Blog commenter, Phoebe, alerted us with a message posted here at 01:04am this morning. This just gave us time to zoom in the camera and capture this moment a few minutes later. She did looked tired, and she had certainly led us to quite a few false alarms over the last few days.
|First egg (Laid at 1am on 29th March 2012)|
We know from remarks left by viewers clicking the comments link below each post, that there are quite a lot of new webcam watchers and a few more Derbyshire schools watching this year. A big welcome to you all. In particular we say a big welcome to Holmesdale Infants and to their teacher, Rachel, and to Megan who posted her thoughts on behalf of all the children there.
If you have questions about the lives of these amazing birds (they are the fastest creatures on earth!), do leave a blog comment and we'll do our best to answer it for you.
Two things are worth saying right now:
1) Peregrine eggs glow white under the night-time infra-red light of our camera. But in daylight they are a deep reddish colour.
2) Up to four eggs are usually laid, at intervals of just over two days between each one. Don't be alarmed if you see the nest platform with what looks like completely abandoned eggs in it. This is normal. The adults leave the eggs unattended, sometimes for an hour or more at a time. They only start incubating their eggs properly once all of them have been laid.
|Note the careful way our female sits over her |
egg, with wings slightly outspread. 1130am 29 March
|An apparently abandoned egg will be a frequent sight until the|
penultimate egg is laid. Only then will incubation properly start.
1-2: 60 hrs
2-3: 57 hrs
3-4: 58 hrs
1-2: 57 hrs
2-3: 45 hrs
3-4: 67 hrs
1-2: 70 hrs
2-3: 45 hrs
3-4: 70 hrs
This gives an average gap between each egg of:
1-2: 62 hrs
2-3: 56 hrs
3-4: 65 hrs
On those average times between #1 and #2, egg #2 this year could arrive around 3.00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.