Condors: Big Day Approaching!

The real egg starts to pip!

The big hatch day is quickly approaching, and our devoted California condor parents, Sisquoc and Shatash, have been patiently caring for and incubating their egg that is now beginning the first stage of hatching. And you can help us name this little chick (details below)! Until now, they’ve been caring for a wooden egg that we refer to as a “dummy” egg. We use a dummy egg as a type of placeholder until their real egg is ready to hatch. It’s not as if we don’t trust them with a real egg; on the contrary, they have proven to be very reliable parents! When we artificially incubate the eggs and let the parents sit on a dummy egg, we can more closely and conveniently monitor the egg’s progress and offer any necessary assistance without disturbing the doting parents. When the real egg is about to hatch, we carefully switch it with the dummy egg while the parents are out in the flight pen eating or sunning. They usually don’t even realize we’ve switched eggs on them; they just return to their incubation duties, but now their egg is moving and squawking underneath them as they sit.

California condor eggs start the hatching process after 53 to 56 days of incubation. The process can first be seen when the air cell begins to quickly expand. The air cell is a pocket of air at the big end of the egg. Next time you crack open a chicken egg at home, look for the air cell. Once the air cell expands against the embryo’s beak, the membrane of the air cell is pierced, initiating pulmonary respiration. This is the first time the condor chick is breathing air, inhaling more oxygen than can enter through the pores of the eggshell. Consequently, carbon dioxide builds up in the egg. This buildup stimulates the chick to start pushing from inside the egg until the shell is finally broken. A dime-sized bump is raised in the shell. This is called a “pip.”

Once the chick pips the shell, more oxygen can enter the egg, and the chick continues with the hatching process. Blood vessels lining the interior of the egg are shut off and the yolk sac is retracted into the chick via its umbilicus. We obviously cannot see these processes, but we can see the chick breathing, pushing or poking at the pip site, nibbling on shell membranes, and enlarging the pip site by breaking more shell. Every once in a while, we can even hear the chick squawk from inside!

When the yolk sac is fully retracted and the blood vessels are ready, the chick begins to rotate inside the egg. As the chick pushes against the interior of the shell, it rotates inside the egg, breaking the shell as it does so. As you can imagine, this is a very tiring activity for the little chick! The parents don’t break off any new shell for the chick, but they do remove broken pieces of shell. When the chick is almost fully rotated, it starts to push harder inside the egg, resulting in the shell expanding until the top of the egg comes off. This is called “capping.” At this point, the parents help the chick more, removing the capped shell or even pulling the bottom of the eggshell off of the chick. At this point, we consider the chick hatched!

The pip-to-hatch period can vary for each species of bird, but for California condors it can last between 48 and 72 hours. We have seen some parent-hatched chicks take a little longer (about 85 hours) to hatch with no ill effects. If all continues to go well, we are expecting Sisquoc and Shatash’s egg to hatch very soon. You can check on them frequently via our Condor Cam, and maybe you’ll get to see the hatch in progress! This is the first time we have been able to show you the inside of a condor nest and the hatching of chick. We hope you enjoy watching as much as we do.

And to make it that much more exciting, we want to hear your suggestions for a name. There is a catch, though! The name must be submitted in the Chumash language and have a special meaning. For example, Sisquoc was named after the first protected space set aside for this species in 1937, the Sisquoc Condor Sanctuary in Los Padres National Forest. Sisquoc is a Chumash word that means “in the thick tule.”

Submit your condor chick name suggestions by posting them on our Facebook wall at facebook.com/sdzglobal or by tweeting them to us at twitter.com/sdzglobal and using the hashtag #CondorName. Don’t post them here, as we want you to get social and suggest a name on Facebook or Twitter! The deadline for name submissions is March 15. Keepers will pick their favorite three names, and we will give you another chance to get involved by voting for your favorite of the three names selected by keepers from your original submissions. Fun prizes will be awarded, so get creative. And happy viewing!

