April 17, 2018
By LIZ TOTH
Today we have our first peregrine falcon egg in the nest! This is the latest date falcons have ever laid their first egg on the Liberty Savings Tower. It is possible our unseasonably cold weather this spring has contributed to a late start to egg laying.
It was snowing yesterday and this morning with snowflakes floating in front of her the falcon sat tightly on the scrape. Once she moved, the first egg could be seen!
Peregrine falcons lay an average of four eggs in a clutch with each egg laid a few days apart. Incubation of the eggs starts toward the end of egg laying and the eggs will synchronize to hatch around the same time. Keep an eye on the cam for more eggs soon.
Liz Toth is the Associate Curator of Live Animals at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.