First Egg Hatches at Pitt
Hooray! The first egg hatched at the Cathedral of Learning this morning, April 22, at about 9:32a. (And his mother, Hope, did not harm him!)
HAPPY UPDATE, 22 APRIL 2019, 4:30pm:
The first chick hatched successfully and was not harmed. The slideshow below shows the hatchling and his parents on Monday 22 April 2019 from 9:32 to 9:42 am. Here’s a summary of the action:
- Terzo (father bird) is on the nest at the moment the chick is first visible at 9:32am
- Hope (mother bird) arrives at 9:38:07 to trade places with Terzo.
- Hope carries the chick away from the scrape at 9:38:45. She does not harm it. She carries it back to the nest. (This was the only dangerous moment.)
- Hope prepares to brood the chick at 9:41:56. We can see that the chick is fine.
- Hope settles on the nest at 9:42:35. The coast is clear for this chick.
When Terzo arrives to trade places with Hope at 12:45pm, we can see the chick standing up, white and fluffy, in the slideshow below.
The first chick hatched without incident. We know from three years’ experience that Hope only kills a chick when it first hatches. Once she begins to brood it, the chick is safe.
There are four more eggs to go, so keep in mind …
Caution! Don’t watch the eggs hatch at the Cathedral of Learning if it upsets you to see a mother kill her young.
I’ll keep you posted.