Friday, March 23, 2012
Hatching due about April 6
Momma is brooding 3 eggs. That will be all for this year; fewer than last year but quite normal. The last egg was laid on March 16 so hatching is due about April 6, with all eggs hatching within a day or two of each other.. In the meantime, it may not be exciting but these are important times for her to work hard. She usually takes a break shortly after dark (about8:00 p.m. EDT) and another before sun rise (about 5:30 a.m. but quite variable). Papa delivers food to her as it is available. As I was typing this (9:18 p.m.), Papa delivered a rodent, she swallowed it whole, and went back to brooding the eggs within about 2 minutes.