We were on hatch watch at Sauces, and then remnants of a broken shell were seen being removed from the nest bowl. Was it a hatch we couldn’t see in that deep nest bowl? Sadly it was not. It appears that the egg has broken. Dr. Sharpe, the director of the program has indicated that it is likely that the egg was non-viable (so no developed chick inside). Here is Dr. Sharpe’s statement:
“It appears that the Sauces nest failed today. The egg likely broke midday, based upon the adults’ behavior. Because a healthy, full-term chick would fill an egg, making it hard to break, it is likely that the egg was either infertile or the chick died early in development and the recent heat may have caused the rotting egg to explode. Although there is time for another clutch, we have not seen a pair lay another clutch of eggs after incubating more than a couple of weeks. Hopefully they will have better luck next year.”
Many condolences to those who love and watch this nest and to this pair who have had a rough go in the past couple of years with no successful hatches.