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Title: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 09, 2018, 08:35:01 AM
Michelle has had a long preening session this morning. Newman has been keeping the eggs toasty.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 09, 2018, 12:23:49 PM
The weather predictor.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on April 09, 2018, 12:31:49 PM
The weather predictor.


Thanks everyone.   :)

Lano, that "GSB Phil" better hide and stay hidden.  After this long, hard winter, he is not going to win any popularity contests.   :P ::) ;) :D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 09, 2018, 03:07:03 PM
LOL, I was thinking the same about old "GSB Phil"  :) 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 10, 2018, 07:29:33 AM
Michelle comes in. Newman on lookout.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: mrsfalcon on April 10, 2018, 09:08:55 AM
No, Phil!!! No more winter!

Amy
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 11, 2018, 10:39:40 AM
Around 10:15am, Michelle left nest and I heard a prey exchange off camera. She flew to eat on the outcrop.
Camera operator found her hideaway. ♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 12, 2018, 01:20:40 PM
Michelle and GSB Phil atop the bluff. She did not seemed bothered by him. She does a wing stretch.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 13, 2018, 03:59:16 PM
Phil has a good home!
His own flying alarm clock lol if an eagle threatens!
Beautiful pics!

John and Amy - thanks for fixing Sherco cam!
They have ONE egg
Any chance you can coax it to stream- and restore audio?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 14, 2018, 04:39:11 PM
Newman keeps eggs warm during spring snow, wind and cold.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 14, 2018, 06:07:19 PM
He looks like he's sayin -
a male's gotta do what a male's gotta do

 8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 14, 2018, 08:16:43 PM
Yes Shep! I can imagine what I'd be saying. 8)
Wind is whippin, snow is blowing. Grateful they have a covered nest. Michelle keeping her eggs toasty.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on April 14, 2018, 08:24:58 PM
Lano, thanks for all the great pics and posts!  :)

Newman!  Awww...   He is one of pefa heroes... keeping those eggs protected in harsh conditions and looking after his girl, Michelle, too.  :-* :-*  This is a great pefa team!  I wish them continued health and success.   :) :-* :-*

My many thanks and admiration are all still going out to Bob Anderson and all of RRP (that's the RRP Board, staff, volunteers, contributors, followers, cheerleaders... all! ) for continuing Bob's legacy.  (((HUGS)))
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on April 14, 2018, 08:26:18 PM
Thanks, Lano.  And now Mama Michelle takes her turn.   :-* :-* :-*

I hope everyone in the path of the storms stays safe.  Take care, all.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 16, 2018, 07:52:15 AM
Michelle takes over incubation. They have done a great job keeping the eggs protected.
10:00am, Newman comes in to relieve Michelle
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 17, 2018, 10:26:50 AM
Michelle has spent most of the morning atop the bluff. Newman is incubating. An eagle passes over bluff.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on April 17, 2018, 10:35:02 AM
That's beautiful, it looks like a painting.  Thanks Lano.  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 17, 2018, 01:30:28 PM
You're Welcome Nora. It's hard to NOT get a pretty picture here at the bluff.
Michelle on upper bluff earlier this morning as a barge passes.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 18, 2018, 02:19:35 PM
A quick change over during yet another snowy day. Michelle ready to head out.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on April 18, 2018, 05:35:38 PM
Great s'caps, Lano!  Thank you!   :)

Go away snow!!   ;) :D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 18, 2018, 05:42:20 PM
Thank you and it's my pleasure, Baz.  Our lady in the bluff looks pretty with the snow.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 19, 2018, 06:39:47 AM
Michelle, Thursday morning. Something caused her to get a tad bit annoyed. She flew to nest box branch but Newman was too comfy on eggs. :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 19, 2018, 10:10:16 AM
Pretty take off by Michelle.♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 19, 2018, 11:29:39 AM
Another pretty view of Michelle
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on April 19, 2018, 04:06:22 PM
Nice ones!

I had to laugh looking at the quick change.  Kind of cool when you can't see Newman unless you really look and the extra feet...........  ;)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 20, 2018, 12:47:44 PM
Nora, I thought it was funny how Newman was hidden by Michelle, except for his beak and feet. ;)
Barges rollin thru.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 21, 2018, 11:18:46 AM
Earlier, Michelle was on eggs, I heard prey exchange from box branch perch, Newman comes in. He's become quite the egg wrangler.
Newman was not happy with whomever was in their no fly zone.
Great camera work spots Newman.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on April 22, 2018, 12:15:09 AM
Wow that shot of Newman with his tail all fanned out!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 22, 2018, 08:43:09 AM
Nora, the camera operator knows all the hiding spots!  :)
Sunday morning, Michelle and 4 egglets.
9:27am, Passerby
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 24, 2018, 01:00:42 PM
Tuesday morning at GSB.
Afternoon jays
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 24, 2018, 02:52:23 PM
The blue of the jay.  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 25, 2018, 09:31:24 AM
As incubation marches on, Michelle and Newman take it in stride. Michelle flew from atop the bluff, she then came to relieve Newman.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 26, 2018, 02:59:54 PM
Camera operator found what looks like the vultures resting spot on top of bluff.
3 swallows.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 26, 2018, 08:05:33 PM
Soaring by the bluffs, Thursday evening.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 27, 2018, 12:20:33 PM
I believe we may be less than 2 weeks away from hatch. I was thinking around 5-7 or shortly thereafter. Does anyone know when hatch watch begins? Thanks in advance. :)
An eagle soars by earlier this morning.
Cute little feet.
A jay finding the right twigs.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 29, 2018, 06:32:45 AM
EGGs laid
March 30
April  1, 4, 6

 8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 30, 2018, 08:16:41 AM
TY Shep. Hatch is right around the corner. :)
Michelle on Monday morning.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 30, 2018, 06:12:38 PM
Michelle looking pretty. Newman keeping eggs protected.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 01, 2018, 07:41:54 AM
Busy little bird.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 02, 2018, 09:58:40 PM
Some pictures from today. Michelle, a jay, and a lunch date.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 05, 2018, 01:29:14 PM
Saturday close up of Michelle
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on May 05, 2018, 02:00:53 PM
Beautiful!  Thanks, Lano!  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 05, 2018, 02:24:01 PM
You're Welcome Baz. We should see little ones here by Monday, I hope! ♥♥♥♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on May 05, 2018, 03:47:30 PM
You're Welcome Baz. We should see little ones here by Monday, I hope! ♥♥♥♥

Gosh, it's almost hard to believe it's that time already!   :D  Let the kek-kek-kekking begin!   ;) :D :-* :-*
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 06, 2018, 09:10:52 AM
As Newman incubates, Michelle chilled on the bluff top.
Michelle takes over. The sun is reflecting off of the well buffed eggs. ;)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 07, 2018, 11:33:10 AM
Michelle has been turning and shifting, not really sitting on the eggs. Hmmmm?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 07, 2018, 02:30:22 PM
Newman's turn to shift and shimmy. Egg on right looks interesting.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 08, 2018, 07:52:04 AM
A happy hatch day!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 08, 2018, 08:01:06 AM
May 8   
7.50 am  The hatchling fell out of its egg, amid Michelle screaming -
-  HONEY, COME SEE!
Funny how one tuft of the chick hatched dry??
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: swisslake on May 08, 2018, 08:47:24 AM
A nice new falcon! :) :) :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 08, 2018, 10:31:18 AM
Little one says hello Dad ♥
At approximately 12:30pm, Michelle offers first feed.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 08, 2018, 01:25:13 PM
As in past years, Newman is quite the hunter! He brings another meal, shortly after 1pm.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 09, 2018, 08:07:22 AM
May 9
Still 1 chick
Holy cow, Michelle is loud!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 09, 2018, 12:20:56 PM
Newman brought lunch to the perch. Michelle left with it and came back to feed. This was the 3rd feeding I have seen today.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on May 09, 2018, 08:51:06 PM
Thanks for the news and screen captures everyone!  :)   YAYAY!  Love to Michelle and Newman on their first hatch this season!!!  :) :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 10, 2018, 05:50:59 AM
May 10
Still 1 chick
Her eggs always hatched within 24 hours or so.
I suspect the other 3 may not hatch.
She may have another single year
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 10, 2018, 08:12:03 AM
Breakfast just finished, I think I can hear an egg squeaker. I also think I can see something happening with the egg in front of Michelle in this pic.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 10, 2018, 09:50:23 AM
Mommy n me, is that a pip I see?  egg closest to Michelle
11:08am, another feeding.♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 10, 2018, 01:34:31 PM
Yep - that egg looks like it may hatch
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 10, 2018, 02:55:12 PM
Newman and the little one and what looks like pip progress.
Michelle came back and gave us an egg turn.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: mrsfalcon on May 10, 2018, 03:29:13 PM
These are great! Thanks so much!

Amy
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 10, 2018, 04:40:13 PM
:) Amy.
Around 4pm, Newman brought dinner, I think Michelle said she was too busy at the moment.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 10, 2018, 05:47:12 PM
Dinner and a bigger hole in egg. :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 10, 2018, 06:26:29 PM
Almost 2 ♥♥
6:29pm, I see a little soggy one. :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 11, 2018, 06:00:44 AM
2 CHICKS!
May 11   Raining
6 am  Newman arrives with prey, we have 2 chicks!
Both birds have water drops on their feathers.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 11, 2018, 11:09:01 AM
11:00am feeding. I did not see the littlest one get any, but Michelle knows what she is doing.♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 11, 2018, 12:43:24 PM
12:40pm, wee one gets something to eat.  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 11, 2018, 02:32:41 PM
While Newman was watching the kids, about 2pm, I saw what looks like a crack in one of the eggs. I can't be sure. Or is it leftover eggshell half on egg?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 11, 2018, 06:00:49 PM
Friday early evening. Newman brought prey, as Michelle gets up she knows not to rush out since the kids are sleeping on her feet. She gently wiggles her way out and does a face plant. Right before 6pm, another small meal was exchanged and Newman came in to brood.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 12, 2018, 06:20:43 AM
May 12
Michelle stuffs First chick
before finally getting around to Tiny
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 14, 2018, 06:10:22 AM
(https://kek.gg/i/7Nv3x-.png)


2 CHICKS
May 14
6 am  I'd say 2 chicks will be it for 2018
I dont see any chance for the other 2

Michelle is getting old.  She isnt acting like the bird of several years ago, in several ways.  Be interesting to know why some eggs hatch and others dont.
She has been a GREAT mom - astonishing in some ways, like 2017, when she pulled her young back inside when it nearly fell

I hope these 2 chicks survive to fledge in this new nestbox.
Is that cedarwood?  That repels bugs.

First hatch May 8
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 14, 2018, 11:21:09 AM
2 well fed eyasses. Newman has been busy but he had some time to preen and rest this morning.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: mrsfalcon on May 14, 2018, 11:21:55 AM
Wow! Yes, this is cedar. I'm a little surprised the second two eggs don't appear to be hatching - I would have bet on a later hatch if only two eggs were going to hatch given lay timing and the cold we experienced prior to full incubation. But that should have put the first hatch a little later than 5/8 and 5/10. If the eggs are intact, we'll pull them when we go to band.

Her first egg was paler, correct?

