by Liz TOTH
The falcons now have three chicks! Both parents have been spending a lot of time keeping the newly hatched chicks warm this past week as they were also incubating the remaining egg.
The third chick is a bit smaller than the two others that hatched 5 and 7 days ago. The parents take care of the chicks keeping them warm and providing food for them. The chicks are unable to thermoregulate well for the first 10 days of their lives.
Daniel continues to do most of the hunting, especially for the first few days after a chick hatches. When Daniel brings food to the nest box, Dayton tears it up by standing on it and holding it in place with her talons and ripping it with her sharp beak. The chicks eat the same food as their parents and Dayton will place tiny pieces of food into their beaks.
Once the chicks are fed Dayton will eat some herself and then go back to feeding the chicks. Almost all of their recent meals have been songbirds but it is possible they may bring a larger bird to the nest. This image is just after the newly hatched chick had one of his first meals.
Liz Toth is Associate Curator of Live Animals at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.