Ron Webb is a senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Read his previous post, Condor Cam: The Proud Parents.

Update: The chick hatched on Saturday morning, March 10! Here’s video…

90 Responses to Condors: Big Day Approaching!

  1. I just found this site because I was wanting to ask a question about the California Condor. Is it possible that a CA Condor could be seen flying over the Crest/Harbison Canyon area?? Earlier this morning, I saw the biggest bird I have ever seen … outside of the Zoo and Park … and it flew over my house … saw it again VERY high in the sky. Just wondering what it could have been.

    Moderator’s note: It’s always wonderful to see a magnificent bird in the sky! A California condor can be easily distinguished from other birds if you know what features to look for when you spot a bird. Start by looking for a numbered tag attached to its wings. Then consider this:

    Turkey vultures and golden eagles are the birds most often confused with condors. A condor has large white stripes on the inside of its wings, whereas the golden eagle and turkey vulture have white on the wingtips rather than a thick white stripe. A mature California condor’s white stripe is brighter than that of an immature or juvenile condor. A mature condor also has a featherless pink head while an immature bird has a featherless black head.

    The size of the wingspan is another giveaway to the bird species. The turkey vulture has the smallest wingspan of the three species at only 6 feet. The golden eagle comes second with a 7-foot wingspan, while the California condor has a 9-foot wingspan. If the bird is too high to really determine its wing size, look at the shape of the wings: there is a slight bend in the turkey vulture’s wings that does not occur in a condor’s wings.

    Please let us know if you still believe the bird you saw was a California condor!

    • The bird I saw was huge and the head was dark, not pink/red. Also, I did NOT see the white stripe so I guess it was not a condor. As for the wing span … it is difficult for me to say for sure, but I would not be surprised if it was 6 to 7 feet across. Thank you for all the information. Whatever it was, it sure was exciting for me to see. From now on, I will be watching the sky more closely.

      Moderator’s note: Happy watching, Becky!

  2. Wonderful news to hear the egg will hatch soon! Too bad I closed down both my Facebook and Twitter accounts for the naming. But I’m sure somebody will pick a beautiful name for the baby.

    Here’s to hoping when the egg does hatch, mom and dad might stand often enough so we get a peek at their chick at times other than feeding. I’ve been watching some barn owl nests and currently the female is very good at guarding the owletts with her wings when she stands and it’s hard to see her new arrivals.

    Will the condors continue to take turns with the chick in terms of protection and feeding duties?

    • California condors share all nest duties: incubating the egg, brooding the chick, feeding the chick, and defending the nest. The time each parent spends with the chick will vary, and as the chick grows and is able to thermoregulate, the parents will begin to leave it unattended in the nest box.

  3. Nice job zooming in just now when the egg was visible!!!! I was able to get a screen shot of it where we can see the small hole!

  4. Will the parents bring food into the nest area when they feed the baby?

    Moderator’s note: Yes, and you’ll be able to observe this activity!

  5. Been meaning to ask, since we don’t have full view of their enclosure, what is the other parent doing when not in the nest? I have yet to actually see both of them together at the same time.

    And one more. Would you ever consider getting a night vision camera? After 5-6pm the cam goes black.

    Moderator’s note: While one parent is in the next box, the other may be in the enclosure yard sunning, eating, or napping.

  6. how about “FREEDOM” i dont facebook or tweet

  7. Is the camera only on during the day?

    Condor Team responds: The cam is on 24 hours, but the nest does not have a light source, so at night the nest is too dark to see the birds.

  8. What happened—can’t get on the webcam–been trying for an hour–looks like it’s turned off–I don’t want to miss it..thanks

  9. I am soooo excited!!! I just saw the little one about 5 minutes ago. After all the get up and move feather plucking from mom, dad moved and showed us the little one. Very brief show, but I saw it!

  10. Looks like we have a chick!! Way to go!

  11. I don’t know what time it hatched but about 12:45 eastern I saw the chick just for a couple seconds.
    Dad sure didn’t want to give up baby setting and let Mom take over and he’s not more then a couple
    feet from her.