Amy
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 14, 2018, 12:03:44 PM
Amy, here is a pic of egg one, taken April 1st
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 14, 2018, 06:52:18 PM
Mom will get the dropped prey.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 15, 2018, 10:29:53 AM
Newman brought a whole bird earlier this morning and a ready to eat one later.
Shortly before 11am, Newman brought a bird to the perch, Michelle flew off with it. She came back to feed.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 15, 2018, 06:58:12 PM
Some wonderful close ups of Newman. THANKS Camera Operator!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 15, 2018, 07:21:39 PM
7:15pm dinner. ♥♥
Newman's big feet are evident. I believe he is squinting.  ;)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 16, 2018, 09:01:03 AM
Snuggling with Mom.
Michelle retrieves prey from Newman.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 17, 2018, 07:35:00 AM
Newman, ever watchful.
Newman saw another breakfast. He was back to nest box perch with prey within seconds, it seemed
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 17, 2018, 11:51:49 AM
11:45am, I don't know why Michelle went to roof top. I did not see or hear prey exchange.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 17, 2018, 01:30:30 PM
Approximately 12:30pm, Michelle was waiting on perch, she flew off. Newman came to perch with prey, Michelle flew back up to take it. The prey was dropped during exchange and Michelle was amazing as she dove, twisted and turned in a second to retrieve prey. I had to enhance pics as camera was moving at the time.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 17, 2018, 05:52:12 PM
fabulous dive shots!
Love Michele sun bathing on roof
beautiful bird
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: mrsfalcon on May 17, 2018, 08:16:37 PM
Lano, thanks for the nice catch on hatch #2 and nice caps, everyone! Just catching up now! :)

Amy
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 18, 2018, 03:36:25 PM
You're Welcome!

They are getting big and starting to wander a bit.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: T40cfr403 on May 19, 2018, 02:52:06 AM
Black flies can kill young birds (Glen Loyd video about the GSB falcons)

http://www.gazettextra.com/blogs/community/glen_loyd_videos/black-flies-can-kill-young-birds/youtube_849d2332-5477-11e8-a9f8-7b07825a13eb.html#tncms-source=article-nav-next
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 19, 2018, 02:47:40 PM
Michelle ♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 19, 2018, 05:49:17 PM
Black flies can kill young birds
Yeah, we know - got 2 of Michele's last year!  :(

thanks for that post
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 19, 2018, 08:14:28 PM
Shortly before 8pm, there was some amazing flying maneuvers by both Michelle and Newman. One looked like dive move. I don't know if they were after something.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 20, 2018, 08:46:56 PM
Michelle on branches.
Pretty colors of GSB.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 23, 2018, 09:04:36 AM
Crops are so big! Eating and sleeping is about all they want to do.
Newman and Michelle seem a bit on edge this morning.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 23, 2018, 10:03:11 AM
Michelle had a long preening session.
Another breakfast. The oldest one not sure if crop can hold more. LOL
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 23, 2018, 01:01:00 PM
Michelle is gorgeous as ever.♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 24, 2018, 06:13:26 AM
6am, waiting for breakfast. ♥♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 25, 2018, 03:10:28 PM
Friday around 3pm, Newman feeds his ravenous raptor brood.
Newman is a bit hi-strung during his feeding.  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 26, 2018, 08:12:42 AM
HAPPY 13TH HATCH DAY TO MICHELLE!  ♥
Thank you to RRP, Explore, and the wonderful camera operators for giving me the opportunity to watch her for the last 6 years. She is an amazing creature deserving of all the accolades a peregrine can receive.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 26, 2018, 09:30:21 AM
Michelle on roof top.
Michelle on perch
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on May 26, 2018, 01:27:32 PM
HAPPY 13TH HATCH DAY TO MICHELLE!  ♥
Thank you to RRP, Explore, and the wonderful camera operators for giving me the opportunity to watch her for the last 6 years. She is an amazing creature deserving of all the accolades a peregrine can receive.


Awww... thanks, Lanogirl!  Yes, Happy 13th Hatchday to the beautirful Michelle!!   :) :-* :-* :-*

Dedicated to Michelle on her hatchday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yr6Sl-86Nc - Paul McCartney - "MICHELLE" - The lyrics will appear if you click below the video screen on "Show More."
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 27, 2018, 10:20:35 AM
The fluff balls await their bands. I am hoping we have at least one female this year. Banding scheduled for today. 2:00pm. It is going to very hot there today. Temps in the 90s.  Wishing for a SAFE banding day for all involved.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 27, 2018, 02:36:17 PM
Banding day.
Michelle in branches watching him ascend.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 27, 2018, 10:45:11 PM
Definitely hot and humid, but we had a great time and both girls got their bands  :)  Anyone can use this link whether on Facebook or not.......
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1485267604910560.1073741904.100002820054173&type=1&l=f081d1da33
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: fullfledged on May 28, 2018, 12:00:08 AM
Fantastic photos! Thank you so much for posting them Nora. It must have been an amazing experience.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: walton on May 28, 2018, 12:07:01 AM
Great photos, Nora - thanks so much!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 28, 2018, 05:09:12 AM
(https://kek.gg/i/7TNjbp.png)
Wot are ya'll lookin at, eh?


Banded May 27, 2018
https://kek.gg/u/WpQ9

Thank you for sharing, Nora!  :D
I made a tinyurl for that L O N G fakebook link

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 28, 2018, 09:43:20 AM
Definitely hot and humid, but we had a great time and both girls got their bands  :)  Anyone can use this link whether on Facebook or not.......
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1485267604910560.1073741904.100002820054173&type=1&l=f081d1da33
THANK YOU for the photos!! I am excited to hear we have 2 females. They look healthy and strong. ♥♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 28, 2018, 11:32:06 AM
Shortly before 11:30am, Michelle seemed upset with the area of the blower.
I read on Explore chat, per RRP Mod, blower has not yet been turned on.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 28, 2018, 01:08:26 PM
Shortly before 11:30am, Michelle seemed upset with the area of the blower.
I read on Explore chat, per RRP Mod, blower has not yet been turned on.

Per JOHN:  "I think she saw the fan blades spinning in the breeze so I went down and hooked up the fan as quickly as possible. Hopefully now that you can?t see them spinning that should take care of the issue"
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on May 28, 2018, 02:22:37 PM
Nora, your photos are wonderful! The chicks are perfect, the scenery is beautiful, and I also love your photos of one of the parents over the water and those of the wildflowers.

Thank you so much for sharing them!  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 28, 2018, 06:52:25 PM
TY Nora. All is well. Michelle has been in to feed numerous times since.  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on May 28, 2018, 06:59:22 PM
Thanks Nora!

Thanks to all for all the posts.

Whew!  Glad all turned out well.   :-* :-*
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on May 28, 2018, 07:46:07 PM
Shortly before 7pm, Newman brought another meal to nest box. He hung around for a short time. :)
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Post by: Lanogirl on May 29, 2018, 08:25:41 AM
Tuesday morning close ups.
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Post by: Lanogirl on May 29, 2018, 04:41:15 PM
Around 4:30pm, Michelle fed them a large meal. Newman came in with more food, shortly thereafter. Michelle left with the meal.
6:20pm Newman brought more food.
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Post by: Lanogirl on May 30, 2018, 11:05:45 AM
A misty, rainy kinda day. Newman in the branches, Michelle on nest box perch.
Newman in the mist.
We have 2 pretty girls! Ella 66/P  Linnaea 59/P  Ella is the eldest.
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Post by: Lanogirl on May 30, 2018, 06:38:41 PM
Michelle. ♥
Newman was drying off earlier.
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Post by: Lanogirl on May 31, 2018, 10:01:02 AM
More prey this morning. Newman brought it to nest box, Michelle eagerly takes it. Newman leaves quickly.
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Post by: Nora in IA on May 31, 2018, 10:11:06 AM
The mom's definitely "wear the pants in the family" when it comes to their young.  :D
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Post by: Lanogirl on May 31, 2018, 12:09:44 PM
The mom's definitely "wear the pants in the family" when it comes to their young.  :D
So true Nora, and Newman is diligent as ever.  :)
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Post by: Lanogirl on May 31, 2018, 01:22:22 PM
Today around 1:15pm, the girls watch how it's done.
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Post by: Nora in IA on May 31, 2018, 02:21:52 PM
 ;D He almost looks worried in that last picture like "Am I going to get hurt or is she only going to grab the fresh meat?"
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 01, 2018, 11:21:59 AM
Michelle left roof top and came back in to chill with the girls.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 01, 2018, 07:49:50 PM
Linnaea on left, Ella on right.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 02, 2018, 10:35:53 AM
Saturday morning, Ella stretches.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 02, 2018, 05:33:05 PM
Lovely Michelle, Saturday evening.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 03, 2018, 11:46:25 AM
Watching the sky with Mom. Ella and Linnaea's expression when Mom pulls up with food.  :)
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 03, 2018, 01:27:26 PM
TY Camera Operator for the great close ups of Newman!
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Post by: baziunc on June 03, 2018, 01:36:20 PM
Lanogirl, thanks for posting all those great screen caps  - love seeing them!   :)
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 04, 2018, 09:47:02 PM
You're Welcome Baz.  :)
Some pics from today.
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Post by: shep on June 05, 2018, 06:37:52 AM
June 5
How soon til GSB kids try perching?
One of the Racine kids is perching on box edge
Elk River looks like they may try soon
Thats the next step - perching - the falcon equivalent to branching   8)
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 05, 2018, 10:18:55 AM
Shep, I am guessing in less than 2 weeks they will be exploring. 2016 brood hatched a couple days before these 2 and they had fledged by June 16.

Around 10:20am, Newman brought prey to nest box perch.

Michelle came in for a beautiful prey delivery around 1:35pm
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 05, 2018, 08:25:12 PM
Ella shows Linnaea her feathers.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 06, 2018, 02:21:32 PM
Michelle today.  :)
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 07, 2018, 01:06:33 PM
Newman had a long rest this morning.
Feathers are coming in fast! 
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 09, 2018, 10:45:58 AM
Newman on the move.
2 pretty peregrines waiting to explore.♥♥
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 09, 2018, 08:17:07 PM
Linnaea's feathery stretch.
Newman
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Post by: shep on June 10, 2018, 02:34:34 AM
June 10
Youngsters getting some brown on their chests.
Next step will be 'branching' - perching on box edge

MEMORY LANE 2013
This is about the stage when 4 youngsters fludged - and survived.  I remember.
https://kek.gg/u/36dZh

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Post by: Lanogirl on June 10, 2018, 02:05:23 PM
Watching Mom glide away.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 11, 2018, 12:20:44 PM
It was a comical lunch today. :)
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 11, 2018, 08:38:48 PM
Newman brought prey directly to the box a couple times today. He didn't hang around for the chaos. :)
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 12, 2018, 07:01:09 PM
Ella rests her big wing.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 13, 2018, 03:52:36 PM
The girls watch Michelle fly towards a prey carrying Newman.
I scrolled back the video a few hours to capture Ella's antics. Testing nest box lip, flapping and flapping.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 14, 2018, 07:47:29 AM
A bright breakfast this morning.
Around 8:07AM, Newman brought another bird. This one was still alive as Michelle took it.
Ella shows her strong wings.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 14, 2018, 08:35:48 AM
8:30am, more food! This time, Michelle feeds them. ♥
I think Michelle and Newman know fledge time is near.
Right before 9am, MORE food. 
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 14, 2018, 12:08:19 PM
Newman gets a rest.
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Post by: baziunc on June 14, 2018, 03:46:42 PM
Wow Lanogirl!  Thanks!   :)  Great s'caps!  The kids have grown sooo much sooo fast!  :D
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 14, 2018, 10:27:01 PM
You're welcome Baz. :) Not much longer and these 2 beauties will be airborne.
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Post by: Nora in IA on June 14, 2018, 11:17:14 PM
I love it when the fluff is still coming out on top of the heads.  :)
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Post by: Nora in IA on June 14, 2018, 11:19:41 PM
I know to them a bird is a bird for prey, but sad to see a Baltimore Oriole............
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 15, 2018, 09:35:31 AM
I agree Nora. Sad to see the orioles. At Montreal peregrines, parent brought in a parakeet! Guessing a pet someone didn't care for. :(

