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Falcons Nesting In Providence, And More Signs Of Spring

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The female falcon that nested atop the Superman building last year is back this spring. The falcon laid her first egg less than a week ago, according to...

The female falcon that nested atop the Superman building last year is back this spring. The falcon laid her first egg less than a week ago, according to Jeff Hall, senior director of advancement for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Through the organization’s Peregrine webcam, bird enthusiasts are observing the falcon and her male partner taking turns at the nest. Hall said the falcon will sit on her eggs constantly until all her eggs are laid.

“So all the eggs will then mature, if you would, at the same time,” said Hall. “so they’ll all hatch around the same time.”

Hall said falcons lay up to four eggs, typically one to two days apart. The birds will likely hatch in late April or early May.

Hall said there are more signs of spring. Ospreys have been spotted at their nests and piping plovers along the state’s south shore. He said we’ll start to see more migration in May.

“So if we get a big storm coming from the south, some of the birds will ride those winds to make it a little bit easier on the migration,” said Hall. “Some of these birds will continue on and some will be nesting in the state.”

The recent harsh winter took a toll on birds. Hall said it may be a good idea to keep bird feeders out longer, because nesting takes a lot of energy.

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An American Goldfinch at Trustom Pond in South Kingstown.
A blackcapped chickadee at Trustom Pond in South Kingstown.
A common grackle at a birdfeeder at the Trustom Pond Visitor Center in South Kingstown.
A house finch at Trustom Pond in South Kingstown.
A northern cardinal at Trustom Pond in South Kingstown.
A red squirrel at Trustom Pond in South Kingstown.
Falcons Nesting In Providence, And More Signs Of Spring
Falcons Nesting In Providence, And More Signs Of Spring