  12. Breathtaking! Loved watching the female hogging the chick as the male made tentative “requests”…

    I was honored to be allowed access to the observation blinds during 1988, when Mike Wallace was just setting up breeding pairs for the newly captured California Condors. Thanks to an Arco Foundation grant, I was commissioned to make a series of endangered species wire sculptures for the Los Angeles Zoo… starting with the California Condor, because their status was so critical.

    Sitting in the blind, twisting wire within a few feet of Sespe, Sequioa and/or other condors… I was moved by the spirit and character of the great birds as they soared, sunned, hung like bats from the overhead chain link, preened and/or squabbled. Their head and beak shapes are so complex, it took three tries before I felt I had a wire condor head that might approach acceptability. When I took it to Mike Wallace for feedback, he knew at a glance which bird it was! Green light…

    I’m thrilled that the California condor population is rallying, and look forward to having some re-introduced on tribal land up here in northern California. Kudos to all of you who have dedicated yourselves to saving the condors!

  13. It was awsome to see thwe male come in to set for a spell just a few minutes ago. He wasn’t on the egg very long when he got up to allow the female back on the egg. The egg has hatched and the chick was very visible completely out of the egg. (approxiamtely 10:35am) I watched from Missouri just outside of Branson. Great Job San Diego Zoo.

  14. So we have a new baby!!!!! How exciting. The parents seem pretty agitated… are they just excited or is there something wrong?? They seem to really be treating it roughly. If there was a problem, would you step in and take the chick to help???

    Moderator’s note: Yes, staff would assist the chick if required.

  15. The chick is hatched and the parents seem to be fighting over who gets to sit on it. What little I see of it does not appear to be moving. Hope it is OK.

  16. It the baby chick ok? The parents almost seemed to be … arguing over who was going to sit on the baby … passing it back and forth … and when they both backed up for a moment, the baby did not seem to move … hope it is just tired from the trial of hatching. Congratulations on the new baby!

  17. Thanks for the wonderful coverage of this event. The news outlets did a great job of letting people know, thanks to your press releases, and I never would have believed that I would be lucky enough to be watching the web cam at just the right time to have witnessed the arrival. What a fun experience! I can hardly wait until the baby is visible and a bit more active.

    • I just stumbled upon the condor cam on Saturday for the very first time. And LUCKY ME, five minutes after I started to watch, there was baby condor falling out of the shell. What a thrill! I feel so privileged to have watched the birth and see the happy family.

      I remember seeing the condors in the 1980s at the San Diego Zoo. Best wishes to the condors and to all at the San Diego Zoo! Thank you for preserving these great condors!

  18. Hii in SanDiego Zoo I live in denmark and are watchen this mirackel happens .. I really love the web cam Thanks to you for having it .. love Hanne from denmark

  19. I keeop trying to view the condor cam and all i het is the spinning wheel/page loading thingy over the conders image in the nest box. What’s wrong with the live feed!??

    Moderator’s note: What type of system are you using to view Condor Cam?

  20. I just saw baby chick online! Dad was leaving and mom was taking over. It’s too Cute!! I am so excited I got to
    see the new baby!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Linda

  21. Is there a baby yet? Looks like the egg in the corner and the parent keeps looking down.

  22. Congratulations to all! Just saw the little one. It’s hilarious to watch mom and dad argue over who’s going to take care of the baby. Dad pushes mom off and mom does the same to dad. Hope the baby can take all the action.

  23. I Topa Topa still alive ? This was the first Condor at the LA Zoo in the late 1960′s. I was part of the initial capture team when he was first found in Matilija Canyon, Ventura in the Fall of 1967.

    • Yes, Topa Topa is still alive and still fathering chicks at the Los Angeles Zoo!

  24. i am in awe of these beautiful, loving parents.
    what an incredible event – i am so grateful to have been able to witness this hatching.
    thank you!
    and good luck to the chick and parents.

