Pets, Animals - Birds
6.30/14: Mac Visits the Cedar Snag
Mac joined us on the cedar snag this morning for a serendipitous visit. GSBDweller was panning the snag and Macintosh showed up at just the right moment. He gave us a nice view of his juvie colors and left us showing off his new found flight skills. We're so grateful all has turned out well so far for our lone hatch this season.
Macintosh Visits Cedar Snag
6/29/14: Mac Flies to Bluff, Parents Deliver Food
Macintosh First Seen on Bluff
6/22/14: Mac Seen Again This Morning
Mac Goes Out of View
6/21/14: Mac Seen in Tree Below
On Saturday, a viewer noticed movement in a tree below. GSBDweller zoomed in on the area noted, and found Macintosh clinging to the branches of a dead tree. A while later, we were able to witness Michelle bringing him food and feeding him. He appears to be healthy, uninjured, and doing well.
Michelle Feeds Mac in Tree
6/17/14: Early Fledge Again
At approximately 5:45pm, Macintosh fell from the nest box while attempting to jump to the perch to escape black flies or gnats. Michelle was right there and swooped down after him. We heard him below, vigorously begging food from Mom and Dad, who appear to be responding. This is a repeat of what we saw happen last year, when at least 3 of our 4 eyasses survived the fall and were seen actively flying within a couple of weeks. We will hope for the same success this year.
Mac Falls Trying to Escape Gnats
6/7/14: It's a Boy!
Today our lone eyas was banded and officially named Macintosh after the apple orchards surrounding this bluff top area. The banding schedule was moved up due to afternoon storm predictions and already eroding conditions that would not likely improve. All went smoothly, the box was cleaned, gravel replaced and swabbed with vanilla to repel gnats and flies. Mac was placed back in the box after a brief banding process was calm and relaxed in his familiar surroundings.
Midwest Peregrine database id: E/70
USFWS band id: 1156-14940
5/21/14: Michelle removes 3rd non-viable egg
Unseasonably cool April weather
Check out this temperature data for this April. This is likely what happened to Travis and Michelle's eggs. She laid them between April 4th and April 13th. Between April 4th and April 30th there were 6 nights in the 20s, 13 nights in the 30s, and 6 nights in the low 40s. There were also cold nights in early May. Travis struggled to keep the eggs covered (males are 30% smaller than females and cannot thermoregulate).
5/18/14: We have a hatch at 12:56 a.m.
Check out the first feeding video highlight.
First 2014 feeding
5/9/14: One non-viable egg breaks up.
4/14/14: Michelle and Travis have produced 5 eggs this year.
Egg 1 laid at 7.27 am April 4
Egg 2 laid at 1.10 pm April 6
Egg 3 laid at 7:47 pm April 8
Egg 4 laid at 4.36 am April 11
Egg 5 laid at 12:57 pm April 13
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