There are Easter eggs and then there are Easter eggs.
One falcon egg hatched open on Easter Sunday atop San Jose City Hall, two more hatched open in the wee hours of Monday morning, and a fourth is expected to hatch within two days.
According to Glenn Stewart, director of the University of California at Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group, said he would likely scale to the top of the 18th floor at City Hall on April 22 or 23 to band the legs of the young falcons and determine their genders.
The eggs belong to parents, Clara and Fernando El Cohete, who last year, also gave birth to four falcons.
As is tradition, schoolchildren in San Jose will be able to participate in an annual contest to name the birds.
In San Francisco, the news isn't as rosy. Three eggs laid last month likely will never hatch, Stewart said. That's because the mother falcon there was booted out of her territory by another female, who has since laid one egg, and is now the dominant mother on top of the PG&E building. Stewart said that if all goes well, that one egg may hatch next month.
If you're interested in donating to the research group or watching the falcons live on a FalconCam, click on To donate to the UC Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group and see the falcons on a live falcon cam in San Jose, click here.
To watch a YouTube video put out by the city of San Jose of the mother falcon feeding one of her chicks, click here:
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