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« Reply #120 on: April 04, 2017, 08:36:19 PM »

Yup ... she ate 3 out of 4 chicks last year ... for no apparent reason. 
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« Reply #121 on: April 05, 2017, 04:31:43 PM »

 puzzled2 nono1 hmmm Oh dear... I didn't know. Stupid question, but had they perished before she at them?

Nothing surprises me with Peregrines. I will never forget my first Peregrine experience at the nest in De Mortel in Holland many years ago when an young intruder female killed the resident female who was caring for young perlets.

The dad had to care for the young, the intruder kept stealing the food for herself, the young nearly perished, then one amazing day the intruder began to help caring for the young and most of them survived and the inturder female became the mate.
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« Reply #122 on: April 10, 2017, 08:09:14 AM »

I remember that Laura!  And I think it was Mother's Day when she started feeding them.

No one knows why Hope did what she did last year, but no, the chicks were not deceased - she killed them herself.  Very strange.
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« Reply #123 on: April 11, 2017, 04:22:08 AM »

That's horrible. I wonder if she had a reason. We'll never know.
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« Reply #124 on: April 20, 2017, 06:19:28 AM »

Hatch Date is approaching (4-22 give or take); Kate has posted a warning on her blog:
Caution!  Don’t watch the eggs hatch at the Cathedral of Learning if it upsets you to see a mother kill her young.  Again, we don’t know if Hope will do this, but she might.
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« Reply #125 on: April 21, 2017, 01:52:40 AM »

Thanks for the warning, Patti. I know it can be very upsetting to see things that happen in nature, things that we would never know about had we not been able to watch with the cams. It has been an interesting journey watching the tragedies and successes. I hope it goes well this time.
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« Reply #126 on: April 24, 2017, 04:01:17 PM »

Well........... she did it again!  There is something wrong with this bird.  She even ate the shell.  Sad  And shes got three more to hatch.
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« Reply #127 on: April 25, 2017, 10:42:29 AM »

Oh no... how sad.. how strange. Un inbalance in her instincts.

At 1:45pm adult is incubating and I can see movement underneath, so there is a perlet. The other adult came in, but the one on the nest refused to budge so the second one flew off. I could not tell which was the female in this instance because I could not compare them. Not sure if there are any other eggs. Whichever parent is there now, is caring for the young one.
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« Reply #128 on: April 25, 2017, 01:57:26 PM »

5pm and it appears to be the mother feeding the perlet and 2 eggs still there.
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« Reply #129 on: April 26, 2017, 01:24:35 PM »

Just checking in at 4:23 P.M. ........ there are two perlets!  Gosh I pray she continues to care for them!

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« Reply #130 on: April 26, 2017, 04:11:26 PM »

So do I! At what stage did she devour them last time?

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« Reply #131 on: April 27, 2017, 06:07:56 AM »

3 little puff-balls when I looked this morning!  I think #3 hatched when it was dark (or maybe Dad was there).
Another forum believes that Mom did not 'kill' #1 - she was just too excited when the hatch began and 'helped' it hatch (which can injure and/or kill a chick).  She seems to be doing well feeding the first 2 chicks.  Fingers(talons) crossed.
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« Reply #132 on: April 27, 2017, 06:29:39 AM »

Thanks bonbon, I tried to get on the cam earlier today and it wouldn't load. I hope you are correct.

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« Reply #133 on: May 05, 2017, 10:58:51 PM »

I meant to post back here and forgot ... basically what Bonnie said.  Some think that maybe Hope is taking the sounds the chicks make while hatching as distress calls ... causing her to try to "help" them hatch ... thus causing them to die (like last year).  Once the chick dies, she consumes it as food. 

Gladly ... 3 out of 4 have made it so far this year! Smiley 
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« Reply #134 on: May 09, 2017, 07:56:31 PM »

Oh I so hope things continue to go well here.  pray
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