Saturday, 6 April 2013

Eggs are cooking!

Just in the past week most Peregrines across the UK have been laying eggs (if they hadn't already!), and interestingly they have been incubating, or at least covering the eggs, from the outset. Usually Peregrines wait until the penultimate or final egg. However, with the recent cold weather Peregrines have been keeping their eggs warm and ensuring they don't freeze.

In Bath, the female Peregrine has laid four eggs over the past week (one every two days), and it will be about four weeks before they hatch. Both parents will help with incubating the clutch. The egg timer is running.....
 Peregrine eggs are smaller than that of a chicken, and covered in a brick-red mottled coating. Photo: Dave Pearce