Intern Diary Week 5 – Easter with no eggs (only chocolate)

What a beautiful weekend it has been here at the Peregrine Watch! The sun has come out just in time for Easter Weekend and the peregrines have graced us with their presence for most of the time.

We have been able to show them to lots of very nice people and some were lucky enough to see them eating, displaying and even mating!

As you might have read in my last post, or if you have been following our birds, you should know that Easter usually means eggs. And not the chocolate ones! The eggs we are looking for are mottled with a reddish-brown color and smaller than a chicken’s egg.

Here it is! This year's egg up close © Scott Bland
Peregrine egg © Scott Bland

Since they first got together in 2004, our peregrine pair has started to lay eggs between the 20th and 25th of March. However, in the last two years, she has been laying in the first week of April. So far we don’t have any eggs; this may be due to weather conditions or to our birds’ age.

Usually the female would lay a clutch of 3-4 eggs around this time of the year, share the incubation with the male for the following 30 days approximately, and the chicks would hatch in the beginning of May.

It is not very common to have a breeding pair of peregrines in a wild habitat this old, so here at the Falls of Clyde we are very curious to see what is going to happen this year.

Keep tuned for more news and happy Easter!

Cat Fonseca – Scottish Wildlife Trust, Peregrine Ranger Intern
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