Endangered Falcon Egg perches on top of NJ Courthouse hatches
The first of several eggs laid by a endangered peregrine falcon atop the tower of the Union County Courthouse in the city center, Elizabeth hatched on Tuesday morning, officials said.
The egg hatched at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday and three more eggs are expected to hatch in the coming days, according to a statement from Union County.
A “Falcon Cam” has chronicled the activity of several pairs of adult peregrine falcons over the years and provides a live feed of their activity, which can be viewed at ucnj.org/falconcounty officials said. The cameras are intended to provide schools, researchers and birdwatchers with new learning opportunities. From last year, the Nest Cam came with an audio system.
Couples have nestled on the roof of the Courthouse, located at 2 Broad St., every year since 2005.
After the first pair of falcons failed to build their nest due to weather conditions, Union County staff stepped in to help. With help from the New Jersey Division of Flora and Fauna, the county installed an igloo-style doghouse and cameras inside and outside the nest.
The couple currently at the nesting site are called Frida and Mango.
The female is named after South American artist Frida Kahlo because of the large marking or “unibrow” between her eyes. The male, Mango, owes its name to its bright yellow-orange beak and legs.
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