Apr 29 2008

Soon….

Published by at 4:30 pm under Nesting & Courtship,Peregrines

Peregrine falcons, Dorothy and E2, at their nest at University of Pittsburgh, April 29, 2008I believe the peregrine falcon eggs will hatch soon at Pitt. Compared to last week, Dorothy is spending more time incubating than E2. In this picture she seems to be telling him, “Get up! It’s my turn.” She has years of experience hatching eggs while this may be his first year as a dad.

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Peregrine eggs at Pitt - perhaps with pip marks, April 29, 2008And maybe – just maybe – the photo at right shows some pips (dents) in the eggs. If so, the chicks are starting the exhausting job of breaking the shells.

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7 responses so far

7 Responses to “Soon….”

  1. Amy Fon 30 Apr 2008 at 8:00 am

    No sign of chick yet, but we have a piece of shell. (Watching the webcam is addictive!)

  2. Kathy McCharenon 30 Apr 2008 at 8:03 am

    I just checked the Pitt webcam and I think there’s a small piece of shell next to Dorothy…

  3. Libby Strizzion 30 Apr 2008 at 8:37 am

    Wednesday morning about 8:20, I spot a white piece of something near Dorothy’s head. Could that be a broken piece of egg?

  4. Shannon Platton 30 Apr 2008 at 8:44 am

    I saw the eggshell as well. I think she ate it because it’s gone. She’s squirming a lot which makes me think “BABY!”

  5. Shannon Platton 30 Apr 2008 at 9:15 am

    9:15am I spotted the chick!!! I got a really bad screen capture, too. :)

  6. Nancy Jandaon 30 Apr 2008 at 9:18 am

    9:14 am — I saw the chick as Dorothy and E2 were fussing over it!

    Unfortunately I did not have the presence of mind to “printscreen” or go to the 15-second refresh cam, but I saw it….

  7. Amy Fon 30 Apr 2008 at 9:26 am

    Daddy checking out the shell – he fussed around Dorothy for a bit as if trying to see underneath her, and then…

    she let him (and us!) see.

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