Pets, Animals - Birds
Banding planned for Saturday 5/30/15 @ 2pm CDT
Tune in to catch a glimpse of the Raptor Resource Project crew retrieving the eyasses for banding. Banding occurs around 3 weeks when eyasses are growing strong and healthy, but not yet ready to fly. Each chick will receive a set of ankle bling: a purple band from the USFWS, and one to track them in the Midwest Peregrine Database. These bands are small enough to not impact mobility, and loose enough to ensure comfort and safety of these beautiful falcons.
Whenever these bands are read by birders, scientists, or interested parties, their location and status can be recorded in the Midwest Peregrine Database. Each year, we check the bands of our mating pair to see whose offspring our bluffside nest will be housing this season. We were able to ID Michelle and Travis thanks to this database. Someday these chicks will turn up at another nest box and we may hear from them again.
A Flurry of Fluff - 3 Hatches in Less Than a Day, 4th hatch on Saturday
All of our darling fluffballs have arrived!
Egg 1 @ 1:24 p.m. on 5/7/15
Egg 2 @ 3:10 a.m. on 5/8/15
Egg 3 @ 5:40 a.m. on 5/8/15
Egg 4 hatch confirmed @ 4:30 p.m. 5/9/15
See video of these cuties during a shift change from Michelle to Travis. Courtesy of Priscillash/EagleWhisperer18
Baby Pool Winner!
We have a winner! Grandma GSBDweller must have years of experience, or she is just plain lucky, guessing close to just one hour off the actual hatch time. She is thrilled to have the closest guess, but she already has a copy of Laura's story book, "Eggbert", so she has offered this prize to the next closest guessers. Since both Kaiah and Roseanne/redwingrose were about 6 hours off, we'll offer each of them a either an electronic or printed copy of the illustrated story. Congrats to our winners!
Hope Springs Anew in 2015
2014 was a challenging year for a number of reasons including a cold start, four eggs that didn't hatch, a black fly infestation and early fledge for little Macintosh. We watched our resilient falcon family handle the harsh realities of nature and we all learned lessons along the way.
The new season brings with it a crisp new camera, milder conditions so far, and our reliable and loyal Peregrine pair, Michele and Travis, returning on schedule with a productive start on a new generation. Michele spent the night in the nestbox on March 28th and surprised us with an early morning gift wrapped in brown speckles. Both birds have been taking turns guarding their treasure. These two are such wonderful parents. They make great role models if any other falcons are watching out there.
Michelle lays first egg of 2015 @ 12:46 a.m. 3/29/15
Egg 1 - 3/29/15 @ 12:46 a.m.
Thank you eaglewhisperer18 for your vigilant recording efforts.
Falcon courtship, copulation and gifts 3/14/15
Edited snips of copulation and Travis bringing Michelle a treat
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