With a huge amount of interest in the laying of the first egg, there is keen anticipation of further developments. Peregrines typically lay an egg every 48 hours, so today the second egg was due, and sure enough duly appeared. A normal clutch would be 4 eggs, although more (or fewer) can also be seen; this pair laid four eggs last spring, although only two of those hatched, both fledging successfully in mid-June.
It is also quite normal for the eggs not to be constantly incubated at this early stage, but once the clutch is complete we can expect the amount of time the adults (mostly the female) spend incubating the eggs to increase significantly. From then, it will be another 30 days or so until the eggs hatch, and a similar amount of time again until they are ready to leave the nest.
There have been some technical issues with the webcam, which seems to be ‘offline’ fairly regularly. This is frustrating for everyone involved, but we at SBSG have no means of addressing this, though I know the team at the University are working on upgrading the streaming so that it can cope with the numbers of people wanting to watch the birds in action. It’s great that they are generating such interest, but as a result the project has become a victim of its own success!
Fingers crossed for more eggs to be laid over the coming days, and for the webcam to stabilise under its new stream.