Lawrence Peregrines: waiting for next egg…

April 9, 2018 in In the Nest Box, lawrence peregrines, Peregrine Falcons Eastern Massachusetts, Peregrine Falcons Massachusetts

2018.0409.1-001Today may be the day that the female lays her third egg!  The second egg was laid Saturday in the middle of the day, and typically the female will lay eggs about 48 hours apart.  Today the female woke up to clear skies, and winds from the west at 10MPH, and temperature around 30F.  The wind chill was around 21F and with the wind blowing from the west, she felt the chill and spent lots of time incubating the eggs and protecting them from the cold.  She did spend time perched at edge of nest box and on the outer perch pole.



2018.0409.2-001Late in the morning, the male arrived in the nest box with prey and it was a joy to watch them engage in pair bonding as a new pair, and  watch them in a classic food exchange.  The photo shows the males with back to camera and the female facing the camera.  By this time the temps had moved up a bit, but the wind chill at 27F, made the air still feel quite cold.



2018.0409.3-001By late in the afternoon, the temps had warmed up to mid-forties, with wind chill just above 40F.  The wind remained fairly steady and continued from the west at 10MPH.  The female spent time hovering over the eggs, rather than squatting low in incubation posture.  It seemed like she might be ready to lay another, but turns out, not just yet!