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Easter Egg

In what can only be described as an Easter Sunday shocker, the Peregrine Falcons at the Capitol welcomed their first egg on Sunday, 16 April.

This egg is a surprise (at least to me) because it comes so late in the spring.  It appears almost a month (27 days) later than when the first egg at the Woodmen building in Omaha appeared.  The Capitol’s first egg usually appears about a week later than the Woodmen pair’s first egg.  It is also the latest a first egg has appeared at the Capitol since the birds started nesting here in 2005.  While this event is exciting, I am tempering my expectations on whether there will be any more or whether this one egg will hatch.  This pair appears to have had problems producing this one egg and their overall fertility has been on the decline in recent years.  However, Alley and 19/K continue to overcome the odds and they have a terrific record of proving me wrong – hopefully they will do it again 🙂 !

See what transpires in the nest box by checking out our Falconcam.

Good birding!

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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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