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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:58 am    Post subject: Peregrine Falcon nest Mississippi River bluffs  Reply with quote

     


The aero-dynamic Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine banded Falcons Michele (7 years) and Travis (9 years)
LIVE Cam - BE SURE to see the beautiful photo below the live falcon cam
http://www.ustream.tv/greatspiritblufffalcons

Michele and Travis questions, RR
http://raptorresource.blogspot.co...avis-and-peregrine-questions.html

My notes
March 31, 2013  Easter Sunday  I began this blog.  No egg laid yet

Both male and female came to the box before noon
I saw Michele lay down facing right, then left, then front - as if trying to find a favorite place to lay
She kind of swims around in the gravel
3.06 pm  cheep cheep!  She's back  Smile
Quick snow shower
4.00pm - 5.00pm  another falcon around, male declaring his territory thru incessant peeping
6.21 pm  mating - she perched on extension and he came from behind and - she went into box
Mating end of video, very quick.  She sits out on perch, bows, he flies in and - plants egg seeds
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/30717743


Peregrine Falcon Development - Age Guide
When do chicks do what
http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/info/ageguide.html


Raptor Resource notes
RRP help repopulate them after DDT, helping re-introduce falcons to the bluffs
The Raptor Resource Project is partnering with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to preserve bluffland for peregrines, eagles and other wildlife species.

Peregrine falcons are reclaiming their historic nest sites on the bluffs of the Mississippi River near LaCrescent in SE Minnesota
I have driven that hiway and am getting tears in my eyes from memories of long ago
http://www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/environment/falcon/faq.aspx
http://www.raptorresource.org/pdf/2000summary.pdf

The Peregrine (wandering) falcon is a sleek, crow-sized bird of prey.
It grows between 15 and 21 inches long with a wingspan of up to 40 inches.
Males are about a third smaller than females.
Fluffy white as eyasses (chicks), their down is replaced by brown feathers in 3 to 5 weeks.
The Peregrine is one of 6 falcons found in the United States.
The others are Gyrfalcon, Prairie Falcon, Merlin, American Kestrel, and the Aplomado Falcon.

The Peregrine is the fastest animal in the world, diving at speeds that can reach over 200 miles per hour.
The falcon catches other birds in flight by diving on them from above.  
As she begins her stoop, she rolls, cups her wings around her body, and tucks in her feet.
http://raptorresource.blogspot.co...we-wait-for-eggs-to-hatch-in.html

GSBDweller: Box is on our family property. Blessed to be linked with RRP efforts

In 2012 there were 4 eggs laid, 1 didnt hatch, 1 chick disappeared.
Jun 2, 2012 Saturda
y 10:54am CDT,This is what is written below cam,Missing falcon
One of the falcons is missing from the box. We do not know what happened, since the camera was offline at the time. No one was out at or cleaning the camera when the young falcon disappeared. It is possible that one of the parents accidentally knocked the young falcon out - we have seen this happen before. It is also possible that the young falcon was predated by another bird.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A430yZeF1bs


2012 season
Michele laid 4 eggs.  One was not viable, for whatever reason.  3 hatched.
June 2, 2012  One of the baby falcons is missing from the box in the afternoon.
RRP does not know what happened, since the camera was offline at the time.
It is possible that one of the parents accidentally knocked the young falcon out.
It is also possible that the young falcon was predated by another bird.
The missing eyass is Cassie. The remaining two are named Christine & Maggie.
This nest box is located on a cliff in MN. This bluff preserved by MN Land Trust.
The female is Michelle (P/87), a 2005 hatch from Maassen's bluff. Travis is the male (06/N) from Lee's Bluff, Lynxville, WI, another cliff-born falcon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6mLNSqoxp8

Mississippi River is Drying Up
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about3505.html

June 17, 2013  the early fledge (fludge)
http://cj.myfreeforum.org/about4326.html


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Female on perch outside, bows, male flys in and plants egg seeds


This pair are laying eggs over a week later than in 2012
PEFA eggs are incubated for 29 to 33 days
The eggs are laid 2 days apart


APRIL,  2013
EGG 1  -  Ap  8 at 1.00 pm
EGG 2  -  Ap 10  at 7.53 pm
EGG 3  -  Ap 13  at 5.47 am  
EGG 4  -  Ap 15 at 9.56am  
PEFA eggs are incubated for 29 to 33 days


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

April 1  notes
The pair did NOT spend the night at the box
6.03am very LOUD squawking
6.09am She's in nest peeping, he joins, both peep, he's off, fast lil sucker
he calls, she jumps to outer perch, assume mating off cam
6.14  loud squawking off cam near, likely mating again. sheesh
6.34 she returns into box, trav screaming out there somewhere, she hops out to offcam perch
9.15am  she flies into box, lay to the left front of it. she really looks as if she is laying an egg NOW
9.24 am  she is peeping, then she LEFT!
 -  in and out of box off and on all day
3.45pm  she has prey on a cliff ledge.  First time I saw either of them with prey
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April 2  notes
OBSERVATION   PEFA have crops