Our 2 girls are looking cute with their fuzzy heads.  :)
First pic was from May 23, second pic taken today.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 15, 2018, 11:17:46 AM
Michelle on the rooftop.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 15, 2018, 12:12:32 PM
Clever Michelle feeds from the perch. Linnaea almost got it from her.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 16, 2018, 09:00:30 AM
Saturday morning, Ella and Linnaea.
Fed from perch
Ella on the box lip
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 16, 2018, 11:18:39 AM
What a difference a month makes!  ;D
May 16---->June 16.
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Post by: Nora in IA on June 16, 2018, 12:17:59 PM
Yep they grow so darned fast.  I noticed at Genoa dad would drop the food in from the lip of the nest box and take off.  ;D
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 16, 2018, 06:17:16 PM
Michelle landing on bluff side above box.
Both on nest box lip. Linnaea getting fed.
Michelle and the girls.
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Post by: baziunc on June 16, 2018, 10:06:41 PM
OMG Lanogirl!  Thanks! Those are great s'caps you posted!  The kids look great!  Love Michelle and Newman!   :) :-* :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 17, 2018, 06:46:03 PM
Baz,  :)

Ella ventures out a bit this evening.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 17, 2018, 08:14:50 PM
Girls play breakfast tug-o-war with Dad today.
Newman is looking handsome on this Father's Day. 
Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!
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Post by: shep on June 18, 2018, 06:08:48 AM
Branching outside the box
June 18, 2018   rain
Beautiful day after the rain!
5.30 - 6 am  One kid left box and ventured way out on the extention
The other is perching on box side

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Post by: Lanogirl on June 18, 2018, 10:46:28 AM
Ella is out on a limb.  ;)
Around 11am, Michelle brought lunch to perch but took it to box, Linnaea grabbed it.
Shortly before 4pm, an afternoon snack is brought in.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 18, 2018, 06:02:24 PM
Great work by the camera operator today.  :)
Ella fed on perch
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Post by: shep on June 20, 2018, 05:23:50 AM
June 20 dawn
Both in box
Mom perched
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 20, 2018, 09:24:00 AM
Shortly before 9am at the nest, Ella fledges nicely!
Video from Explore chat, Homebird.  TY Homebird  :)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5S7O-Sayb0
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Post by: baziunc on June 20, 2018, 12:50:13 PM
Thanks!

Awww... congrats, and way to fledge, Ella!!   :-* :-* :-*  I loved the video - she looked very stealthy!   :D  I hope she had a safe landing and has been located and visited by Michelle or Newman already - or soon!   :-* :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: shep on June 21, 2018, 05:39:16 AM
(http://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2129.0;attach=464007;image)


June 21
5.35 am  Both parents send out a loud kakking chorus as they protect their new fledge, deep down in the weeds somewhere.
She sure had a powerful and certain flight - her wings are HUGE!

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Post by: Nora in IA on June 21, 2018, 05:00:33 PM
I think one of the funniest ones I've ever heard was breakfast for one an hour after Ella fledged.  I could sure tell whenever food went in.............
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4e17_yL6Hk  :D
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 21, 2018, 05:45:53 PM
I think one of the funniest ones I've ever heard was breakfast for one an hour after Ella fledged.  I could sure tell whenever food went in.............
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4e17_yL6Hk  :D

Nora, I laughed as well!! It sounded like Linnaea was saying nom nom nom, nom nom with every bite! :)
Shep, I agree, she did fly beautifully and her wings looked huge!
Earlier today, Newman brought prey for Linnaea, Michelle took it and fed her. ♥
I still have not seen Ella since fledge. The camera operator has been great but she is well hidden.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 21, 2018, 09:07:20 PM
Linnaea close ups this evening. Michelle was perching below nest box, low on the bluff side.
Newman before night fell.
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Post by: shep on June 22, 2018, 05:55:23 AM
June 22
Almost 6 am
I was very surprised to see our fledge back home!
WOW!  Her wingspread is so big someone's gonna think she's an eagle!
She flew to roof - left - flew away - flew back -
thats exceptional for a new fledge
8 am  The second juvie fledged


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Post by: Lanogirl on June 22, 2018, 08:04:56 AM
7:45am, Linnaea fledges. Thank you for video Homebird @ Explore.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKYDmw2Axjo&feature=youtu.be

Ella finishes breakfast as Linnaea fledges.
Linnaea on lower bluff, around 9:30am.
Ella was chasing a butterfly at the nest.
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Post by: fullfledged on June 22, 2018, 08:25:35 AM
Thanks for posting Linnaea's fledge video Lanogirl and the pictures of Ella eating are lovely. It was great to see her thriving. It's been a wonderful season and thanks to GSBD's spectacular new nest box, we got to see the two girls grow up and fledge the "normal" way without having to flee the black flies too early.  :) 
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Post by: baziunc on June 22, 2018, 01:48:25 PM
Thanks everyone!

Congrats to Linnaea on her fledge today!  YAY!   :D :-*

And congrats again to Ella on her being able to leave and return to the nest box at will now!  YAY!   :D :-*
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 22, 2018, 03:55:34 PM
Reunited.
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Post by: shep on June 22, 2018, 04:58:11 PM
Its so sweet how sis came to the newer fledge and stayed with her.  They are just adorable!
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Post by: shep on June 23, 2018, 09:12:11 AM
(https://kek.gg/i/3TJ8dx.png)


Both fledges on clifftop   :)
June 23
Awwww!  Both juvies on top of the cliff edge playing, fighting over something.  Reminds me of Jonathan, Stolt, Toni and Mandy in 2013.  So precious. I dug out an image of them.
REMEMBER?

I think thats where they are?  Top of the cliff??

Fabulous cam work John, following the birds soaring all over!   8)

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Post by: Lanogirl on June 23, 2018, 07:39:21 PM
Both on the cedar snag, earlier today.
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Post by: shep on June 24, 2018, 11:33:52 AM
Is it just me, or is Linea a particularly LARGE falcon?
I have only seen ONE fledge that strong, and that was in Australia.
She just appears unusually large and strong -
almost as if Michelle had mated with the eagle.
Just wondered what the bander said
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 24, 2018, 11:14:53 PM
Shep, I think they both look large.  :) They both have been well fed.  I have heard they look bigger than parents because their first feathers are a bit longer than adults to aid in early flight.
The girls are sleeping under the stars tonight atop the nestbox.
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Post by: fullfledged on June 24, 2018, 11:48:48 PM
Just checked on the girls at 11:40 PM CT and they were spending the night "Up on the Roof".
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Post by: shep on June 25, 2018, 05:18:06 AM
June 25 dawn
Both still on the roof
5.15 am  Screaming their head off
One flew off and the other moved to perch
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 25, 2018, 01:44:22 PM
Some pics of Ella this afternoon.
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Post by: baziunc on June 25, 2018, 03:53:25 PM
Thanks everyone!  Great pics!!   :D
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Post by: shep on June 26, 2018, 02:29:49 AM
MOM ON GUARD
June 26, 2018
2.30 am
Both kids on roof, Michelle perched on box edge
3.30 am The whole box starts to shake,
Mom moves off box to the side, glances at kids asleep standing on roof

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Post by: Lanogirl on June 26, 2018, 01:36:44 PM
They are discovering new perching spots. Always on the look out for lunch.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 26, 2018, 01:38:54 PM
If pefas pout, Ella (guessing it is her) has got it down pat.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 26, 2018, 10:25:02 PM
Rainy today.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 27, 2018, 10:30:59 AM
Still hanging out with sis. Ella checks Linnaea's toes for leftovers.
Linnaea was in the right place for food delivery this morning.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 27, 2018, 09:38:24 PM
Both girls are still well fed and flying well. They seem to enjoy one another's company.♥♥
Linnaea
Michelle and Linnaea
Ella flying in
Dinner with a view. Ella is mantling but they eventually kinda shared.  ;)
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Post by: baziunc on June 27, 2018, 09:42:27 PM
Thanks Lanogirl!  Geat screen caps!  I'm so happy they are doing so well!   :) 

I wonder how much the new box design (with the side fan, too) had to do with their health and success so far this year?  It had to have helped.  Thanks John and Amy and RRP and all who help to make this a successful nesting site.  :) :-*
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Post by: Nora in IA on June 27, 2018, 10:57:51 PM
"Is it just me, or is Linea a particularly LARGE falcon"  I don't know that she was particularly large, but she's a big girl.  :)

Lano, I may not say much on this thread, but please know that I appreciate all your great posts, I do check and enjoy all of them.  :)
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 28, 2018, 09:38:28 AM
Baz and Nora, Thank you. I enjoy sharing the pics. Without the Explore camera operator, I wouldn't have any fun!  ;) Busy camera operator this morning trying to follow these 2.
Leaving perch this foggy morning. Flying like a pro.
Ella on cedar and the branch.
Linnaea after her big lunch.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 28, 2018, 02:44:06 PM
Both on branches below until one pounced on the other.
Both on lower bluff.
Beautiful wings
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 28, 2018, 06:46:53 PM
Newman sightings have become few and far between. He looks great as one of the girls yell at him from the box top.
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Post by: baziunc on June 28, 2018, 07:23:21 PM
Thanks Lano.  I'm glad to hear Newman is ok... and all the kids and Michelle, too.
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Post by: Lanogirl on June 30, 2018, 04:48:32 PM
Newman was feeling a bit warm earlier this morning.
Ella trying to keep cool on lower bluff. Bugs were bugging her.
Linnaea eyes something.
Linnaea, 6/29
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 02, 2018, 12:31:00 PM
Ella and Linnaea are hanging out on the lower bluff, 12:30pm at the nest.
Ella, earlier this morning.
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 02, 2018, 02:00:56 PM
Michelle above, I believe it is Ella below.
Close up of Michelle, you can see reflection of the sky in her eye. ♥
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 02, 2018, 06:13:37 PM
Ella relaxing on the sumac branch.
Linnaea claims a big meal.
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Post by: baziunc on July 02, 2018, 08:13:04 PM
Thank you Lanogirl!  They are both lovely PEFA babies!  ;) :D :-* :-*  Michelle and Newman have been the super PEFA raptor parents of the year this year!  Thank you for your wonderful screen caps and posts.   :)

Hi to all the GSB Falcon nest followers!!   :)
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 03, 2018, 12:44:05 PM
YW Baz! :) Michelle and Newman have another successful year under their feathers. I do think the new box and fan helped and maybe the colder weather held down the black fly population.
Linnaea on lower bluff. She was later joined by Ella. Linnaea decided to nap in the leaves.
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 03, 2018, 05:40:59 PM
Ella
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Post by: baziunc on July 04, 2018, 05:20:47 PM
Thanks Lano.  Great pics!
Happy Fourth of July everyone!
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 07, 2018, 10:02:52 AM
Saturday morning, the girls are showing off their flight skills.
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Post by: shep on July 07, 2018, 11:05:36 AM
its adorable how the sisters hang out together.
I wonder if they will migrate together ... with parents ...
I'd love to know where they go when they leave us