  25. I just staring watching and learning about these wonderful birds after hearing about the condor-cam on the news a few days ago. I was lucky enough to see the chick and how much both parents want to care for it. Congratulations “team condor” and thank you for sharing, you made an ok day a great day.

  26. Have they started feeding the chick yet? If they did I’m afraid I missed it. :(

    • Yes they have. It happens throughout the day, so keep your eagle eye…we mean condor eye…on it!

  27. The condor cam is a great way to enable folks to view the condor family. I so enjoy watching! Thanks for all your hard work.

  28. What does ‘Baby Chick ‘ eat ? I saw it this morning when the Dad moved. Too darn cute.

    • The chick eats the same food as the parents. In fact, the parents regurgitate their meal, such as spleen, rabbit, or rat, to feed the chick smaller pieces. Not the most appealing for us, but it creates healthy condors!

  29. YAY! It hatched :-) How wonderful!!! And, on my birthday!!
    This is so very exciting! Wish I had the time to go to San Diego some time soon :-)

    Moderator’s note: What a special birthday buddy you have, Jackie!

    • Yes, a VERY special buddy :-) I am *VERY* excited!!

  30. I can see it right now! Mom and Dad switched places and I saw first a glimpse then movement!!! So cute!!!!! So exciting! While the parent was settling in, many small glimpses of the beautiful baby :-) Beautiful and precious!!!

  31. I’m somewhat confused and disappointed. Whenever I check the webcam the circle symbol rotates, an image appears for a few moments and all of it then disappears. I’ve checked in a few times over the last few days and caught sight of the parents, and moments ago caught sight of one parent—but no movement and no baby condor. Will videos be available soon?
    Thank you.
    p.s. Have enjoyed some of the other videos and blogs re condors. Fascinating.
    ear

    Moderator’s note: What type of device are you using? For example, the cam does not work on iPads.

    • I’m using a MacBook Pro. Just caught quick glimpse of parent resting its head on the floor. then all went dark.

      Moderator’s note: Anyone seeing this fade to black on a Mac should be able to work around it by going into the flash player settings and un-checking the “enable hardware acceleration” box. Once you do that, you’ll need to restart. Everything should then work fine.

  32. What a great shot of the baby alone. He’s sitting up on his backside like a big bird already. Strong little guy.

  33. How many days will it be before the chick begins to feed?

    • The chick began to eat from day one. Keep watching, and eventually you’ll see it happen as the chick needs more and more food.

  34. Is number 28 the female?

    Moderator’s note: No, that’s Sisquoc. Our females do not have numbered tags.

  35. I just got a great glimpse of the chick when Mom ran Dad off because he was getting too close.

    When will they start feeding the chick or have they already and I missed it.

    I assume that at some point, the chick will get a vet checkup. When would this take place?

    • The parent-reared chicks get their first vaccination and quick check up at 45 days old.

  36. Just saw the baby condor and it was full of movement! The dad seemed to want to trade places with mom but she didn’t want to so she moved away from the baby and the baby was moving around! So cool to see!

  37. I have yet to see the chick being fed…what time of day does that happen?

    • Feeding occurs whenever the chick is hungry. There is no set schedule.

      • I realize that the parents feed the chick but it doesn’t seem to be very often, wondered if it was morning and afternoons or maybe the parents hunker over the chick and I can’t see the feeding process due to the angle of the camera. Do the parents regurgitate food or give it pieces?

  38. Got to see the Egg and then a day later Mom just walked away and there was the little (guy)girl!!! Wow
    how exciting! um my name suggestion is “Mistoyo” which means rainbow in Chumash. :) Good work to
    all who are involved in this great conservation effort.

    Moderator’s note: If you participate in Facebook or Twitter, be sure to submit your name suggestion to our Facebook wall or Twitter page.

  39. Would it be possible to add sound to the condor cam?

    Moderator’s note: That would be nice, but having sound would add considerably to our cost.

