4/14/16 – Well, yesterday had the female sticking to the nest and frequently getting up and looking underneath, signs that she was feeling a hatch in progress. This morning it appeared that the hatch did indeed occur, though we have not actually seen the chick or any feedings yet. There are frequent checks in the nest cup and the adults have nestover food waiting for when the chick is hungry. Feedings often don’t occur for many hours after hatching as the chick continues to absorb nutrients from the yolk and rest from the exertion of hatching before they are ready to eat. Here are some screen shots from this morning, images courtesy of PixController, ASWP, The National Aviary and Wild Earth. And please join us in watching the nest cam if you are not already!
Later this morning the hawk felt it had to pay its respects to the new arrival! The female lets them know what she thinks about that, with the male in hot pursuit (too fast to get good screenshots of the pursuit).
Later, after things settled down, the male arrived to take his first look at the chick, and give the female a break.
Then the female begins?…I have placed amusing captions under the pictures, you tell me what you think is happening! Leave a comment below!