I enjoyed the barge too!   8)

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Post by: Lanogirl on July 09, 2018, 04:44:58 PM
Shep, I am happy to see them together still. The past 2 days they haven't been around much. Yesterday, after cameras came back online, I got a pic of Newman and Ella. Today I have seen Newman and Linnaea. I believe Michelle brought food to lower bluff this afternoon, followed by Linnaea who took prey from bluff to outcrop.
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 09, 2018, 06:38:58 PM
Michelle and both Linnaea and Ella.
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 11, 2018, 08:01:26 PM
Newman and Linnaea made an appearance this evening.
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Post by: baziunc on July 11, 2018, 09:11:24 PM
Thanks Lano!  They are stunning!
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 14, 2018, 06:48:35 PM
I have not seen Linnaea or Ella since 7-12. Michelle and Newman have come with food, waited and called for girls. I did hear one of the girls yesterday but never saw them. Michelle and Newman were both on lower bluff today. Michelle had food, she waited with it and ended up eating it herself.
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 14, 2018, 06:52:09 PM
Camera operator has been giving great tours. We got views of storm clouds, rainbows, shadows and fishing, just to name a few.  :)
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 14, 2018, 06:56:45 PM
Eagles perching.
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Post by: shep on July 17, 2018, 08:59:58 AM
July 17
dredging Mississippi for the barges
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Post by: baziunc on July 17, 2018, 12:02:02 PM
Great pics Lano and shep!  Thanks!
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Post by: shep on July 21, 2018, 11:54:12 AM
July 21 Saturday
John - you filmed birds on a branch in the river
What are they?
They remind me of the anhinga in Florida - or cormorants
They were too far - I couldnt ID them
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Post by: Nora in IA on July 22, 2018, 11:16:09 PM
I didn't see them Shep, but we do get cormorants.
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 23, 2018, 09:29:46 AM
Hello Shep and Nora. I took these scaps on 7/19. They do look like cormorants. They were on fallen tree with the gulls until an eagle claimed the tree.
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Post by: shep on July 23, 2018, 11:48:58 AM
LOL!
Thanks!
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 23, 2018, 05:08:24 PM
Newman brought breakfast to the sumac branch this morning.
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Post by: Nora in IA on July 23, 2018, 11:04:16 PM
Thanks on the cormorants and ALL the pictures you grab Lano!
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Post by: Lanogirl on July 25, 2018, 05:44:17 PM
You're Welcome Nora. :)
Newman, Michelle, fishing, and a dragonfly.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 25, 2018, 05:55:32 PM
Love that first picture of Newman on the branch with his head kind of tipped looking and that one of Michelle looking like she's watching something.  There has been some wonderful stuff lately that the cameraman has been getting and you've been catching Lano.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on July 25, 2018, 07:36:33 PM
Camera work has been outstanding! I get so many pics it's hard to choose what to post. LOL, I also post on FB but I realize not everyone likes or uses FB. I'm happy to still have the forum.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 26, 2018, 11:15:53 AM
In "ready to go" he almost looks like "I didn't do it"  :D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on July 26, 2018, 01:15:58 PM
In "ready to go" he almost looks like "I didn't do it"  :D
LOL, or "they won't see me behind this leaf" ;D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on July 26, 2018, 01:18:43 PM
Michelle, early this morning, Newman the rest of the morning. ♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on July 27, 2018, 12:38:12 PM
Thanks, Lano!  Wonderful screen grabs!

Hi Nora!

Michelle and Newman looking great!  Do you think the kids have left the area??

 :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on July 27, 2018, 09:44:56 PM
Baz, I hope the girls have safely moved on without harm.  It seems strange to not see them for so long. July 9 was the last time I saw Ella, July 12 last I saw Linnaea.  If I remember correctly, in years past, we would see fledglings occasionally until early August.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 28, 2018, 06:24:47 PM
July 28
I think some of these are LOONS, the Minnesota state bird.
They are fun!
Cam isnt close enuf for me to ID
Fun to watch the birds come in!  :D

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on July 30, 2018, 12:38:24 PM
LOL shep.  It looks like a friendly crowd.   :D

Lano, I wish "the girls" would wing by for a farewell visit at the bluff!   :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 30, 2018, 02:46:55 PM
July 30
I caught these pics and thot they were neato!
There were 3 boats racing but I couldnt capture all 3 (blame John)   :P
On the road just outta cam shot are trucks -
I assume for the sand dredged up outta the river.
I dont know how it gets from river to road
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 01, 2018, 08:37:45 PM
Newman peeking out of the cubby this morning.
Pretty evening rainbow.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 02, 2018, 10:33:53 AM
Michelle this morning.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 04, 2018, 07:18:26 PM
Newman earlier this morning.
A passer by.
The American Queen paddles by.
Eagles perched.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 05, 2018, 11:35:58 AM
I rode the Branson Mo paddlewheel boat this summer -
BEFORE the 17 people drowned in the duck boat.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 06, 2018, 07:42:28 AM
Aug 6
Is this Newman or Michele?
or another bird?
Its beautiful - it has peach coloring on its breast.
I've never noticed that on ours before
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 07, 2018, 10:36:33 PM
Shep, that pic is Michelle.
8-6 pics of Newman.
8-7 pic of Michelle in the fog.
Eagle takes over fallen tree.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 08, 2018, 06:41:13 PM
Today is August 8, 2018
Dont they fly south around now until February?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 08, 2018, 08:59:17 PM
Last season, the last pics I have saved are Sept 25 and Sept 27 of Michelle and Newman.
They are both still stopping by for lengthy visits.
Newman this evening.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on August 08, 2018, 10:19:40 PM
Thanks for all the great pics!  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 09, 2018, 02:41:23 AM
I saw the falcon ripping prey apart on the nestbox stick.
I wonder why they fly south if there are prey available
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on August 09, 2018, 04:10:35 PM
shep, I'm not sure, but I'm just assuming the prey-species they rely on for food migrate away from this area during the coldest time of year here, and the peregrines migrate to places with adequate food supply during that time.  Maybe someone who knows for sure from the published research can weigh in on that.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 10, 2018, 08:03:06 PM
Eagle flew to the shore, swam a bit, went to dry on the turtle log.
Newman.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 11, 2018, 07:54:10 AM
Eagles like shallow water onshore they can stand in - like a birdbath.
But they dont 'choose' to swim - per se.
When fishing they 'can' swim ashore with a big feesh
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 15, 2018, 09:20:43 AM
Michelle paid a visit today. Newman also stopped by this morning.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 16, 2018, 08:05:34 AM
Aug 16
THOSE ARE PELICANS!

PELICANS!!!!!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 16, 2018, 03:26:08 PM
Newman and Michelle today. ♥♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 17, 2018, 06:12:56 PM
Aug 17
Is the cam broke?
I noticed yesterday it was stuck, frozen
today are hilights
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 18, 2018, 11:18:15 AM
Aug 17
Is the cam broke?
I noticed yesterday it was stuck, frozen
today are hilights
Not sure if camera is broken or just a power issue. RRP reported a storm in area may have caused power outage. They will be checking it today, Saturday. :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 20, 2018, 10:50:02 PM
We were treated to visits from both Newman and Michelle today. :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on August 21, 2018, 02:33:51 PM
Awww.  They both look great!  Thanks, Lano.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 24, 2018, 09:23:00 PM
Eagles today. Michelle and Newman yesterday.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 25, 2018, 07:10:34 AM
This cam has it all
falcons
eagles
pelicans
loons

turtles

barges
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 25, 2018, 09:18:05 AM
It sure does Shep! I believe a new camera and solar panels will be installed at Lake Onalaska. We will be able to see the migrating birds and eagle island up close! :)

Early Saturday morning, I believe this is an immature blue jay.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on August 25, 2018, 10:37:45 AM
I believe the blue jay is molting  They molt in August and sometimes lose all of the feathers on their head, and even their neck.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 25, 2018, 11:27:12 AM
I believe the blue jay is molting  They molt in August and sometimes lose all of the feathers on their head, and even their neck.
Thanks Ginger.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 26, 2018, 01:43:36 PM
Newman at the nest box this morning. Michelle was at the lower bluff. Later, Newman came to lower bluff, Michelle joined him.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on August 28, 2018, 12:46:59 PM
Michelle was at the lower bluff early this morning.
The jay was nervous on the sumac perch.
Beautiful Newman up close.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 03, 2018, 10:01:15 PM
Michelle and Newman are still hanging around. Two feathered friends visited yesterday.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 05, 2018, 08:13:07 PM
Both Newman and Michelle were at the bluff today. The camera operator also caught  2 pretty birds.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 06, 2018, 07:39:44 AM
2nd to bottom - CHICKADEE
I think the green one is a vireo - ?

Is that Michelle and Newman - or a 3rd falcon?
https://youtu.be/opHWdC5Nq44

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 06, 2018, 07:59:32 AM
Shep, that is Newman yelling. I think oneof the birds is a black capped chickadee. I wasn't sure what the other bird was. A chatter on FB told us it was a female American redstart. :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 14, 2018, 08:18:29 AM
Michelle on sumac branch this morning. ♥
Newman showed up around 9:30am. ♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 14, 2018, 09:38:29 AM
(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=865.0;attach=470965;image)

Your pic from Sept 5 may be Newman and Michele discussing when to leave Minne-snowta   ;D

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 14, 2018, 09:44:50 AM
(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=865.0;attach=470965;image)

Your pic from Sept 5 may be Newman and Michele discussing when to leave Minne-snowta   ;D

:D Probably so! Based on last year's exit, I am guessing we have 2weeks or so until they leave.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 16, 2018, 02:10:44 PM
Newman on Sunday morning. Flocks from Saturday.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 18, 2018, 08:41:53 AM
In case you have not heard, the Mississippi Flyway cam is up and running.


https://explore.org/livecams/raptor-resource-project/mississippi-river-flyway-cam
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on September 18, 2018, 12:04:40 PM
In case you have not heard, the Mississippi Flyway cam is up and running.


MPMOM started a thread in "other" check it out! 
Took this ss a few minutes ago GSB live cam.


(http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x230/acuraracergirl/2018-09-18%20gsb%20live%20cam.jpg) (http://s186.photobucket.com/user/acuraracergirl/media/2018-09-18%20gsb%20live%20cam.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on September 18, 2018, 02:45:00 PM
In case you have not heard, the Mississippi Flyway cam is up and running.


https://explore.org/livecams/raptor-resource-project/mississippi-river-flyway-cam

I already love that cam.  Here's a pic I snipped from the GSB cam where I've circled the location of this new cam in relation to GSB.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: baziunc on September 18, 2018, 07:17:07 PM
In case you have not heard, the Mississippi Flyway cam is up and running.


https://explore.org/livecams/raptor-resource-project/mississippi-river-flyway-cam

I already love that cam.  Here's a pic I snipped from the GSB cam where I've circled the location of this new cam in relation to GSB.

Thanks, Lano!

Thanks, Ginger!

