But a surprise - there was a second eyass hatching - we had missed the pipping of that egg yesterday. The second eyass was still in its half shell.
The tiercel flew in and was clearly aware that something momentous had occurred. He so wanted the formel to get up so he could see what was happening underneath.
He walked around the nest peering fixedly at her, willing her to move....
.... and then practically sat on top of her.
Despite all his efforts, she would not move, so off he flew.
Then she stood up, and we could clearly see the second eyass working hard to get out of its shell - about 7:35 AM.
Mom was interested by this development....
... but then remembered #1 needed feeding again, so back to the rat, and more tiny morsels for the eyass only hours old but already feeding vigorously.
So now we wait for #3......stay tuned!