The last of the two dud eggs from last spring's brood met its demise today. Bobby had dispatched of the contents of the first dud egg a while ago but both adult Hawks tolerated the presence of the last egg until today.
The egg was seen with a big hole in it yesterday morning on the NYU Hawk Nest cam:
The operator of the cam zoomed in on the egg:
At 8:42AM this morning Bobby was fortifying the nest with the egg still in the nest bowl:
Returning paper to the nest bowl:
He flew out of the nest at 9:38AM:
He then flew in and out of the nest a few times while rather hyped up. Back in the nest a couple of minutes later:
Out in a flash:
Back in and out a couple of minutes later:
I had to take a break from the cam but when I resumed watching at 12:37PM he was back in the nest:
He sat at the edge of the nest bowl and contended with the heavy wind gusts (getting knocked off balance at one point).
At 1:10PM he cracked the egg more, disposed of the contents to the side of the nest bowl then picked at the shell lining for a minute:
The state of the nest at 5:02PM:
The nest is now more ready for this spring's brood.