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Will She Lay More Eggs?

by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:39 PM

Denise Asked: It was thrilling watching her lay both eggs. At this point is it possible she may still lay one or two more eggs? What is the male doing during this time? Does he stay nearby? Where does he sleep? Does he watch out for her?


Answer: She will probably not lay anymore eggs. Eggs are typically laid 24-48 hours apart. It appears that she is done laying and has settled into incubating. Both the male and female will share incubation duties. The male will also spend time finding hunting for both himself and his mate. Even when you can't see him on Raptor Cam,he is probably close by----both birds stay near the nest when there are young or eggs. Both the male and female will actively protect the nest from potetnial predators. We don't know where he roosts (sleeps). Most birds try to roost somewhat out of sight to avoid nocturnal predators. He has likely found a perch in some out of the way spot, up against a building or some other structure to minimize his nighttime profile.

Bob Sallinger, Audubon Society of Portland

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