The Forum thread MpMom started for that new cam can be found in the "Upper Mississippi National Fish and Wildlife Refuge on Lake Onalaska" at:

https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?topic=2542.0

(It's part of the Forum board, "Other Bird Cams and Information" )

Thanks, MpMom!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 21, 2018, 08:27:09 AM
Michelle and Newman are still visiting the bluff. ♥♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 21, 2018, 09:49:27 PM
Early evening, Michelle on top of bluff, Newman on sumac branch.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 23, 2018, 05:04:30 PM
I wonder where the juvies flew off to

the Baltimore juvie from 2017 showed up in Richmond Va

Its fun to see our cam kids find homes
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 25, 2018, 08:18:24 AM
Michelle is at the sumac branch as I post. ♥
Newman also made an appearance. ♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 25, 2018, 02:30:19 PM
As migration draws near, I am grateful for Michelle's long visits and wonderful photo ops today. Many thanks to the wonderful camera operator(s)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 26, 2018, 08:37:13 AM
Michelle this morning. Newman was here as well.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 27, 2018, 12:37:25 PM
9-27-18, Michelle and Newman are still around. ♥♥
An eagle in the GSB eagle nest.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 28, 2018, 07:31:10 AM
Michelle with breakfast, Friday morning.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on September 28, 2018, 09:52:29 AM
The lovebirds.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: T40cfr403 on September 30, 2018, 11:37:29 AM
From RRP's FB page:

Raptor Resource Project
1 hr

The first phase of cam work is finished in Decorah and at Decorah North! We have a little bit more work to do before we turn everything back on, but it won't be long now. In the meantime, we're all glued to the Mississippi River Flyway cam on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. In addition to wonderful views of Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, and American Pelicans, we have some fascinating footage of a Great Horned Owl with a duck, surrounded by interested Bald Eagles. Karla Bloem from the International Owl Center (https://www.internationalowlcenter.org/) told me that GHO eat ducks - something I didn't know! Based on the way that the owl was holding its feathers, she suspects it was wet and couldn't fly well, especially with a load, so the owl ate where it was. We hope you enjoy these videos as much as I do!

9/29/18: GHO versus Bald Eagles, a waiting game! https://youtu.be/2LMfqytGxFs

9/29/18: Owl catches a duck, eagles watching and waiting: https://youtu.be/TvV2OnTrveA

9/29/18: Canadian Cranes and an Eaglet: https://youtu.be/ReDWExj9HX4 (note: We call them Sandhill Cranes, but the scientific name is Antigone Canadensis, or Canadian Crane. Now that we're back in the office, I might get a chance to blog on this name change in particular and scientific names in general!).

9/27/18: Juvenile eagles jockeying, playing, and bathing in rover: https://youtu.be/W73iKPGl5UM. Talk about an eagle pool party!

9/26/18: Fishing, sunset: https://youtu.be/RJMJsnRcNTY. This lovely, relaxing video opens with an egret fishing as the sun sets.

9/25/18: Eagles and pelicans! https://youtu.be/JRzz50eMOPQ

9/25/18: Michelle rain dances: https://youtu.be/jGvqf537AiE. GSB can be seen from the River Flyway cam. While Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, ducks, and other birds float and fly on the river, Michelle dances on the blufftops!

Comment: Raptor Resource Project, I was completely fascinated by that! While I know that GHO aren't as nocturnal as Barn Owls, I was still fascinated to see one with prey - a duck, who would have guessed? - in broad daylight. Amazing!

Video of photos: https://www.facebook.com/RaptorResourceProject/videos/1602709296541638/
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on October 03, 2018, 03:06:40 PM
Thanks to our camera operator that is doing (done if you're reading this later) following the bonding rituals (I think) of two eagles soaring over Lake Onalaska (sp?).  We are so fortunate here and in the river/lake.  Thank you RRP and explore!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on October 03, 2018, 03:57:49 PM
October 3, 2018, Michelle was on the sumac branch for quite awhile.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on October 03, 2018, 05:51:42 PM
5:15pm nest time, Michelle is back on sumac perch.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on October 04, 2018, 08:49:19 PM
An eagle passed by earlier this morning.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 08, 2018, 08:06:44 AM
(http://i63.tinypic.com/8xj1on.jpg)


Thanks John   :-*
Oct 8, 2018
the cam stopt here briefly this morning
and I thot it'd make a wonderful
Christmas card
for people who have them made

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on October 11, 2018, 12:30:15 PM
GSB cam op caught this
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on October 12, 2018, 05:38:19 PM
Thank you camera operator for giving us some up-close shots of the crew working on the flyway cam!  Before you zoomed in I thought somebirdy was out there, but the ladder gave me full confidence in my observation!   :D :D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 15, 2018, 02:48:23 AM
Oct 15
I notice it was SNOWING yesterday.
Cam dude got some wonderful shots of snow-laden branchs!

 8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on October 15, 2018, 04:18:03 PM
Anybody know who this visitor is at GSB today?  Hawk?

(http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x230/acuraracergirl/04024ece-c6fc-407b-b372-aeff8da7e3d2.png) (http://s186.photobucket.com/user/acuraracergirl/media/04024ece-c6fc-407b-b372-aeff8da7e3d2.png.html)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 16, 2018, 05:28:07 AM
That looks like a hawk to me.
Oct 3 are the last pics of our falcons.
Are they gone?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on October 16, 2018, 09:44:28 AM
That looks like a hawk to me.
Oct 3 are the last pics of our falcons.
Are they gone?

Do Falcons migrate like Ospreys?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on October 16, 2018, 03:42:21 PM
Lori, some peregrines migrate, some do partial migrations. At least that is what I have read.
An eagle is in the trees this afternoon.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on October 16, 2018, 06:18:36 PM
Lori, some peregrines migrate, some do partial migrations. At least that is what I have read.
An eagle is in the trees this afternoon.


Thanks Lanogirl!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on October 17, 2018, 10:27:41 AM
Anybody know who this visitor is at GSB today?  Hawk?

Beautiful bird . . . looks like a Red-tailed Hawk to me.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on October 17, 2018, 10:41:09 AM
Do Falcons migrate like Ospreys?

As Lanogirl stated, some peregrines migrate and some do not. For instance, in western Canada, virtually all peregrines migrate, usually leaving in the first part of October. In eastern Canada, most peregrines in locations such as Toronto and Montreal do not migrate, since the winters are not as long and not as cold, and the food supply is more reliable.

And as Lanogirl mentioned, some peregrines do a partial migration. There used to be a peregrine from Quebec who wintered in Columbus, Ohio for a few years. And Lil Dad in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania tends to take a winter vacation, but not every year.

A famous peregrine named Island Girl migrated all the way from Baffin Island to southern Chile each year, returning north in the Spring to raise her chicks. This is about a 9,000 mile journey each way. At the end of 2016, her transmitter finally failed. She is a great falcon, and I hope she is still out there.

This is Island Girl:

(https://picload.org/image/dcdcwdoi/island-girl-1.jpg)

Her migration route:

(https://picload.org/image/dcdcwdow/island-girl-nov-22-1-map-1a.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 18, 2018, 12:09:04 PM
Alison, great answers.
Thank you!
I was tempted to say Red Tail Hawk too, but couldnt be sure

 :-*
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on October 18, 2018, 12:16:51 PM
Thank you Allison!!! Great info...
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on October 18, 2018, 02:19:00 PM
Alison, great answers.
Thank you!
I was tempted to say Red Tail Hawk too, but couldnt be sure

 :-*

Thanks, shep!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on October 18, 2018, 02:20:10 PM
Thank you Allison!!! Great info...

You are very welcome, Lori!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Linda M on October 18, 2018, 03:26:10 PM
Wow, Alison - that is really impressive about Island Girl's migration - thanks for the information and the photo of that lovely falcon.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 20, 2018, 04:33:31 AM
Oct 20
Thanks for all your panning and zooming John!
I love the eagle nested in the fall colored trees
and all the eagles in the bare tree

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on October 20, 2018, 12:24:26 PM
Sure is fun watching "The Perils of Barging on the Mississippi" on the cliff cam.  Don't envy the tug pilots though!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 20, 2018, 01:19:50 PM
LOOSE BARG?
Lock and Dam No. 5A

Qctober 20, 2018
I am not the only one watching this.
Its 1.15 pm and the 4 tugs have held the barge at least 20 minutes
NO headway

eburgbirdwtchr posted an hour ago! 
Why dont they bring more tugs?

HOLY COW!   :o
There's another barge?  What happened?
It LQQKs windy but weather show wind  4 mph - but river has white caps

2.30 pm  The tugs have the barge a little further from the dam.
Perhaps one or 2 tugs let the upriver barge hit shore to go save the dam.

I clicked back to the start and these 2 barges have clogged the river ALL DAY!

Captain John you gotta wrap up a video of this!

I did a search for NEWS

Ag News Headlines   
Floods Still Impacting Barge Traffic on Upper Mississippi River

Rain in the central U.S. caused flooding that closed 7 locks on the upper Mississippi River from Muscatine, Iowa to Clarksville, Mo
a complete reopening of the river may not occur until the week of October 22.
http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-national.php?Id=2039&yr=2018

October 12, 2018
A bridge over the Mississippi River in Louisiana closed indefinitely after it was struck by a barge carrying a crane in the river.  one of the main support beams suffered severe damage. They dont know exactly what is needed to repair the bridge and how long it will take.

Well, barges do strike bridges = history
Winona Bridge Deemed Safe After Barge Collision July 31, 2018
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/07/31/winona-bridge-barge-collision

 8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 20, 2018, 03:46:34 PM
Oct 20 -  3.45 pm
Tugs have broken up the barge and sent half thru the lock.
I bet they get the whole barge thru by sunset

Tonite or tomorrow they'll break up the other barge of 16 sections.

Ya load 16 tons and whadya get?   8)

5 pm
95 watching now
Part 1 thru lock, they are positing part 2 to enter lock now

The only attention the yellow barge has gotten is from an eagle

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 21, 2018, 07:04:31 AM
Qctober 21, 2018
ONO!  The cam is down!
I wanted to see what happened with the barge!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on October 24, 2018, 06:39:58 AM
I Believe this is fog rolling in at GSB Cam 630 am 10 24 2018
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 30, 2018, 05:40:09 AM
(http://i68.tinypic.com/4jt9g9.jpg)


October 30, 2018
5 am  Lots of barge traffic thru lock

Derenzo
Nice fog pic!
Awesome river
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on November 04, 2018, 07:58:16 AM
Nov 4  SONday  Rain n fawg
A lil snain I see - rain-snow mix
I enjoy the barges - and locks
Sonday was a very busy barg day! 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on November 09, 2018, 05:07:05 AM
November 9, 2018  Friday
It was snowing big huge flakes here about 3 am
and finer snow at the Decorah cam

Now at 5 am  I see no snow

Soon the river will freeze and there will be no barges


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on November 10, 2018, 06:35:46 AM
November 10, 2018
Yesterday snowed off n on all day
This morning its 5 degrees - brrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!     :o
Looks like pieces of ice on the river

Sunrise so remarkable I snipt it
Thanks John

Move those barges before the river freezes

My goodness!
Spectacular dawn
big barge
and a pair of eagles!
What a day

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on November 17, 2018, 01:51:35 PM
November 17, 2018
Not much barge traffic lately - that I've seen.
The eagles have been soaring
I caught one as it soared over the barge


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on November 18, 2018, 12:16:15 PM
Beautiful day! Appears to be a young eagle passing by. ♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on November 23, 2018, 09:57:01 AM
Nov 23, 2018
I noticed a train and barge on cam
so I waited for a truck and snipt it

Its a flyway for many birds - and a main route for hauling goods.

