTURES — 10:42am to 5:16pm
2 chicks, 3 chicks, 4th egg underway + first & 2nd feeding of 3 chicks
(photo from the National Aviary falconcam at the University of Pittsburgh)