“Still watching and waiting”
We are still closely watching the nest for any sign that the third egg has hatched. With the depth of the nest bowl and the very attentive adults it can be difficult to get a clear view. The initial pip was noted on Sunday March 21st. Hatching can be an exhausting ordeal for a young chick and can be a somewhat prolonged process. Both adults continue to incubate the egg as they brood the two chicks that have hatched.
Prior to beginning to hatch the young bird absorbed all of the remaining yolk. The yolk is fat-rich and provides the chick with much needed energy. The digestion of this fat also provides a source of metabolic water (water created as a by-product of the break-down of fat).
While the length of time we've been waiting may be causing concern it is too soon to draw any conclusions. We will continue to watch and update the blog with any developments