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Falcon egg hatches at Monarch Place

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A falcon mother tends to her newborn chick. A falcon mother tends to her newborn chick.
A "pip," which is a small hole or crack in an egg shell, could be seen in one of the eggs Wednesday morning. A "pip," which is a small hole or crack in an egg shell, could be seen in one of the eggs Wednesday morning.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

One of the four Peregrine falcon eggs laid in the nest perched on the 21st floor of Monarch Place hatched shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

CBS 3 is offering live footage of the nest via a Falcon Cam so viewers can watch the family grow and monitor the progress of the young birds.

A "pip," which is a small hole or crack in an egg shell, could be seen in one of the eggs Wednesday morning. The hatching process can last several hours.

Hatching takes place in early May. Flight begins at approximately 42 days for male falcons and 45 days for female falcons, indicating that the first hatched chick's initial leap off the 21st floor will occur around June 18.

After hatching, the chicks are called "eyases." Both male and female parents leave the nest and travel up to 15 miles to gather prey to feed the young. Chicks fledge (develop wing feathers that are large enough for flight) 42 to 46 days after hatching and remain dependent on their parents for up to two months, which will be at the end of June.

Falcons have been nesting in the same nest since 1989, but the last time the falcons called Monarch Place home was in 2012.

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