The Gulf Tower peregrines have really surprised me. With all the drama that occurred in late March and early April — when Tasha [age 14] laid two eggs, was chased off by Dori – the young falcon taking over the nest site … laid three more — I really expected the eggs would hatch days apart and that only Dori’s would be viable.
Instead, yesterday two more of the five eggs hatched, so that all four hatched within 48 hours.
There are now four peregrine chicks at Gulf Tower.
At least one of the chicks came from an egg laid by Tasha (who hasn’t been seen since March 20). Dori [a first time mom] will raise all of them as her own. It’s unlikely she can tell the difference.
From Kate St. John