The Xcel Fort Saint Vrain eagles hatched their first egg last night at 9:43 PM MT! We start hatch watch in Decorah North on March 30th and hatch watch in Decorah on March 31st – although keep in mind that hatch could start a little earlier or a little later. We don’t know which egg broke in Decorah, so that could impact hatch timing as well. Once we have a pip, we’ll let everyone know! We’re also looking for an
On hatch watch at Xcel Fort St. Vrain! Listen for an eaglet talking through its shell! https://youtu.be/LeMC541Cn1E So what happens right before hatch? The rapidly growing embryo is taking up nearly all the space in the egg. It has turned so that its head is at the large end of the egg next to the air space, pierced the internal membrane, and is breathing air with its lungs. It is taking the yolk sac into its body through its abdomen as it
We are on hatch watch at N2B in Decorah and at Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain plant in Platteville, Colorado. What happens within the egg shortly before hatching starts? The rapidly developing embryo: Grows large enough to take up nearly all the space in its egg. Positions its body so that its head is at the large end of the egg next to the air space. Begins to breathe with its lungs. Consumes most of the remaining albumen and yolk.