Apr 21 2010

Happy Hatch Day!

Published by at 11:46 pm under Peregrines


The peregrine eggs at the University of Pittsburgh began hatching tonight. 

Here is Dorothy and E2′s first chick, just hatched at 11:20pm, in a nighttime snapshot illuminated by infrared light.

The chick has flapped and moved its wing as Dorothy bends over it (red arrow).  Its head is resting on the eggshell.  We could even hear it peeping on the webcam. 

See more pictures below.  Watch the webcam here.

Happy Hatch Day!

 <= Dorothy looks down at the chick still inside the egg shell.


April 22, 11:18am, Dorothy feeds her first chick of 2010. Notice the pip holes in two of the other eggs. The pip hole in one of them is facing away a little.


April 22, 11:57am. Two peregrine chicks have just hatched.  Dorothy allows them to dry.


April 22, 3:06pm. Dorothy feeds four hungry babies. Only one egg is left to hatch.

(photos from the National Aviary webcam at University of Pittsburgh)

39 responses so far

39 Responses to “Happy Hatch Day!”

  1. Jon 21 Apr 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Awesome, now things will start getting interesting again after 5 weeks of sitting. Just checked the camera a minute ago and saw the shell laying next to Dorothy’s wing.

  2. Kristenon 22 Apr 2010 at 12:02 am

    Go, little birdies, go!

  3. Donnaon 22 Apr 2010 at 12:07 am

    Congratulations Dorothy & E2!

  4. faith Cornellon 22 Apr 2010 at 1:57 am

    Alot of nites I don’t sleep so well; good to be excited. Dorothy looks so frazzled . They are such good parents. Such a wonderful sharing we all do. Faith.

  5. Kim Steiningeron 22 Apr 2010 at 5:58 am

    How exciting!!! :)

  6. Marianneon 22 Apr 2010 at 6:50 am

    Dorothy and E2 were SO restless yesterday afternoon and evening. Dorothy was making strange, soft little sounds. It seemed like the time was getting closer. I just couldn’t stay awake to watch any longer.

    A big congrats to the new parents! Their world just got a lot busier!

  7. Nellie Curranon 22 Apr 2010 at 7:14 am

    After a long waite we finaly get to see the chicks! Do we know how soon after hatching the chicks need to be fed? I hear the little one chipping a lot.

  8. Kate St. Johnon 22 Apr 2010 at 7:20 am

    Chicks are not fed at night. This one hatched at night so it is waiting for its first breakfast.

  9. Jennieon 22 Apr 2010 at 8:11 am

    Beautiful! Thanks, Kate, for keeping us updated. It’s wonderful to have streaming video and audio this year, and especially wonderful to have hotspots so we can share special moments with other peregrine watchers.

  10. Jan Christensenon 22 Apr 2010 at 8:19 am

    What a wonderful Happy Earth Day present!!! I haven’t been able to see the chick yet, but I’ve seen the egg shell. Now the exciting part has finally arrived. If all five eggs hatch, Dorothy and E2 will be very, very busy!!

  11. Luana Rossbachon 22 Apr 2010 at 8:28 am

    Just checked in and saw Dorothy scootching around and eventually saw the little one. Looked like she stepped on it but most likely just came close. Heard it cheeping too. It will soon be very noisy there with 5 littles ones all clammering for food. Great!!!

  12. laxmom1on 22 Apr 2010 at 9:46 am

    darn,, i watched all day i went to bed 20 minutes too early,,,,, xoxo

  13. Nancyon 22 Apr 2010 at 11:15 am

    The baby is being fed right now!!!

  14. Danielon 22 Apr 2010 at 11:15 am

    OMG! One of them just brought a dead bird in and is feeding the wee one!
    So insanely cute.

  15. Joannon 22 Apr 2010 at 11:17 am

    Feeding time! How small it looks & how fast they will grow up in just a few weeks from now.

  16. Joannon 22 Apr 2010 at 11:21 am

    Looking at the first chick now-Mom or Dad didn’t seem to want to feed it too much & heard it cheeping. I’m not sure but one of the other eggs either has something on the top of it or possibly the egg is starting to crack so if that’s the case there maybe another chick born today sometime

  17. Kathy McCharenon 22 Apr 2010 at 11:23 am

    I just got to see a parent (I assume it was E2) bring a bird to the nest and feed the chick. It was thrilling!! Got to see that only one chick has hatched so far too.

  18. Kate St. Johnon 22 Apr 2010 at 11:41 am

    Most recent image shows Dorothy feeding the chick. There are pip holes in two of the other eggs. They will hatch soon.

