Tuesday, April 12, 2005

George finally gets a cigar. At least two of peregrines' eggs have hatched today.

Another of the observers and I think we saw Gracie take one of the chicks (called "eyases") from the nest and dispose of it, as though it were dead. I haven't seen any confirmation of that from anyone else. I suppose it could have been leftovers from a meal.

The nest will remain a quiet place for a while, as the adults keep the young'uns warm and hatch the remaining eggs.

UPDATE: At about 12:35 PDT, George popped in with a morsel that Gracie fed to the chicks. I think there were three heads bobbing there. Other observers say two. There's a little pig in the bunch.

You can watch by clicking on the "Peregrine Nest Cam" over there on the left.

UPDATE: Must have been a leftover earlier. Another egg hatched near 2:30 p.m. PDT and all three kiddos were fed at about 5 p.m. PDT. One egg remains.

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