The Box is Empty!!! Where'd It Go??
Here is a photo of the nestbox from down the ledge a bit. In this picture you can see several things:
2) This photo also shows the several inch vertical distance between the rear, lower level of the ledge and the front, upper level of the ledge where the adults land when they fly in. It will be another couple of weeks before the chick will be grown and strong enough to jump up to the upper part of the ledge.
Here is a close-up photo of the porch in front of the nestbox where again, it illustrates places the chick could go to where it would not be able to be viewed by the nestbox camera.
Bottom line, please remember there will be times when the chick is NOT visible. Two cameras on the ledge are nice but they do not offer 100% view of all nooks and crannies of the box and ledge. Just because the chick and/or adults may not be visible does not automatically mean something is wrong. On the contrary, as I stated a few posts ago, remember that peregrines have been using this box and ledge setup quite successfully for the past 2 decades! It's always possible for something to go wrong, however, we (or should I say the peregrines?) have a pretty good track record at this site.
One other quick note: there is a Civil War reenactment going on this weekend on the statehouse lawn, which is directly across the street from the Rhodes Tower. Part of the activities include firing of cannons. These loud booms can be heard via the live streaming and sometimes they do momentarily alarm the adults. However, it isn't anything to be concerned about - to the falcons it's just part of living downtown and isn't much different from a loud clap of thunder (which we are also hearing today!). Enjoy and thanks for everyone's support and concerns!