Monday, March 26, 2012

1st Egg!!

The first egg of the 2012 clutch was laid this morning, Monday, March 26th! Here's a picture from 7:25 a.m. Looks like Durand has chosen a scrape right in the front of the box.

The normal sized clutch for peregrines is four. Eggs are laid every 2-3 days and incubation doesn't usually begin until the last (or next to the last) egg is laid. In the meantime, the eggs may sit alone and can withstand a wide range of temperature during this period of "limbo." The eggs do not begin to develop until they are kept consistently at the proper temperature.

Durand will usually be close by the nest during the egg-laying period. The male is usually nearby as well, although he may not been seen. His main duty is to provide food.