Eggs Laid, Waiting Begins

Posted on March 23, 2011

As if on cue in this first week of spring, the peregrine falcon pair nesting in Manchester’s Brady Sullivan Tower has delivered two eggs.

How many eggs will they ultimately tend?

Last year, the pair successfully raised five chicks, a record for the state since NH Audubon began monitoring activity. We won’t know the full story for a bit but we will keep you up up-to-date in our monthly e-newsletter (subscribe here). NH Audubon biologists and volunteers are heading into the busy season of monitoring birds in this state, including counting nesting pairs of bald eagles, osprey, and peregrine falcons.

The Manchester pair is our herald of spring — they are the first peregine pair to confirm nesting each year because they live in the area all year long and the nest is excellent, noted NH Audubon biologist Chris Martin. The male came to the site in 2001 and is now 11 years old. The female, his second mate, arrived in 2006. She is now six years old. The pair has been nesting together on this site since 2006.

If all goes well, the eggs will mature into chicks in early May. The chicks will be ready for leg bands, to help us identify them, and then will fledge (fly from) the nest sometime in mid-June.

To learn more about NH Audubon’s work with Peregrine Falcons, please click here.

You may also watch and hear this wonderful process for yourself on the Peregrine Webcam hosted by Spectra Access and supported by Brady Sullivan Properties and NH Audubon. To see the live video of the Manchester peregrines as they raise their young, click here.