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.
While chirping continuously, Frank purposefully strode from the nest to the parapet ledge (10 feet away) encountering another Falcon on the wall. Just as he reached the visitor, it flew off. Who was the visitor? Adele? It happened too fast for a positive ID. Why so aggressive, Frank?
As her feathers tousled in the 40mph wind gusts, Adele calmly surveyed the East River scene from her nest at 55 Water St. Strong talons held her (guessing under 5lb.) body upright and steady on the perch pole as wind blew and rain poured. Daily visits to the nest from Adele (sideway Y black over sideway 9 green) and Frank (30 black over AN green) are common. Occasionally both falcons occupy the nest at the same time. A noticeable scratched […]
Frank (adult male) and Adele (adult female) returned to the nest on a cool gray rainy afternoon. First Frank was spotted scratching the ground and chirping. Within 5 minutes big Adele showed up. The falcons faced each beak to beak not moving much except their necks until Frank flew off. Adele (looking WELL fed) walked around the nest and stood on the ledge for another 15 minutes. Falcons have been seen at the nest at other times this fall but this was […]