Expectant parents making repeat deliveries at their favorite hospital is hardly unusual, but when Outliers heard of one couple who over the years has delivered 50 little bundles of joy at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., we admit we were a bit skeptical.
Turns out we were actually familiar with the prolific couple. Outliers first reported on peregrine falcons Meadow and Brook in 2005 after the arrival of their 30th and 31st babies at the medical center. The couple met at the hospital—19 floors up on a ledge to be exact—14 years ago and have been together ever since. Apparently, the sparks are still flying after all those years. Meadow and Brook recently hatched four new little ones in their little love nest seated along a 17th-floor ledge, bringing the total number of their chicks to be hatched at the hospital to 50. The endangered falcons, who are protected by the New York State Environmental Conservation Department, have been delivering at Nassau University Medical Center since at least 1997, when the state started tracking the family.
The four little ones were recently banded so the state conservation department can track them for historical data.
Four appears to be a special number for the couple, who hatched that exact same number of little ones during their first delivery at the medical center roughly 13 years ago.