By LIZ TOTH
The falcon eggs hatched!
On Saturday, April 15, egg shells could be seen on the ledge, but the female spent almost all her time on the nest preventing a view of what was beneath her. By Wednesday, we were able to get a good view of the chicks and all four eggs have successfully hatched!
The chicks seem to be doing well, and both parents have been very attentive, feeding and keeping the chicks warm. When they are not able to be seen they are safely tucked under the female. She broods the chicks, keeping them warm with her body until they are about a week old and they can maintain the correct body temperature on their own.
She has special featherless brooding patches that allow the warm skin of her body to press right up against the chicks and keep them warm. This behavior is easy to see from above. It looks like she is wiggling quickly back and forth, but she is snuggling her brooding patches down on the chicks.