This barge is small.  Some are HUGE.
It can easily take over an hour to get thru lock.

 8)  Beautiful full moon has been seen too

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on November 27, 2018, 04:32:26 PM
Nov 27, 2018
Its been cold, below zero, with snow and a nasty wind.
I havent caught a barge all day.
But this whateveritis came north thru the lock.
Keeping a channel open for more barges?
I dunno


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on November 28, 2018, 12:18:35 PM
The END
Nov 28, 2018
There was some kinda odd vessel before this one
now this one
Ice forming on the River
Looks like the end of the barge season

I may be the only one interested - but posted this anyway
I guess John is - cuz he put the cam on it :)
Thanks John

November 30 UPDATE
Yep, that was the last trip
Ice is jamming up against the lock n dam
No activity
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on December 22, 2018, 04:55:20 AM
Dec 22
I still cant get this cam

I got Dec north yesterday but not this morning
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on December 26, 2018, 10:48:05 AM
Well, this morning I finally Googled "the Empire Express", that travels the Mississippi rails we see from the cliff cam.  I've seen the Amtrak train many times in the evening (between 7:20 and 7:30 most nights) heading to the Twin Cities, and since I read the schedule on the Google link, I finally saw it on its return leg to Chicago today (around 10:30 this morning).  Thank you cam operator for giving me the view.  I'm a bit of a train nut since my Grandfather on my Dad's side was a stationmaster on the Rock Island line and have lots of family stories relating to those times.
Not much to do with birds, but like a said, I'm a bit of a train nut and thought it interesting enough to share!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on December 30, 2018, 03:45:21 PM
Earlier this morning, a pretty visitor.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on December 30, 2018, 06:20:24 PM
Great Spirit Bluff Falcons - Cliff : Morning highlights
https://youtu.be/KsewkQpBgwg via lizzy g eaglespirit
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: GSBDweller on January 18, 2019, 08:57:52 PM
Well, this morning I finally Googled "the Empire Express", that travels the Mississippi rails we see from the cliff cam.  I've seen the Amtrak train many times in the evening (between 7:20 and 7:30 most nights) heading to the Twin Cities, and since I read the schedule on the Google link, I finally saw it on its return leg to Chicago today (around 10:30 this morning).  Thank you cam operator for giving me the view.  I'm a bit of a train nut since my Grandfather on my Dad's side was a stationmaster on the Rock Island line and have lots of family stories relating to those times.
Not much to do with birds, but like a said, I'm a bit of a train nut and thought it interesting enough to share!!

Thanks for sharing - getting to watch and hear the trains is an added benefit :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 02, 2019, 10:50:18 AM
 :o   HEAVY FOG!
Feb 2.2019
https://youtu.be/xYInTHcdkWc

I can see Michelles house - but not the river

Its about time to start looking for returning falcons!   :D




Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 07, 2019, 07:07:28 AM
PSA ... pass on

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The good news is that Flickr has extended the deadline for users to download their images from its servers before it starts mass deleting photos. The bad news is that this is definitely still happen
https://gizmodo.com/flickr-seriously-download-your-photos-before-march-12-1832418251


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 09, 2019, 08:58:55 AM
Feb. 9, 2019
Falcon at King yesterday
Its time to watch

Michele showed up in a blizzard a few years ago -
the FIRST year I watched GSB.
I had to learn to keep SOUND LOW - hahaa

Apparantly they are ice fishing on the river below dam!?

 8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 10, 2019, 03:41:05 PM
Feb 10
Snowing so heavily its a whiteout
cant see our birdhouse!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on February 15, 2019, 08:19:42 AM
8:10am 2-15-19  Peregrine returns to the bluff!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 15, 2019, 08:33:16 AM
Feb 15, 2019
Ya beat me!  lol   8)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on February 15, 2019, 09:22:48 AM
[size=12ptlol Shep. It's a long season..... ;)
I haven't seen if this bird has bands or not. Hoping it is Newman.

Got a look at left leg. No band. I believe it is Newman.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: mrsfalcon on February 15, 2019, 11:18:28 AM
Two files. The first one shows him last year, on February 27. You can see the distinctive pale marks on the back of his head - a pretty good field mark. The second was taken this morning by an Explore user. We don't get a great view of the back of his head, but I think you can see a mark there!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 15, 2019, 11:42:13 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7882/32162757567_c6b7987417_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/R17xhT)2019-02-15 (7) (https://flic.kr/p/R17xhT) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Great Spirit Bluff Falcons - Cliff View : Falcon back
https://youtu.be/SHjw5q5iR0I via lizzy g eaglespirit
2 15 19 8:12AM Falcon arrives First time we see the Falcon  back
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on February 15, 2019, 11:55:22 AM
Mrs. Falcon, I grabbed this pic earlier this morning. It sure looks like Newman's markings. He also has a dark spot on right shoulder, which can be hard to see in certain light. (Nest box picture of Newman taken last year.)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 15, 2019, 04:05:43 PM
EAGLE RESCUE
When I saw this I thot of Bob
Had to share
https://youtu.be/Oe5XtDg0FxQ
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on February 15, 2019, 05:36:52 PM
I also caught a couple of images of the bird who was at the nest. Beautiful peregrine, definitely unbanded, with some markings on the back of the head.

(https://i.ibb.co/b5J7nr6/gsb-feb-15-2a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/DfpLn71)

(https://i.ibb.co/qkLJmNB/gsb-feb-15-3a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/r4Kd5xk)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on February 16, 2019, 08:09:25 AM
Early morning:

(https://i.ibb.co/yYDMsHZ/gsb-feb-16-1a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/VQdhBfz)

(https://i.ibb.co/s5YzPdy/gsb-feb-16-2a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/bH9D3Mz)

(https://i.ibb.co/pPn5YvW/gsb-feb-16-3a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/dc7x80b)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 17, 2019, 07:46:48 AM
Feb 17
It was a worse blizzard than this the first year I saw Michele arrive!   :D
Heavy snow here, Decorah, and Racine Wis
Probly King and Sherco too I havent looked yet

Has Newman been seen again since that first day?

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 18, 2019, 07:59:04 AM
Feb 18, 2019
8 am He's back
He musta took cover in trees yesterday
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on February 18, 2019, 11:06:21 AM
He stayed for over 3 hours this morning.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on February 18, 2019, 12:10:39 PM
He stayed for over 3 hours this morning.

Great images, Lanogirl, and that last image is absolutely outstanding!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 18, 2019, 01:08:13 PM
Lanogirl those photos are amazing keepers!!!  Thank you so much!

Great Spirit Bluff Falcons Newman is Back, No Leg Band 2/18/19
https://youtu.be/3yVle2QQQ9U via eaglewhisper18

 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on February 18, 2019, 03:58:42 PM
Thank you Alison and Lori. My favorite is the third one down.  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on February 18, 2019, 09:48:28 PM
Thank you Alison and Lori. My favorite is the third one down.  :)

Lanogirl, I love that third photo also. Super cute!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on February 18, 2019, 09:56:22 PM
A few photos from earlier today, showing the bird's markings from different angles:

(https://i.ibb.co/tKd7YFM/gsb-feb-18-12a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/547NswW)

(https://i.ibb.co/7S9dmd2/gsb-feb-18-15a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/8mhLZL6)

(https://i.ibb.co/hYgXwvX/gsb-feb-18-17a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/bb6HDnH)

(https://i.ibb.co/fdsHqrk/gsb-feb-18-20a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/qYvp7mN)

(https://i.ibb.co/Gk9rX5r/gsb-feb-18-21a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/MpfJbCJ)

(https://i.ibb.co/M72z9br/gsb-feb-18-23a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/x6Cn3yW)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 19, 2019, 05:13:06 AM
(https://i.ibb.co/fdsHqrk/gsb-feb-18-20a.jpg)


Good pics for the records, Alison!
I particularly liked your
OVER THE SHOULDER   8)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on February 19, 2019, 01:51:18 PM
An eagle visit this afternoon, 1:00pm.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 21, 2019, 10:10:25 AM
Feb 21
Newman appeared
bcaw has the pic and video
http://peregrinefalcon-bcaw.net/viewforum.php?f=489

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on February 22, 2019, 09:04:25 AM
More of the fabulous Newman this morning. Young eagle yesterday.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 03, 2019, 12:14:42 PM
Mar 3, 2019
I wonder if Newman's Princess will show up again

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 04, 2019, 02:22:05 PM
GSB
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7887/46363926965_9a0bf0c1c6_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dD2fc8)2019-03-03 (26) (https://flic.kr/p/2dD2fc8) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
GSB Falcons, Snowy Falcon 2019 03 02
https://youtu.be/3wMeeXPJI6A via birdie cam
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 07, 2019, 07:33:45 AM
March 7, 2019
I hope he's a messy eater
If not, he won the fight


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 07, 2019, 05:09:09 PM
Newman waiting for Michelle. Great Spirit Bluff Falcons. 08.45 / 07 March 2019
https://youtu.be/tCLmdqUcWp0 via arlene beech

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 12, 2019, 10:16:14 AM
Newman may have found a new mate. I believe an unbanded female is hanging out with him today.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 12, 2019, 12:43:46 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/sXrVNWtY/GSBluff006.png)


March 2 bcaw caught a lil beauty sweet talkin Newman
She was banded
http://peregrinefalcon-bcaw.net/viewforum.php?f=494

I remember feeling sad when Travis didnt return some years ago.
I knew it was just a matter of time

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 12, 2019, 03:09:28 PM
She found the cliff side cubby for an afternoon meal.

Shep, I too was sad when Travis didn't return, but Newman has proven to be a great mate. I still hold out hope for Michelle's return, but if she doesn't, I hope this new female and Newman use the nestbox to raise a bunch of fluff balls.♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 12, 2019, 04:08:46 PM
I don't see a purple band on right leg... anybody? Michelle has a purple band.

Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Could This Have Been An Attempted Mating
https://youtu.be/PKjViVEGVaM via eaglewhisperer18
Tuesday 353pm CT. Wondering If Michelle is on branch, we need to see the leg bands if M or not.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 12, 2019, 04:41:59 PM
She was bowed - so probly was an attempted mating

https://youtu.be/D3bpFkQzlRg
https://youtu.be/FudG2AEAboU

Terka got those 2 videos -
AND a photo of a RACCOON

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 13, 2019, 02:30:40 PM
Pretty new female has distinctive cheeks.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 13, 2019, 02:47:32 PM
(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=865.0;attach=489978;image)

(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=865.0;attach=490449;image)


Cheeky and Newman
2019


 :-*    8)     ;)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 14, 2019, 08:04:06 AM
Newman brought breakfast offering to the lower bluff, she arrived moments later.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 14, 2019, 10:06:05 AM
March 14, 2019
I guess we have our pair
Cheeky and Newman
Michelle didnt make it back
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 14, 2019, 11:02:14 AM
Welcome home Michelle!!!
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7863/40413032493_e1d2914e23_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24zamAi)2019-03-14 (11) (https://flic.kr/p/24zamAi) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7853/40413032833_8844bfbdbe.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24zamGa)2019-03-14 (12) (https://flic.kr/p/24zamGa) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Michelle is home! great Spirit bluff Falcons. 09.50 / 14 March 2019
https://youtu.be/ndSSfJSjnCY via arlene beech
She gave us a lovely glimpse at her two bands as she took off! :-)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 14, 2019, 11:12:36 AM
GREAT NEWS!!!  :D Thank you Lori.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: fullfledged on March 14, 2019, 11:50:22 AM
Fantastic News! Thanks for posting it Lanogirl  :D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 14, 2019, 12:35:45 PM
♥♥Michelle♥♥ 3-14-19, 12:30pm.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 14, 2019, 02:03:59 PM
They didn't waste any time :)

Newman and Michelle nookie! Great Spirit Bluff Falcons. 12.24 / 14 March 2019
https://youtu.be/kJHE0FY10OA VIA ARLENE BEECH
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Linda M on March 14, 2019, 06:25:06 PM
Aw, I'm so glad Michelle is back.  Thank you for the news and photos.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: walton on March 14, 2019, 07:04:04 PM
Wonderful news! Thanks, everyone, for the photos!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 15, 2019, 01:34:51 PM
More bonding.....and pretty Michelle. Newman went to nestbox.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on March 16, 2019, 12:11:41 AM
They're looking super!!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on March 16, 2019, 11:30:20 AM
Welcome back, beautiful Michelle!

