Raptor Wednesday

From the Falcon Cam at 55 Water Street in downtown Manhattan, May 11th. A baby Peregrine at about a week’s age. In falconry, an unfledged chick is an eyas.

This was May 5th, a day or two after hatching.

Back to May 11th. Parent atop chick and…uh…

Why yes, that is the head of a Blue Jay. It’s a rough neighborhood!

May 13, Looks like three dud eggs. That’s not good. Most raptors don’t live to their first birthday, so you want to see some numbers of young to better the overall chances. On May 22nd, the three dud eggs were still there. The eyas hadn’t fledged yet.

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