Pinnacles National Park announced on social media that a condor egg hatched there.
It happened over Easter weekend at the national park in San Benito County. According to an announcement made on Facebook:
As of March 29, the determined chick had managed to peck a hole about the size of a quarter through the egg. This chick will be the second offspring of the parents, male condor 340 and female condor 236. In 2016, they raised a nestling in the same cliff cavity.
Condors raise only one chick every two years, so both parents invest lots of time and energy in their young. 340 and 236 have proven to be successful parents before, so we have high hopes that this nestling will continue their legacy of contributing to the condor population. Stay tuned – hopefully we will have updates of a fuzzy condor chick to report soon!
The park also reported:
On Easter Sunday 1987, the last wild condor was brought into captivity to save the species from extinction.
There are now 290 condors in the wild, with 90 of them belonging to central coast flock, excludiing the new chick.
Our nest cam parents, 167 and 190’s chick hatched over the weekend.
You can catch a glimpse of the chick on our live streaming nest cam at http://ventanaws.org/condor_cam/ though the chick will be spending most of its time keeping warm and safe underneath a parent.
Photos courtesy of Pinnacles National Park below: