Apr 27 2011
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)