The last time we live-blogged the coming-and-goings of the redtailed hawks that have made their nest on a ledge outside New York University's Bobst Library, very little happened. We do not blame this on the school, the birds (nicknamed Bob and Violet), or the "hawk cam" the New York Times set up specially to cover the hatching of the feathered couple's eggs. We blame it on our own poor timing, a full month before the first egg would indeed hatch. We returned this morning for a second look.
9:39--We're here! Word on the ledge is one of the eggs hatched late last night, two weeks after the due date given by the crack avian vets over at the New York Times. Last time we tuned in to Hawk Cam, we just saw twigs, one bird, and some rustling that could have been bugs, but was probably the wind. This time, there's something alongside the hawk that resembles a cardboard toilet paper roll, except white.
9:41--COULD THE WHITE CARDBOARD ROLL ACTUALLY BE THE SECOND EGG? It looks like something is wiggling out of there. More sticks, or is the second baby hawk trying to escape from a malformed, sunglasses case-shaped egg? And if that's the case, what has James Franco done with the first one?
9:43--The case for the cardboard roll/egg being a cardboard roll: The hawk isn't sitting on it. Do birds stay on eggs as they hatch, or get off and give them space? This The Atlantic Wire needs an AP Biology teacher on call at all times.
9:45--Th case for the cardboard roll/egg being an egg: It really looks like an egg. Not the shape, but the consistency. Very egg-like.
9:46 GAH. The bird hops up, moves around. Too startled and excited (us, not the bird) to notice anything egg-like or chick-like in the space that was just vacated. The hawk is now sitting down and staring directly into the camera. She's trying to psych us out. It's only working a little.
9:49 We have visuals! The mother is futzing around and we can see two bald baby hawks. Each is about the size of a clementine. We have no idea if they're alive, so we're just going to go ahead and say, yes, the NYU baby redtail hawks are alive and resting comfortably.
Image via The New York Times