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April 20, 2011, 7:30 AM and Still No Hatch

April 20, 2011, 7:30 AM and Still No Hatch

Credit: Bob Sallinger

by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:34 AM

As of 7:30 Am there it still appears that none of the eggs have "pippped" (the term for the chick breaking through to the outside world). It is nice to see the sun beaming down on her for a change as she sits there day after day. In response to "Loveratorcam" the bald eagles that you are watching on another webcam should be fine with the snow---they are equipped to take care of their young in pretty extreme conditions.  It always amazes me how birds are able to take care of their eggs and young through incredible weather extremes. When we raise birds in captivity even the smallest temperature variations, jarring of the incubator, introduction of bacteria, etc typically causes failure...but the parents somehow managed to get them through in a filthy nest on a vibrating fire escape through wind, rain, hail.....with only their own bodies to do the job. Folks sometimes want us to intervene with nests that they think are vulnerable for one reason or another but the fact is that all of our "expertise" and "technology" is far less capable that the skills the parents have evolved over millenia. Pretty cool when you think about it!

 

Screen save at 743 AM: All four eggs in nest with plastic bag and mom by Bob Sallinger

 

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