Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Two...Make That Three...Eggs, Over Easy

In downtown Winnipeg, a hotel has set up a live webcam to show a peregrine nest, complete with any-day-now hatchlings.

I saw two (three when she got completely off the nest for a few seconds) eggs when the falcon turned them. Presumably, the tercel is taking his scheduled break at the time of this posting.

Hatch watch blog here.

Thanks, Boris!

UPDATE: Winnipeg falcon chicks die, despite rescue attempt

Kudos to the firemen and everyone who cared enough to try and rescue the chicks from the unseasonal heavy rains. Very likely, the nesting pair will try to re-nest this season. There's still time.

We humans (especially those of us with a fondness for our fellow non-human creatures) tend to anthropomorphize everything, attributing our own emotions to animals who would have no idea what we're talking about if we tried to explain it to them.

The fact is, shit happens. Only two animals have (so far) proven the capacity to mourn -- humans and elephants. That's not an indictment...it just is.

The peregrines will simply get busy and try again.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a 14-year history of peregrines nesting on the Washington Mutual Tower in downtown Seattle. You can read a brief synopsis of it and you can check the current web-cam.

When I was just pre-teen and in Webelos (between cub scouts and boy scouts) I actually got to hold (i.e. allow to perch on my hand) a peregrine. They are beautiful and not a little awe inspiring.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 8:54:00 AM  

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