Let’s face it, with the state of the country right now we could all use a little extra cuteness in our day-to-day. If rich gray feathers, murderous beaks and beady yellow eyes count as “cute” in your book, you’re in luck. On Tuesday afternoon, PG&E announced that a bonded pair of peregrine falcons have settled in to roost on their building at 77 Beale St. — a move that coincides nicely with a camera quality upgrade.
So far there are three eggs in the nest, though PG&E states that “if all goes well, there should be another egg by the end of the week.” That said, based on our (somewhat obsessive) monitoring of the situation, that fourth egg has already appeared.
The eggs will then incubate, and are expected to hatch in early June. While many may assume that the peregrine on the nest is a female, the duo actually takes turns hunting for food and caring for their unborn young.
If you’re already thinking up potential baby bird names in excitement, hold your horses. As PG&E points out, nature makes its own rules. “Sometimes the falcon parents build their nest on the PG&E building, and sometimes they don’t. And, even when they do, the eggs don’t always hatch. That said, getting to watch the parents protect and feed their young and seeing them grow from furry blobs to young birds taking their first flight is quite an experience.”
Based on my fourth-grade book report on peregrine falcons, they can reach speeds of up to 200 mph and can be found almost everywhere on earth — except for Antarctica and New Zealand.
And this is not the first pair of falcons to set up reproductive shop at 77 Beale St. Last year “Dan and Matilda” produced three fluffy babies, which were named Talon, Grace and Flash, by the kindergarten students of Lakeside Elementary in Los Gatos.
This presence of these birds has spurred PG&E into warm-hearted action, and last year the company provided $10,000 to the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group to support its community outreach and education programs.