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Hatch watch 2016 – disappointing start

My calculations had 7-12 May as the time frame when the Capitol’s Peregrine Falcon’s eggs should hatch.  Events started happening just a bit earlier than I expected, but in a disappointing way.  Late yesterday, only four eggs were observed rather than the five eggs which the birds have been incubating for about a month.  This morning, only three eggs were present.

three eggs 2016

It is not entirely clear what happened and what went wrong.  However, it does not come as a total surprise.  As I explained in this recent article in the Lincoln Journal Star, this pair’s hatching success has not been great the last few years.  In 2014, the pair laid five eggs but only two hatched.   Last year, they laid four eggs but only one hatched.  Ally, the female, is a dozen years old and the male, 19/K, is sixteen years old.  As I have stated on previous blog posts, this is getting up there in age for these birds and this may be affecting their fertility.

There are three eggs left.  Keep your fingers crossed.

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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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