(https://i.ibb.co/H2ZX0Kj/gsb-march-15-21a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/g7Y6Grx)

(https://i.ibb.co/k2CcMHq/gsb-march-15-22a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/v4nzDwL)

(https://i.ibb.co/JCZY2Qc/gsb-march-15-24a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/jHtCGR8)

(https://i.ibb.co/6nNsh95/gsb-march-15-25a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/WxsK981)

(https://i.ibb.co/RvW4fjS/gsb-march-15-26a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/7YFNPkz)

(https://i.ibb.co/S3tPMtR/gsb-march-15-31a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/x71DB1J)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: AlisonL on March 16, 2019, 11:33:18 AM
(https://i.ibb.co/7CtJbF9/gsb-march-15-34a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/c3hcxdm)

(https://i.ibb.co/Vq9xX6v/gsb-march-15-32a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/d5MtnZQ)

(https://i.ibb.co/mtZ5WTP/gsb-march-15-33a.jpg) (https://ibb.co/tcjprK1)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 16, 2019, 04:31:35 PM
Newman hollering for her to come in.
He almost skidded off the runway so to speak.  8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 18, 2019, 07:56:09 AM
He finally entices her into the nest box with a fresh breakfast. A short time later, he brought her remains of another.

Later, Michelle came to the box and made a scrape.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on March 19, 2019, 09:01:52 AM
Saw mating at GSB this morning.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 19, 2019, 07:34:33 PM
Business as usual for these two.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 20, 2019, 08:24:30 AM
Courting continues.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 20, 2019, 03:46:58 PM
Newman had bat this morning for breakfast.
Newman leaving after a morning meeting in the nest box.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on March 21, 2019, 02:16:03 AM
Darn I wish I'd had the cam on a bit earlier, looks like the ice really let loose!  2:10 AM  By the time I posted this that large one had floated out of sight.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/steYw94zlSnk_iRxoe2_ilJxPGu75E9DSUh1q3qILyycbIuAfatorUN0MfoVM3yvHaikMtRo_cZw14ySovBKM6j-CTEPJocgBQ6FvmCLK3YnRYgiHwRqhYYEqYnvbhihzXSPNZLHWKWYY00hRgQ39WrloN1nId_3Tm_a-1HoXf4MZWZsHPJ8vPtAEORfKaB-oVFmbQuttjy9Ou831UygzPaAizyYTBbz-0Qo3Q4xCsOtRiI6YVP03EHUa-EbvCziv0owEBNgq5FxQujsmRcLXqNXc_XrW7CiB3divVN3dJsjr7Mj5nFdH_oJnLroA183zQ6dzwtxx_NRBvzG_r2e1lpiCAaobY-k26yl1Zc7o6zWQciANnVdJBX1KThnt1mKxOL3AJ8bVb7lT3ctm1Wx28v6FtGmJLx9zvNdVA76vnbX4HR95-dfTMfvnLiPWBkQMYRz6UlFhD-IgFhwDhuve2R21kycRKheI3bhDEy9a-R_HUuRKQKOtyUJVGFznKnEhGJfCJ2m7-jaqLcs4C8IKIYcOrXwoAe41yVRcsNW6uB_jQnY1XK9Pt6BDRZYGZ8ezu6z-k-aB12uhLtmSnNEBL79utzhPrtRvj9JVXOJWaNFGWV6Wm3m0va0JsBIYo7eVYeedj_H4nfQilyGZKDYlRV55e5qGSRe=w1249-h582-no)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 21, 2019, 10:35:57 AM
March 21, 2019
Spring begins - and it looks like all the ice is out on the Mississippi River in southern Minnesota!

4 pm update
Ice flows race the train
 * train won   ;D

Men should be workin on the locks, checkin,
getting them ready for the first barges



Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on March 22, 2019, 12:22:54 PM
And away we go.  Swooped down and next thing I knew both whipped around the end of the bluff that sticks out.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/r14O631VostJ9T3qji3S4D_TSzS4mIv4-zBjKV35XuwtmR0LCbuzxCVe7g50tb8KbQL3f4sRt90CruA-rTuvPAK1XSP8n2VYp4ckN3BG-NVcLdkbH8Z5Zuy82xE1yZkXjXxS8u7yixfiRNeAV8C30QhVRnbv9VR7VxbebOrUgzrSFT4VI7hbqNuVGdrNL0QOwIMZGC7LL9psQHPaTzoKeUUGHyoT_qd0Jd63ecDCvUmJEchswoWiDDmWmNuwJARD3cvCertpvTSW_wzQbhi10sS79O5xfveGYiShjwVKhJqirJu7IuUDbUwNc-kDANwMjG8P5J0NgtF683PLc1q5Q45D8MkazUlJu6YuECnBFgnVDL2cHgqJyIfqwo4CqZWHMIzj2R-EKKsKDaBytkCqradowq6Yv7PfyKIPeIl75C-2VSbmncy6Kv0K8zZK25Sn5iDc6Dn6cuWaEu7MSjwRcOjETcv4tC7aFnjNCZQ2kJlUhKiOkJmW9fVqUqQz_nad7XWLWZh04xoOA1nre2N0xolDvZi5WB5d9TdiXWzDgBHoFU2BsPu2rgJAaVHv5BmW1f78FYC0iwfXH_aFWFm51RYWYOR3ZINm8TbRmv9nBjY9N6ypjf0DF_lm_ulnbCwbKOR98O3aalDQGoRntHinlkYemTJJfv0k=w1225-h584-no)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: BrokenLug on March 22, 2019, 06:08:24 PM
Just started watching Michelle & Newman again this year.  8) ;D

Question, there are two camera feeds on the RRP  GSB Peregrine Falcons page (https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/gsb-falcons/).

I believe the 1st (top) video feed is the called the "Cliff Cam".
It works and streams live video on my end.

What is the name of the 2nd camera feed and does it still work, does it get turned on later in the season, is it viewable by others here ?

I'm just trying to determine if it's an issue on my end or it really is .. "This live stream recording is not available."

TIA if any GSB falcon cam fans are in the know .. this is all I get if I click on the 2nd cam feed  ???
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on March 23, 2019, 02:39:23 AM
Wow that's different.  I guess I get to the cams from Amy's page and never saw that.  I'll have to look around tomorrow.  I've only known there are two cams and usually it's one or the other that's on?
https://raptorresource.org/falcon_cams/
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: BrokenLug on March 23, 2019, 03:02:32 AM
Hmm, OK, thanks Nora.

Saved your "quick link" page, that's handy.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 23, 2019, 02:36:00 PM
(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=865.0;attach=491159;image)
March 21 the lock was closed on both ends

March 23 the downriver end is OPEN

Cliff cam
https://youtu.be/xYInTHcdkWc

nestbox cam
https://youtu.be/nN_gCsKu2k4

Explore
http://explore.org/live-cams/player/peregrine-falcon-cam

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on March 23, 2019, 02:48:21 PM
Cliff cam
https://youtu.be/xYInTHcdkWc

nestbox cam
https://youtu.be/nN_gCsKu2k4


Gee Shep, didn't know there was a separate one for just at the nest box!  Thanks!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 26, 2019, 06:10:03 PM
Egg time is near. They have been busy chasing eagles and discussing matters of courtship.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 27, 2019, 03:30:06 AM
WHOLE LOTTA FERTILIZIN GOIN ON!   :o

 ;D    8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: mrsfalcon on March 27, 2019, 09:34:55 AM
Shep, lol! Nice caps everyone! I don't know that we'll see an egg today, but March 27 is the earliest we've ever seen one. First you get the spring tide of birds, and then you get the spring tide of eggs!  ;)

Amy
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 27, 2019, 09:45:42 AM
I am so happy to see our King plant hatch  Breezy return to Elk River box.
She fleged 4 in 2018 - her first breeding year!

Both King and Sherco - BOTH falcons are there and BOTH have bowed in the house

So - who will lay the first egg?

GSB
Elk
King
Sherco

Who's in charge of the pool?
LOL

 8)

When does the first barge come up/down the river?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 27, 2019, 01:48:49 PM
Newman is busy again. He tried to hide at the lower bluff.  Michelle spent more time in the box this morning.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 27, 2019, 02:51:07 PM
I saw her under there yesterday, and wondered if she'd nest there instead of in the box

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 27, 2019, 08:15:10 PM
Shep, I wondered the same as they have been hanging out there. I still believe she will use the box though. Fingers crossed. At least the camera can zoom to lower bluff just in case.
Newman brought dinner to her al fresco at Le Sumac.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on March 27, 2019, 09:48:21 PM
BrokenLug --
I don't think anyone every really answered your question about the cams and I SHOULD know, but I always thought we got whichever view depending on which camera was on.  Sounds dumb after this long, but thought they used one at a time.  I easily could be wrong about this.  Maybe now someone will say something, now we both want to know.  ;)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on March 27, 2019, 09:51:53 PM
Newman is busy again. He tried to hide at the lower bluff.  Michelle spent more time in the box this morning.
  Oh my word!! :-\
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: BrokenLug on March 28, 2019, 12:39:54 AM
I've made a Google Map of the general locations of RRP Forum Members.

Would anyone here be interested in knowing (Generally) where everybody else is posting from ?
I'm not using anyone's exact location at all, not even close.

I can plot the centroid of any county in the USA.
Your Forum Username gets added to the "Member Locations_County Centers" list.
You can click on a Username in the list -or- on a map "Pin" to find out what general area they're located in.

If there are multiple Forum Members located on the same counties Centroid then I'm going to "fudge" them around that counties center indiscriminately so that "User" pins don't get obscured. You might have to zoom the map in to see all of that 'counties' icons.

I'm always reading member reports about weather events, wildlife sightings and so forth, but I loose track of where everyone is located in this little country of ours.   ;)

If anyone is interested in sharing their general location on the map Private Message me only your forum Username, State and County.

In Example:

BrokenLug
NJ
Bergen

Again, the Forum Member 'map pins' will be located only on (or very near) the center of your County. *

I'll be adding members to the list as I have time and depending on how many PM's I get slammed with it could take awhile to add them all.
So if you don't see your Username right away check back in a day or so and your pin should be there.  :)

Click on a Name in the Member Locations list, zoom in & pan around, there might be more RRP Forum Members in your county then you realized.   8)

This is the link to the Google "RRP Forum Members" Map, save this link:

https://tiny.cc/pt533y

-Edit to add-

There are presently 37 forum member 'yellow pins' on the Google map.  :)
* If you want to share the location of the CENTER of your COUNTY with others forum members here send me your Username, State and County via a Private Message and I'll gladly add your "Pin" to the map.

