1st egg HATCHED!!!
Columbus officially has a hatch! One of the first looks was had of a small, white, fluffy chick at 6:15 a.m. It's hard to tell for sure when during the overnight hours the chick actually hatched. In this photo at 6:15 the chick is already dried off and fluffy so it's been out of the egg for at least awhile. Interestingly, Falconcam fans continued to stay logged on to the streaming video last night after dark in order to listen even though no picture was visible via the video! They reported hearing chirps which was likely the chick vocalizing as it worked its way out of the egg.
Hopefully, more eggs will hatch today and tomorrow. A pip was reported in another egg but we've not been able to confirm that with a saved photo. Congratulations, Scout and Orville!!!