News From the Nesting Box
|Falcon Family in Their Nest|
|The two new chicks are getting bigger already. In just a matter of a couple of weeks they have almost doubled in size.
Mom can be seen keeping the chicks warm from time to time, or brooding. In the image below, you can see the siblings are also working on fending off the cold. Once the chicks start to grow, they will develop their thick coats of down and then contour feathers to keep warm on their own.
Banding day has already been schedule for Friday, May 20th. So keep an eye on the website for more updates.
|The Chicks Have Arrived!|
|Our babies are breaking out of their shells! At least two chicks have hatched out of their eggs. Mom has been seen tending to her birds.
Keep your eyes on these babies. They will be growing up fast in the next few weeks!
|Five Eggs Have Been Laid|
|Mother falcon has been busy. Five eggs have now been spotted in the nest.
She has been seen sitting on the eggs quite often recently. This could mean we are getting closer to incubating, but you never know. She could surprise us with more!
|More Eggs Have Joined the Clutch|
|March 24 - The first egg now has company! The female peregrine has already laid her second and third eggs.
We have a new male in the nest. Coal has flown off to parts unknown, but we are pretty sure this female is the same from last year.
If you take a close look at the eggs in the nest, you will notice one has a different, faded appearance than the others. Before the egg was laid, the pigmented layer of it was not laid down properly, thus causing the faded color. Rest assured, nothing is wrong with the egg. It will hatch just as the others.
| First Eggs in the Nest!
|Our first egg has been spotted in the nesting box! It was first seen on March 17th. Mom and egg appear to be looking well.
The eggs are reddish in color with dark flecks and are laid in a "scrape" of accumulated debris instead of a nest.
The female has scraped a slight depression so the eggs rest within a bumper of the debris. This is her way of keeping the eggs from rolling out of the nesting box.
You'll also see her moving in and out of the box from time to time. The female won't be incubating unless it gets cold.