|Falcon with egg, two hours after it was laid, on 29th March.|
At last we have an egg!
It was laid at 14:12 local time, today - just twelve hours later than last year. The screenshot below was captured by Phoebe, one of our regular webcam-watchers, and posted to Flickr. It was the first image captured by any of our viewers (including the Project Team!)
|Screen shot immediately after egg-laying. Captured by Phoebe.|
With this cool, windy weather, we may expect our female peregrine (known as the 'falcon') to remain with her egg to keep it warm. However, it is quite normal behaviour for the birds to leave the eggs for some considerable time until all but the last egg is laid. This has caused some viewers in the past to wonder whether the nest has been abandoned, but this is not the case. It results in all the eggs remaining cool and not developing much until the final egg is produced, so causing all the eggs and subsequent chicks to develop at the same speed and be at exactly the same stage at the same time.
We'll post more pictures later on if we have them.
|Definitely no egg at 14:07 today, but then . . .|
|. . .with her back firmly set to our new nest camera for over half an hour after laying the first egg of 2015, this was the first glimpse the Project Team managed to capture. |