Update: "One Hatched, Three to Go!
During a quick visit on the morning of Wednesday, May 4th to the Peregrine Falcon nest site at the old Macomb County Building, Barb Baldinger, MDNR Peregrine Falcon Specialist/Volunteer and Christine Becher, MDNR Peregrine Falcon Coordinator were able to confirm hatching of one young bird. As you can see from the photo, a still wet youngster was momentarily visible, as well as one egg with a pip hole and two other eggs still unhatched.
A pip hole is a small crack or hole which is made in an egg by a chick as it prepares to hatch. The appearance of pip holes is generally viewed as a sign that chicks are on the way. The process of breaking out of the shell is known as pipping.
However, right now the male Nick can often be seen in flight around the county buildings, sitting on the ledge overlooking the nest site, and on the Macomb County Administration Building to the south as he stands guard with a watchful eye on the nest site.
More pictures and updates to follow!!
Photo by Barb Baldinger 5-4-2011