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Five is enough (almost too many)

It appears the Peregrines have been overcome by sanity and ceased egg production.   Five eggs is certainly enough and above normal.  Peregrine Falcons nesting at mid-latitudes average about 3.8 eggs per clutch.   If you happened to check the webcam during the weather on Sunday, you might have witnessed that five eggs was almost more than the birds could handle in the rain and wind.  For a while, a couple of the eggs got loose.  Fortunately, Jeanne Hibbert captured some screen shots of the drama which she posted on her Facebook fan page.

Eggs rollings
The female Peregrine Falcon struggled to keep all the eggs under her during Sunday’s rain and wind.
Eggs rolling #2
Another shot showing the pandemonium that occurred on Sunday.
Eggs rolling #3
Eventually all of the eggs were recovered and now all appear to be resting comfortable under the incubating Peregrine Falcon.

At times, it looked as though the birds themselves might be blown away.  All five eggs eventually were recovered and are now back where they ought to be.   However, it once again illustrates that these birds have to contend with quite a lot during this breeding effort.  It is not just fun and games.   Now, we will have to wait for about four weeks before any eggs will begin hatching.

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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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