  40. I just posted a great screen shot to the Facebook page.
    Is it my imagination or does Mom seem to be hogging the duties. Is this usual, unusual or what? I’m also curious as to when the chick will be fed…I would think it needs food by now.

    • It seems as if lately Mom has been doing the duties. Yesterday and today (3-11 and 3-12-2012) I have only seen Dad for one tour of duty. Operating the webcam 4 to 6 hours a day gives me a lot of watching time.

  41. I’d watched off and on the before and actaully saw the baby for a few fleeting seconds! Very exciting – I live in England but have followed the hatching

  42. Looks as if Shatash is aware of the camera watching her and baby. Wish everyone would watch the Condor Cam; they would see how incredible nature is and why it’s critical to protect all earth’s animals.

  43. Congratulations on the baby!

    I have a concern.
    Mom is often staring at the camera.
    It may be because she is under stress from the camera or her own image moving in the lens??

    Best wishes for the family!

    • Thank you for your concern. We think the condors can hear a slight buzz from the camera when it moves, which makes them look up at it. We’ve had cameras in the nests for years, and these are actually quieter than the older ones, so it’s not new and therefore shouldn’t be stressing them out. We do keep an eye on this, and if we see any behavior we don’t like, we will take steps to impact them less!

      • Thank you for the reply! It is so relieving. Now Shatash makes me smile when she looks up!
        I appreciate all the work you made for the condors. Great job!

  44. I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments. I have many of the same questions and comments, so will wait to read the answers the others receive. It is great to find so many people from other countries watching this exciting event, too! Congratulations on a successful new birth to all involved–human and condor.

  45. SUCCESS! Finally had the baby condor on camera all alone from 12:21 to 12:24 p.m. 3-12-2012. Chick was standing and able to move and turn quite easily. Was picking at bits on the floor. Was also watching the day the egg was broken which I believe was 3-10-2012 and saw the egg when it had its first chip on the first day of watch 3-8-2012.

  46. What a little cutie! Watching it stick its head out from under moms wing is funny. Looks like it’s plenty healthy and strong. Great job everyone and thank you for the cam.

  47. So exciting to see the chick this morning, Feb. 13, at 10:45am. Watched as mom sat, stretched, and then took off. Baby was active and alert, trying to eat whatever was around, stretching its tiny wings, and looking happy to explore. What a treat for my first view of the new condor!

  48. Q Do you have more information concerning this pair? How long they have been mates, how may egg hatchings have been
    sucessful, etc. They seem to fight over the baby, today, mom attacked dad and would’nt let him near the baby. Is this normal behavior for condors? He put his head down and seemed sad and afraid of her. “Human emotion on my part?” all
    information you have available will be appreciated. The more I watch, the more beauty I see.

    Thank you San Diego Zoo for everything you do for animals.
    Sherry

    Moderator’s note: Be sure to read Ron’s previous post, Condor Cam: The Proud Parents for great info about Sisquoc and Shatash.

  49. I had the same question about the parentings and are they really fighting or is it something else. They sometimes don’t seem to want to give up their spot?

  50. I used to think the California Condor was …. so ugly … sorry … but true …. but after watching them for this short time, I must agree with Sherry (above) who said: “The more I watch, the more beauty I see”. I am so glad you are sharing this event with us. It is so interesting to watch.

    Moderator’s note: You’ve made my day, Becky!

  51. Watching the family brings some peace to my workday. They truly are beautiful.

    I don’t know if this is the place to ask, but upon visiting the Safari Park, can visitors come see the condor’s? Probably not the nesting pair, but any for public show? I know the LA zoo has the breeding facility, not for public eyes as to not spook them. Really looking forward to my first visit down there next month and I would love to see the condor’s.

    Moderator’s note: When visiting the Safari Park, be sure to explore Condor Ridge for an up-close look at these amazing birds. The Zoo also now has condors on exhibit, located in Elephant Odyssey. We hope you enjoy your visit!

  52. I was just watching the cam and dad was brooding the baby, mom appeared on the scene and he chased her away twice that I saw. Poor mom. The chick is so cute with his lovely white coat.

