One More Chick Makes Four For Dayton’s Falcons!

The fourth egg that was thought to be infertile has hatched!  The third chick is almost the same size as it’s siblings now but the fourth chick is significantly smaller since it hatched almost a week after the first two.  All chicks are being fed by the parents and the smallest one stretches his neck up in the front to enable him to get food with the others.  In this image you can see one of the first meals for the new chick.  He is closest to the parent but has a hard time reaching as tall as his siblings.

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On Monday both parents were seen working hard to care for the chicks.  Daniel and Dayton have never raised four chicks before so they will be busy keeping them fed!  Both parents have been observed feeding the chicks and keeping them warm in the mornings.  The chicks can be seen resting by laying down on their chests when they temperatures are warmer.  When it is cool one of the parents provides warmth by sitting on them.  In this image a freshly caught bird arrives for the family meal.

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