The last piece of equipment I needed to be able to broadcast live and record simultaneously arrived yesterday. It is in place and operational. Now I won't miss the first sign of hatching and I will be able to show it to you even if it is at 3:00 a.m. and you are asleep.
The references say that incubation lasts 26 days. Since the first egg was laid on March 20, that could be as early as tomorrow, Friday, April 15.
Unfortunately, the same references differ on whether the young hatch "synchronously" or not. What this means is that some birds (the Peregrine Falcons in Jersey City, for example) lay more than one egg before they begin to incubate them. The result is that the young all hatch at nearly the same time. Although Momma Screech did stay in the box during the days, she did not begin her "close sitting" at night until the 4th egg. The first 3 eggs were left alone for periods of time up to 2 hours. Since the 4th egg was laid, she has never left them for more than about 10-15 minutes. Will that delay the hatch of the first eggs?? Watch with me and find out.