6.03am Travis comes and perches noisily on his fav perch
6.04 Michele goes straight into the box, her squawking amplied
6.08am Michele came out of nest on to bottom pole, bows and trav comes, mates
6.16 sheesh whooppee agin
6.23 both in box making a racket, trav says - lay it baby - just LAY it
6.38 Michele comes in box, Travis follows in minute later
7.00am  IR to daylite
7.09  mating
8.10am Michele in box - near corner
9.19am  M in box, moves to perch on box edge, peeps, Bob Smith said its T
9.26  bird still on box edge
9.27 both inside box having a peep-a-thon - bowing ritual
9.40am  Michele perched on edge of box  9.50 still there
1.51pm bird on box edge - M ?
2.09pm  T perched on box
2.36 - back,  body surfing in gravel
3.08 M peeping and bowing
4.00pm peeping PEFA in box
5.30pm  I hear a PEFA close by and its sounds like they are mating on the extension
5.34pm  both in box bowing peeping, one left, one stayed to preen
5.40  she flew from box to top of cam!  

lotta in and outta box, both birds, I cant tell one from other
Sounds off cam have indicated possible matings also


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

     
Left - Travis  -  Right - Michele
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April 3 notes
OBSERVATION
  I didnt see a lot of them today

6.00am  they arrive
6.30  he brot food, teased her, and both flew off hahahaa
  M is swimming in her gravel.  Thats gotta hurt
12.53pm Michele in box
2.15pm  Michele in box peeping solftly
7.00pm  There sits Michele the pretty falcon perched outside box
7.22pm Michele in box
7.34  she left
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    TRAVIS inside,  Michele out on perch

April 4 notes
3 am  birds did not overnite in box
6.02am  welcome to the peep n bow show - both in box, Trav left quick, M stayed, then hopped to outer perch
6.14 M back in house
6.22am  both in house with - O MY! a big - uh - pigeon?
6.52  bird in box - *straining!* - sneezed haha - M I think
6.56  M is preening in the box, good sign, and she is F A T
7.14am  she hops out  Shocked
10.20am M in box peeping, then hops out
11.51am peeping pefa
1.53pm  I hear them squeeling nearby
2.16pm  Michele peepin on the perch
2.36pm  the peep n bow show.  both in box, Trav left, M stayed
2.45pm  M has assumed the egg laying position - - then LEAVES!  ONO!  Shocked
4.04pm  bird in box, bird out again, went to perch
both in box, peep n bow, both out - so quick I couldnt get a picture
4.13pm  M in box peeping
4.31pm  M in, M out
5.29pm  making babies on the perch, then M sits there n preens
6.07pm  mating again
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     Apr 5 PEFA peep n bow, best show off TV!

April 5 notes
6.00 am  the PEFA peep n bow show, and I FINALLY got a scap of it!
6.08  offcam mating, probly on outer perch ext
-  M in house, quiet
6.21am  M hops up, hops out, hops to perch, squawks
7.22am  Travis was perched outside, Michele flew into box peeping, Travis flew off
11.45am  bird on perch in sun
12.35pm both in box for the PEFA peep n bow show
4.15pm  Michele shows up in the box
6.00pm  about  Travis brot prey to Michele, she took it, and both flew off
- it was snowing, rain-sleeting in the evening


April 6 notes
6.08am I hear PEFA - they're 5 minutes late, there - one in box peeping
6.21am  M in box peeping
7.27am  peeping in box
10.45 am  perched PEFA  - and poof! gone
11.14am PEFA
12.50pm  peeping pefa - perched, now in house - M I think
2.45pm  Travis showed up - peeping
3.04pm  the PEFA peep n bow show
 -   RAINING
6.25pm  Michele in the house - then out
7.19pm  Travis peeping on the perch


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April 7 notes
5.50am no one home yet, shd be soon, egg today?
6.04am  Travis entered house, peeped, M came in, T left, M hopped to perch
6.14am mating on perch
6.27am  M in box
6.53am  mating on the perch again
7.22am  mating again
7.50am  sitting on perch
11.45am  Travis is back on perch after having been gone
havent seen Michele since 8 am
11.50am  Michele in house
1.10pm  mating again
1.50pm  Michele on perch
3.09pm  Michele on perch
5.30pm  Michele returns, goes in house
6.55pm  Travis brings dinner, Michele shows up on the roof, accepts, both fly off
8.10pm  Michele has been in the box for at least half hour - looks like laying time

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