  19. Jennieon 22 Apr 2010 at 11:47 am

    Beautiful picture, Kate.

  20. Janet Christensenon 22 Apr 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Kate, I just saw an egg hatch!! The first time for me to see such a wonderous sight. I’m usually an after-the-fact viewer. How amazing!! Thanks to the Aviary for making it possible.

  21. Jon 22 Apr 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Looking at the webcam now, there appear to be at least 2 broken eggs laying around Dorothy.

  22. Joannon 22 Apr 2010 at 12:17 pm

    looks at least 2 more chicks have hatched. I’m seeing what looks like 4 egg halves at 12:17 PM EST

  23. Kate St. Johnon 22 Apr 2010 at 12:24 pm

    At this point (12:30pm on Thurs 4/22) at last 3 out of 5 have hatched. Maybe even a fourth hatched, but we’ll have to get a view f the scrape before we’ll know.

  24. Kathy McCharenon 22 Apr 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I think another chick just hatched–2:25 pm!

  25. Joannon 22 Apr 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Have all of the eggs hatched?

  26. Kate St. Johnon 22 Apr 2010 at 3:04 pm

    4 out of 5 have hatched as of 2:25 pm.

  27. Joannon 22 Apr 2010 at 4:07 pm

    It looks like Dorothy has pushed the 1 egg aside-she isn’t laying on it & it isn’t broken open. I guess she has decided that it won’t hatch?

  28. Kate St. Johnon 22 Apr 2010 at 4:48 pm

    No, she still has one unhatched egg. The eggs you see are broken shells of the ones that hatched already. You can’t see the last egg because she is staying on top of it.

  29. Anne Curtison 23 Apr 2010 at 1:30 am

    WOW! As Jan C. wrote, what an EXCELLENT Happy Earth Day Birthday! Anne

  30. Jennieon 23 Apr 2010 at 12:29 pm

    It looked to me like Dorothy pushed the 5th egg away from the others today at about 12:03 p.m.

  31. Kate St. Johnon 23 Apr 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Dorothy is sunning at 12:36pm. I can see the 5th egg in the scrape with the chicks.

  32. Jennieon 23 Apr 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Oops, meant to say “away from the chicks.” Thanks, Kate.

  33. Peteron 23 Apr 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I was just watching the 4 little guys have lunch and caught a glimpse of the 5th egg in the scrape. I was coming over to post a picture, but I Kate beat me to it. The fifth egg is still in the midst of the little guys. Maybe the only reason I even saw it here is because they all went to the shaded side when E2 brought in a tasty morsel to share.

  34. Kathy McCharenon 23 Apr 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I’ve discovered that if I watch the live feed along with the still shot, the angles are different enough that I often can see something in the still that I can’t see in the live feed. And I love have the audio–kind of like a baby monitor to let me know when to switch over…

  35. Kate St. Johnon 23 Apr 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Every once in a while you’ll notice the streaming video is a little behind the snapshots. That’s because it has to be encoded from the camera, sent to South Africa (location of WildEarth.TV) and then back here again.

  36. Danon 23 Apr 2010 at 2:08 pm

    What’s the odd behavior with one of the falcon’s wings spread and panting? Around 2:05-2:10 pm 04/23.

  37. Jon 23 Apr 2010 at 2:26 pm

    2:20 PM, a rather amusing site. It appears 1 falcon it brooding the chicks in the shade while the other is sprawled out sunbathing in the sunny part of the scrape. Wasn’t sure how to do a screen capture (or even if I can) so I just used the printscreen feature and got a couple snapshote. Not sure how I’d post them though.

  38. Kate St. Johnon 23 Apr 2010 at 2:47 pm

    J is right. E2 is sunbathing. See this FAQ: http://www.wqed.org/birdblog/peregrine-faqs/question-why-is-this-bird-face-down-on-her-nest/

  39. John Englishon 23 Apr 2010 at 3:43 pm

    On another note:

    Bald eagle pair nesting in Allegheny County
    Friday, April 23, 2010
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    The state Game Commission announced today that a pair of bald eagles have established a nest in Allegheny County.

    “While bald eagles are not an uncommon sight as they hunt for fish in the Three Rivers area of Pittsburgh, this is the first confirmed nesting pair of bald eagles in Allegheny County,” Gary Fujak, commission wildlife conservation officer for western Allegheny County, said in a news release. “The nest is in Crescent Township, but – in order to protect the nest from disturbances – we are not going to disclose the exact location, and we are working with the landowner to keep the area secure.”

    Matt Hough, Game Commission southwest region director, said this marks the third new nest in the region.

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