Apr 23 2009
I haven’t seen it yet but I heard from Ann Hohn at Make-A-Wish, whose offices are on the same floor as the nest box, that the chicks have begun to hatch at the Gulf Tower peregrine falcon nest. We aren’t sure when hatching began because Tasha has been clamped down on the nest so tightly. Can you capture a picture of the babies? (Use Save Image on this still-image page.)
UPDATE #1: The first egg hatched yesterday, April 22, at 6:00am – possibly before dawn. I captured a picture of Tasha sitting tight on the nest at 3:26pm and put it on my last blog saying how impatient I was for the eggs to hatch. And there she was, brooding a chick, as I wrote the blog. Silly me!
UPDATE #2: Well now we are really wondering. By late afternoon today (Thursday) Tasha had twice exchanged incubation duties and exposed the nest and twice several observers saw five eggs, no chicks. This is puzzling. Those who saw a possible chick yesterday – and there were several people who saw it – are wondering what it was. It’s hard to say what’s going on but I guess we’re still waiting.