Apr 27 2011

First Egg Hatched at Gulf Tower

Published by at 7:21 am under Peregrines


This morning at 6:33am Dori had her back to the camera when I saw her pick up an empty eggshell.  The eggshell meant the first chick had hatched but it took a while for Dori to turn around and show us the baby bird. 

Here it is, the first hatchling at Gulf Tower this year.

Last night Dori seemed so anxious for this egg to hatch that when Louie brought food for her, she held morsels in her beak and “ee-chupped” at the chicks inside their eggs.  “Come out and eat.”

Jennie Barker captured the “feeding” in a video hotspot on the WildEarth webcam site.   To watch it, click here for instructions.

Or click on Dori’s picture to watch the live falconcam at Gulf.

UPDATE 4/27, 10:32am:  Egg #2 just hatched.

(photo from the National Aviary falconcam at Gulf Tower)

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “First Egg Hatched at Gulf Tower”

  1. sharon leadbiteron 27 Apr 2011 at 7:47 am

    So MAD!!! Of course I missed it … stupid work gets in the way ;-)

  2. Larisaon 27 Apr 2011 at 8:15 am

    When she got up at 8, it looked like a second egg was already pipped!

  3. Jennieon 27 Apr 2011 at 8:27 am

    I’m glad she has someone to feed now! She is so ready for motherhood again. :-)

  4. Kathyon 27 Apr 2011 at 10:07 am

    I saw her last night doing that. I watched on and off all day yesterday and into last night. I awoke this am at 5:15. What woke me up was the tornado siren. We had some violent weather this am and more is expected. I had no power at home and we are on generators here at work, so I missed the blessed event. I am happy that little guy finally chipped its way out of that shell.

  5. Kate St. Johnon 27 Apr 2011 at 10:16 am

    Yow! Tornadoes in Alabama!

  6. Donnaon 27 Apr 2011 at 11:34 am

    There was another hatch at Gulf Tower this morning around 10:35 – 2 down, 3 to go!

  7. Tracion 27 Apr 2011 at 11:45 am

    Well, there are actually TWO!! I just got several sceenshots because I’m not sure when it happened. But there are definately two, she just fed them.
    So three left for her…

  8. Marianneon 27 Apr 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I hope that all 5 hatch. Then there will be 5 at each Pittsburgh nest like last year!

  9. Kathyon 27 Apr 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Kate..yes tornadoes are quite the thing here. Who knew, right? I can’t believe I moved from hurricane alley in Tampa to Tornado alley in Birmingham.

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