Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Incubation going well

Incubation seems to be progressing normally. Overall, the weather this spring has been warmer than average including several very bright, sunny days. Some fans have been curious--others concerned--that Scout at times appears to be panting. This is correct-she does sometimes pant and if you have noticed, stands over the eggs to shade them instead of setting tight on them. This is because of the extremely warm temperatures. The nest box faces south and especially on a sunny day, it can be quite warm up on the 41st floor nesting ledge. So, to compensate, Scout regulates the temperature of the eggs by standing over them and to cool herself, she pants. These behaviors are normal.

As most have figured out, the streaming video for the nest box has been down the past couple of days. Unfortunately, the problem exists with an outside party and is beyond the control of the Division of Wildlife to correct. However, we have alerted the partner and hope they will correct things on their end in order for the video to be restored ASAP. In the meantime, the still images refresh every 15 seconds so you can still see what is going on inside the nest box. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience!