The nest may be empty and the Falcon Cam down till spring but reports from the roof at 55 Water St. say 5 Falcons are flying in that area. Falcons are too territorial to let another family nest that close, so it is likely that Adele and Frank are schooling their young to hunt. The Falcon Cam is monitored throughout the year; new posts will appear when the Falcons do.
The falcon chicks world has expanded to include the setback wall. It is adjacent to the nest, approximately 1’ wide x 10’ long, and facing the East River. They walk (not fly) onto it daily for hours of viewing (the FDR?, future meals?, Mom?). All 3 falcons are 75% feather/25% white fuzz, flapping vigorously but no lift off.
LCpl Holly Charette 55 female falcon USFWS ID 1947-21584 Auxiliary ID 46 black over BC green LCpl Jeffrey Walker 55 male tiercel USFWS ID 2206-75441 Auxiliary ID 19 black over AZ green Cpl Christopher Scherer 55 male tiercel USFWS ID 2206-75442 Auxiliary ID 23 black over AZ green The fledglings were banded and examined by Chris Nadareski NYCDEP with Barbara Saunders NYSDEC recording , photographing and assisting. The chicks passed all inspections with the prize for loudest most sustained chirps […]
Three hungry young falcons lined up for a morning meal ripped apart and served by Frank (30 black over AN green). One unhatched egg is still visible in the nest. Tuesday May 17th is scheduled for Chris Nadereski (NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection) to band the new additions to the 55 Water Street Falcon Family.
The telltale broken shell in the nest clued us in to the first hatched egg this morning. Adele picked at (ate?) the shell as she continued covering the brood. The adults alternate incubating frequently. Continuous chirping usually precedes the changeover. Eyass #1 can be glimpsed as it stretches it’s legs and starts unfolding and wriggling.
Today marks the typical Peregrine Falcon incubation period of 33 days. Watch for the eggs to start hatching any day now. Adele or Frank has been lying on the eggs almost continuously with only moments each day when the Future Falcon (Fifty) Five are visible.
As Adele took an egg rolling & re-shuffling break, five eggs were visible in the nest at 55 Water St. Even big mamma Adele has to make extra efforts to cover all the eggs.
Frank and Adele celebrated Easter weekend with their 4th egg. The adults share the incubating duties though Frank (male-smaller) keeps his wings spread wider to cover the brood.
When the incubating parent moved off to hunt this morning, three eggs were visible in the nest.
Half marathons and snow storms did not deter Adele from laying TWO eggs over the weekend. More eggs may follow. March eggs have not been the norm for the Falcons at 55 Water St. in past few years, early to mid –April was typical.