  53. For Jen, who is planning to visit the Park: I have not seen the Condors at Elephant Odyssy, but I have walked up to Condor Ridge in the past. It was a long, but very pleasant walk. There is one other option. When my mom turned 84 years old, she wanted to ride the zip line at the Park, for her birthday. I think it cost us about $70.00 each but the money helps the animals. Anyway, after some training in the lower part of the Park, they put us in a truck and drove us up to the entrance to the zip line. On the way, a Park employee talked all about the Condors and we stopped to see them before we rode the zip line back to the lower part of the Park. It was a lot of fun and we got the most current Condor information as a bonus. Just a thought … and … no, I don’t work for the Park … I just live nearby.

    Moderator’s note: Yes, the truck that takes participants to the Flightline launch pad does indeed go right by our off-exhibit “condorminiums.” Soar like a condor!

    • I would absolutely love to zipline above the park, and perhaps I’ll get to in the future (actually get to do it next week in Boulder City for the first time so I’m excited about that). When I come down, I’m coming with my mom. We’re going to do the deluxe caravan tour (the one that has 5 exhibits). So hopefully that might cover some condors. She’s one that loves walking/hiking so that should be fun even if we go on foot. Any suggested time to go condor viewing?

      Will be at the Zoo for the first time in many years this coming Monday, hopefully the rain will let up and I will see if I can catch a glimpse with the Elephants as a sneak peak :)

      Moderator’s note: Our condors at both facilities are out and about all day. Have a great time on your visit!

      • Went to the Zoo on Monday (avoided the bulk of the rain). Spent a long while watching the Condors. One of the young ones decided to come check out the humans behind the glass and provided me with excellent photo opportunities. They really are spectacular, especially up close and personal. Glad they have them on exhibit, it really is special.

        Was nice to hear many people come up the hill spot the condors and have a ‘woah, awesome!’ as they headed over to them, instead of ‘wow, what ugly birds.’ Could tell some found a new appreciation of them.

        Moderator’s note: Thank you for sharing, Jen!

  54. Condor chick in view four minutes (2:14 to 2:18 p.m.) today March 15, 2012. Longest I have ever seen. If you see chick you are very fortunate! I would say he is in view a lot less than 1% of the time.

  55. I have been keeping the condor cam active on both my work and home computers and I check in whenever I can. Today was also the best view I’ve had of the chick at around 4:02 pm when it was alone in the nest and checking out his surroundings. Dad then reentered the nest, and for a while I was able to watch them interacting before leaving to drive home. When I got here, baby is just the ball of fluff sticking out above dad’s wing. It’s somehow so rewarding to see the hope for the condors that has come from the captive breeding programs and to also see the instinctive behaviors of mother and father as they care for the baby.

  56. Wow, am I lucky. Just took a moment to check on the condor chick and I not only got to see dad finally with the chick, but the chick, too. The last few days when I checked on the family, mom was chasing dad away. He would occasionally get glimpses of the chick when the mom would stand up and move a bit, but that was all. Still haven’t been able to see them feed the chick, but I’m sure that will come later. When the chick opens its mouth sometimes it looks as though it might be chirping or making a noise. Is it?

    Moderator’s note: Yes, the chicks are quite vocal. ;-)

  57. I saw the Chick being fed yesterday morning!

  58. just saw daddy feeding the Chick! around 2:50 pacific time. So cute!

  59. After reading all the comments above, it appears that both the mom and dad condor can be selfish at times. They apparently work it out without any blood shed! lol I also agree with those who say condors, especially the chick, are actually quite cute. The bald heads have pretty color markings and, to me, they appear to have kind eyes. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, for sure!

    I can’t believe the chick is 6 days old today. Is it growing and maturing at the expected rate? Thanks for the great work and dedication everyone!

