The first hatched around 6:14 a.m. Many live stream viewers noticed Annie eating bits of its eggshell. Experts say this is so she can regain some of the calcium she lost.
Pip Pip Hooray! We have our first pip sighting as the chicks are starting to hatch. The pip is the first hole in the egg made by the chick, allowing it to breath outside air for the first time. From pipping to fully hatching takes ~24 hours. pic.twitter.com/KGo4RAdHtC— CalFalconCam (@CalFalconCam) May 5, 2022
Several major developments have happened in recent months in Annie's life.
Her longtime mate, Grinnell, was found deceased in late March. He was apparently hit by a car, according to the Cal Falcon's research team.
They lived together atop U.C. Berkeley's tower since 2016.
Then, you may recall she had a new "bird boyfriend" who swooped in just hours after the death of her of Grinnell.
Then, Annie's new "boyfriend" needed a new name and after public voting, it was narrowed down to nine finalists: Archie, Morgan, Alden, Ed, Lou, Takaki, Calvin, Savio and Ned.
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All of the names had a connection to U.C. Berkeley's history.
Fans voted and Alden was the chosen name.
After 9,478 votes, we are excited to announce the winning name for New Guy: Alden!— CalFalconCam (@CalFalconCam) April 18, 2022
Alden Miller, his namesake, (pictured here - sort of - with his collection of birds) was a student of Grinnell and succeeded him as director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. pic.twitter.com/pPzZHu2RZO
But Annie had other things going in her life. Before Grinnell's death and having "Alden" as a new boyfriend, she went missing for a while back in February before returning to her nest.
Now, her chicks are hatching.
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