AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sweet news at the University of Texas at Austin is giving hope to birdwatchers and conservationists.
The Peregrine Falcon that lives in the UT Tower, fondly dubbed Tower Girl, has laid her first egg of the year. This news comes just a couple weeks after Tower Girl and her new beau were spotted canoodling around Valentine’s Day.
“This is earlier than the last few years,” wrote avid bird watcher and Tower Girl enthusiast Chris DuCharme in an email. “If she follows the usual behavior she will lay a [sic] egg every other day.”
While most Peregrine Falcons are migratory, Tower Girl has lived in Austin year-round and spends time in both the UT Tower and the downtown area, according to the UT Biodiversity Center website.
“Austin is considered the edge of the peregrine breeding range, so any hatching eggs atop the UT Tower would expand the known breeding range of the species,” UT officials wrote.
In 2018, Tower Girl was visited by a mate in January and she laid two eggs but the male falcon left before the eggs could be fertilized — something that is fairly common, according to UT ornithologist Tim Keitt.
So far, Tower Girl’s mate seems to be helping her keep a watchful eye on the egg. Let’s hope he sticks around. You can keep an eye on this sweet little family with the Falcon Cam here.