Falcon Fans Waiting for a Crack

World watches as San Jose falcon couple awaits hatchlings

By Jessica Greene
|  Wednesday, Apr 7, 2010  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
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Clara Esteban with her first egg of the 2010 season.

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Birdwatching and betting rarely pair well but there's an exception high above San Jose.

Clara and Esteban Colbert, the famed Peregrine falcons who live on the rooftop of San Jose City Hall, are incubating four eggs. Clara laid the first egg on March 2 and squeezed out the fourth a week later.

Now, the city is taking a poll on when the first egg will hatch. It should be pretty easy to see the new arrivals -- the falcons are living out their lives in front of the world, via Web cam.

The poll, launched on Tuesday, asks falcon family Facebook fans to make a guess on when the first egg will hatch, with the dates spanning  from April 7 to April 16. Glenn Stewart, biologist with the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group at the University of California-Santa Cruz expects the cracking to begin this week.

Once they have all hatched, the public will get a crack at the names. The city will open up the naming rights, as they have the previous three years, to all in the form of a contest. And in the true spirit of the "everything online" era -- Clara will tweet the chirping new arrivals.

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