By LIZ TOTH
Surprise! The female falcon laid her eggs out of view on a ledge located on the southeast side of the building. The falcons had been visiting the nest box during the first two weeks of March and even built a scrape, a loosely constructed nest, but ultimately chose a different location to lay their eggs. Four eggs were noticed on this ledge on March 24.
The earliest date eggs have been laid in the past was March 17 so all eyes were on the nest box starting on this date. During this time the falcons were mysteriously absent in the box but still present around the Liberty Savings Tower.
Upon further inspection of the building, the eggs were found on a ledge on the side of the building that can only be reached by rappelling down from the roof. The eggs seem to be in good condition and the falcons are tending to the eggs. The falcons have laid eggs on this type of ledge before but unfortunately, a lack of protection from the weather caused the eggs to fail on the ledge in 2011.
A drain is present on the ledge to remove rainwater but there is no protection from the weather from the top like there is in the nest box. We are in the process of attempting to point a camera down on the nest so the eggs can be monitored with little disturbance to the nest. Check back for updates on the falcons and their eggs.