UPDATE (5/6): Despite just about everyone throwing in the towel and declaring these eggs unviable, Violet and Bobby persevered — one of their eggs hatched today!
It’s a sad day for fans of Violet and Bobby, the avian couple nesting on top of Bobst. It’s looking like their eggs are not going to hatch, despite recent reports to the contrary. Violet has been taking care of her three eggs since March 24, and the usual gestation time for hawk eggs is 35 days at most. Yesterday marked the 36th day.
As Jeremy Friedman, director of NYU’s Sustainability office, told us, “It is looking like, barring a miracle, Bobby and Violet may be out of luck. They turned out to be very good parents-in-waiting — attentive, reliable and responsible in caring for their eggs.” However, the eggs could have been doomed from the start: “one likely explanation is that they didn’t successfully fertilize the eggs in the first place.”
On a more positive note, there’s always next year. Violet and Bobby will have plenty of opportunities to learn how to fertilize eggs properly and start a whole new family. Our condolences to them in this difficult time.