  60. We are having SOOO much fun watching this great adventure. What a great way for us to learn about life science. We thought studying the endangered species of wolves was interesting until we learned about the condors. Your condor cam is so cool! We watch every day! Our compliments go out to the zoo, the condor keepers, and especially the people who control the camera… you do a great job of zooming in just at the right time for us to see the little one. Many thanks for what we know is an experience of a lifetime.

    Moderator’s note: You have made our day! You are very welcome.

  61. Oh, my goodness! What is fat, fuzzy and too adorable?: our condor chick with the hiccups … at least it looked like it had the hiccups a few moments ago … he/she sure looks healthy and thriving. When will we know if this is a girl or boy?

  62. oops … answered my own question by reviewing the messages above … first check-up will be in 45 days … that is probably when we will know if it is a boy or girl ..

  63. Mrs. Griffith’s 5th Grade class must have been watching when I was watching. The baby was alone for a period of 10 minutes and then only partially covered for another 2 minutes. I waited 2 minutes after Dad left before I started to zoom in for a close shot and Mom came 10 minutes later. The most I had ever seen before was 4 minutes. The baby was in view all alone just as I started writing this comment, also.

  64. I keep trying to watch the webcam, but I can’t get it to work. So sad! I’m on a MacBook too, tried the flash player work-around, but still getting only fade-to-black. Hopefully baby bird is doing well, I am sending happy thoughts anyway!

    Moderator’s note: We are sorry to hear you can’t enjoy our Condor Cam, Jesse. This is indeed a problem with MacBook. Adobe has released an updated flash player that corrects this problem for most macs. So there are now two possible solutions: disable the hardware acceleration or try upgrading the flash player to the latest.

  65. 3:21PM He/she precious chick looks so lonely hiding in the concrete corner……

  66. At what age will the baby start getting it’s pin feathers?
    It’s a beautiful baby. Mom and Dad are taking great care of it.

    • You will begin to see pin feathers at 3 to 5 months of age.

  67. The condor chick has been alone for a long time this afternoon. Where are the parents?

  68. IS THE CHICK SICK ? DID THE PARENTS ABANDON THE CHICK ? HE/SHE HAS BEEN ON ITS OWN FOR QUITE AWHILE.

    Moderator’s note: Not to worry, the chick is fine! Its parents take well-deserved breaks.

  69. Here in the Netherlands you have alot of fans trying to see the chick everyday. With the 9 hour time difference we get a bit frustrated, but hope to see more of him/her soon. How about a new weblog from the keepers about how the chick is doing, what the parents give him to eat, etc? Here we have webcams on various dens, nests, etc
    site: www (dot) beleefdelente.nl. Try it-last year storks, owls, foxes, etc! Greetings from Holland!

    Moderator’s note: Hello to our fans in the Netherlands! Look for a new blog post on Monday.

  70. There were a couple of times yesterday that the chick could be seen for more than 30 minutes each, once was in the morning and the other time was in the 2-5 p.m. time period. I think he (she) standing in the corner fast asleep while leaning against the wall. When zoomed in after the adult leaves, chick takes a step or two in any direction and then seems to change to another direction quite abruptly. Chick never seems to take more than 3 steps in any direction before changing direction so is usually quite close to the wall most of the time. When the adult is on or near the chick, it covers most of the chick. The really cute thing is when the adult seems to sort of sit on the chick, its head pops up and then drops down into the normal position. I have seen toys that did this sort of thing but never an animal. The head and neck go straight up while the body is standing still and then drops as fast as it goes up. I have to admit that it takes a lot of looking to see the chick uncovered, but it is now becoming more and more frequent so if you have the patience and keep watching you may be rewarded with some very interesting views!

  71. 3-27-2012 Was hard to find this blog again and I see no entries since my last one. Just wanted to say that the condor parents are leaving the chick for longer and longer periods of time. Usually the longest times are in the afternoon. This afternoon there was no adult present for my entire 3-5 p.m. shift. Dad did show up at 4:57 p.m. Would suggest people watch during this time period for a fairly reliable time period when the chick can be seen. Enjoy!