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Hatching round-up

First, apologies I have not kept up on the Peregrine Falcon action and drama.  I was in western Nebraska, where the people are friendly and the internet service can sometimes be difficult to come by, the past several days.   Even though it is not necessary to tell you what has transpired at the Capitol, it is probably worthwhile to make note of it and take care of any loose ends.

As Peregrine watchers know, the hatching at the Capitol was a little disappointing.  Of the five eggs, only two successfully hatched.  One egg remains in the nestbox, but one should not expect this egg to hatch.  The good news is it appears the two chicks are healthy and thriving.  Their eyes are now open and they are growing extremely fast.   I snapped the following screenshots just moments ago.

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The two chicks getting fed a midday meal on 22 May 2014.
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The Peregrine Falcon eyases briefly left alone while the adult female disposed of the meal-time leftovers.
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The two chicks after their midday meal on 22 May 2014.

You can expect that the chicks will be left unattended for longer durations now that they are older and will be able to thermoregulate.   They will continue to grow and develop very quickly.  Hopefully all goes well.

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About Joel Jorgensen

Joel Jorgensen is a Nebraska native and he has been interested in birds just about as long as he has been breathing. He has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues. Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. When not working, he enjoys birding.

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