BrokenLug

This is looking crazy cool on my end RRP Eagle Nation.  8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 28, 2019, 04:15:33 AM
No surprise Minnsnowta-Iowa have the most
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: BrokenLug on March 28, 2019, 05:22:00 AM
Nope
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 28, 2019, 10:32:51 AM
Elk River 'Breezy' laid the first RRP egg   8)
well ....
first after Genoa ....  :-\
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on March 28, 2019, 10:59:00 AM
A couple eagle chases this morning. First photo, you can barely see pefa to the left of eagle. 2nd photo, Newman was ahead of what appears to be a young eagle. Michelle left perch to help escort the eagle out.
Newman's speedy exit.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 28, 2019, 11:13:47 AM
LOL!  2 magniticent species!
Do you think the eagles are teasing the falcons intentionally?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on March 28, 2019, 05:01:03 PM
Those are great catches.  Newman must have broken off the chase and headed for the nest box before Michelle took off.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 30, 2019, 04:41:33 AM
March 30
4 am  I went full screen and saw a bird standing on top of the nestbox
Probably Michelle but I cant tell

5.45 am
Cam op panned close up - yep, its Michelle
I hope its the cam bouncing around, not the nestbox!
heckuva wind!   :o

7.45 am
Very entertaining, cam op panned to show Michelle up on the clifftop, Newman at the nestbox - then he flew up and - fertilized her    :o    ;)
I happened to have it on full screen

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 01, 2019, 06:36:25 AM
April 1
6.35 am
She's concentrating ........

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 02, 2019, 02:04:50 AM
April 2  Rain
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 02, 2019, 08:35:11 AM
Egg 1 has just arrived.♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on April 02, 2019, 09:01:12 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7813/32579883217_902185a13d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RCYqdr)2019-04-02 (12) (https://flic.kr/p/RCYqdr) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

First egg for Michelle. Slo-Mo. Great Spirit Bluff Falcons. 08.32 / 02 April 2019
https://youtu.be/utgEkfnbnko via arlene beech
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 02, 2019, 10:43:08 AM
Around 9am, Newman couldn't resist getting a look-see and a quick egg sit.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lanogirl on April 04, 2019, 09:45:07 PM
Egg 2 has arrived. Not sure of exact time. Sometime between 9:30 and 9:40pm ♥♥
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 07, 2019, 01:01:04 PM
3 EGGS
April 7
7 am  Still 2 eggs
1 pm egg 3
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on April 07, 2019, 01:43:44 PM
Great news  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 08, 2019, 02:34:27 PM
April 8, 2019
I've been waiting to see the first barge!
I didnt see if it passed thru the locks tho - ?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 10, 2019, 05:56:06 AM
4 EGGS

STORM WARNINGS
April 10   Temp 30 rain sleet snow
This storm may pop an egg outta Sherco, King and GSB
4.45 am  She looks like she may be laying egg 4

Egg 1  April 2 at 9.30 am  raining
Egg 2  April 4 at 9.30 pm
Egg 3  April 7 at 1 pm
Egg 4  April 10 at 5.30 am - seen
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on April 10, 2019, 08:01:07 PM
Good girl Michelle.

8 PM - Still waiting at King & Sherco.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 11, 2019, 04:01:33 AM
April 11  Temp 30 sleet, ice, snow, wind
4 am   She's flat on eggs, snow inside all sparkly and pretty
 - unfortunately that looks like snice -  poor girl, how much is ice?
9.45 am  Break time
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 12, 2019, 03:05:22 AM
Nestwrap April 12, 2019
Blizzard report, Temps above freezing

Sherco Nestbox buried in snow along with egg(s)
Has she abandoned it or will she return?
Long icicles hang at the entrance. Today it could all melt
Temps above freezing so there *may* be hope

Our falcons trooper on during blizzard!
Wind has been just awful and birds are bringing prey inside box overnite

Both King and Elk River boxes escaped being buried inside
Alma had snow inside Thursday
Genoa doesnt appear to have snow inside - new link
https://youtu.be/sU9ru4kqfBU

GSB box had icy snow Thursday, but our kids kept eggs warm.
Friday both cams out
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 06, 2019, 09:47:49 AM
May 6
yes we have a pip
I heard M kaking and looked

She has eagles, swallows, and many other birds diving by her box.
Id think she'd be a nervous wreck.  lol

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 06, 2019, 07:55:51 PM
May 6 via RRP
We?re on hatch watch at Great Spirit Bluff after one of our sharp-eyed fans spotted a pip in one of the eggs earlier today! We sometimes have multiple eggs hatch on the same day or just a day apart here, so we?ll be keeping our eyes on it!

(https://www.raptorresource.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IMG_1972.jpg)
Pip at GSB, credit Laurie McCann
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 07, 2019, 02:25:15 AM
Been checking on Michelle. Can't get a video. Will have to check back later or in morning.  Good luck little pip  :-*
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 07, 2019, 06:34:56 AM
6.30 am May 7
Cam is up
Pip is a little bigger - not a lot

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 10, 2019, 08:41:14 PM
GSB Norman & Michelle.  Hatch watch today!

Norman tonight (left side)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46905471565_56759bc821_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2esSNwZ)2019-05-10 (14) (https://flic.kr/p/2esSNwZ) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Eggs tonight
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46905470955_9bc012b4e6_m.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2esSNmt)2019-05-10 (13) (https://flic.kr/p/2esSNmt) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Michelle tonight
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46905472065_8c61d88c72.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2esSNFB)2019-05-10 (18) (https://flic.kr/p/2esSNFB) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 11, 2019, 09:14:32 AM
Great sunset catch, especially with Newman in it too  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 11, 2019, 11:13:53 AM
May 11
Saw a boat racing fast south on the river

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 12, 2019, 06:31:43 AM
May 12
These 2 peep to each other inside the box

Another cam the female doesnt even wait for the male to escape

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 12, 2019, 02:46:31 PM
(http://peregrinus.pl/media/kunena/attachments/609/Przechwytywaniewtrybiepenoekranowym12.05.2019204236.jpg)


May 12
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 12, 2019, 02:50:13 PM
I've been waiting!!!  PIP :)
Chick on way! Great Spirit Bluff Falcons. 11.35 / 12 May 2019
https://youtu.be/AAjZX4YjKCk via arlene beech
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 12, 2019, 04:54:21 PM
4.53 pm
Its appeared we have a hatch
but she hasnt pulled the shell out yet

YES!  There it is.  Mom's eating the shell

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 12, 2019, 04:56:31 PM
Watching Michelle & Normans little ones hatching.  It looks like 2 eggs are hatching?  Is that possible?  Aren't they spread apart like eagles?  Cool to see!!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 12, 2019, 05:02:16 PM
I see an empty shell!!!  No peeks at lil ones yet!  Happy Mothers Day Michelle!!!  So happy!!!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/40869657203_c3a603f833_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25gvFd8)2019-05-12 (19) (https://flic.kr/p/25gvFd8) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 12, 2019, 05:09:07 PM
we have a hatch!!! Not confirmed by RRP but it here's a pic :) Congrats Michelle & Newman!!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33959038568_4b6a76723e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TJQX3Y)2019-05-12 (23) (https://flic.kr/p/TJQX3Y) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 12, 2019, 05:13:43 PM
we may have 2 soon
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 12, 2019, 08:00:41 PM
Finally got a pic of GSB's 1st hatch.  I was a little overly excited today but to see it live on cam is AMAZING!!!
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47785183382_8e3979ac67_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fNByd7)2019-05-12 (31) (https://flic.kr/p/2fNByd7) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

GSB Falcons , 1st chick hatched, 2019 05 12
https://youtu.be/Rt10PCAT6IM via birdiecam
GSB Falcons, first baby 2019 05 12
https://youtu.be/Vf3IAIyfKl0 via birdiecam
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 12, 2019, 08:51:51 PM
Congratulations GSB.  As yes Lori, they CAN hatch close together.  Genoa hatched three in one day this year and I've seen it other places.  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 13, 2019, 08:33:04 AM
Thanks Nora!

Newman and lil one this morning
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33963491128_baedc34563_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TKeLDf)2019-05-13 (4) (https://flic.kr/p/TKeLDf) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Michelle bringing breakfast
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33963556038_6d616c92f2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TKf6Wo)2019-05-13 (10) (https://flic.kr/p/TKf6Wo) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
lil one leaning against egg see little wing, having hard time keeping head up :)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32896954507_af2db24e23.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/S7ZusP)2019-05-13 (11) (https://flic.kr/p/S7ZusP) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 13, 2019, 04:09:23 PM
May 13
Its after 4 pm
Its been 24 hours since #1 hatched
and he still doesnt have a sibling.
This is rare.  I wonder

BALTIMORE
Only 2 of her 4 eggs hatched - prior ALL her eggs hatch

Genoa Wis
3 hatched but didnt live a day

Tuff year   :(

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: SAI_Peregrinus on May 13, 2019, 07:45:57 PM
There's a pretty clear pip on one of the remaining eggs. Don't give up hope for a sibling yet!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 13, 2019, 11:12:10 PM
Goodnight Michelle and lil ones.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47793574792_a271822aeb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fPmyFA)2019-05-13 (46) (https://flic.kr/p/2fPmyFA) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 14, 2019, 06:53:08 AM
#2
May 14
6.52 am Hatch 2 just fell outta the shell.
I'd lost hope

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 14, 2019, 08:20:58 AM
Thanks for update Shep!
Congrats Michelle & Newman!!!
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46932079865_b158bd4018_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2evebfM)2019-05-14 (2) (https://flic.kr/p/2evebfM) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: SAI_Peregrinus on May 14, 2019, 09:39:35 AM
I think there's a pip on egg 3. Can't post screenshots right now (at work, watching on my phone) but there's a definite white spot forming.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 14, 2019, 10:20:39 AM
GSB
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47793128702_9255a971e9_m.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fPjh5o)2019-05-13 (42) (https://flic.kr/p/2fPjh5o) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47793128062_15e079ec0d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fPjgTm)2019-05-13 (43) (https://flic.kr/p/2fPjgTm) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, So Cute,Michelle Feeds Eyas 5/13/19
https://youtu.be/WjwhGbYkhp8 VIA eaglewhisperer18
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 14, 2019, 10:22:27 AM
CUTE!   :-*

I speculate the harsh winter, the late snow INSIDE the NESTBOX has had a lot to do with spacing of hatching

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 14, 2019, 02:00:40 PM
2 pm
Egg 3 is going to hatch too - could be today
its a mess
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 14, 2019, 06:07:32 PM
Baby oopsies...they are fine now under mama! Michelle knocked lil one over when leaving nest and Newman is there feeding and tucked lil one under him.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32907488077_3b62371f79_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/S8VtJ6)2019-05-14 (24) (https://flic.kr/p/S8VtJ6) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47851581181_f3d86dbacb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fUtRXK)2019-05-14 (28) (https://flic.kr/p/2fUtRXK) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 15, 2019, 03:58:38 AM
LOL!  Lori - I'm glad you got that pic!
I saw the chick struggling - it was both funny and sad

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 15, 2019, 09:22:26 PM
(https://i.pinimg.com/564x/36/5b/b1/365bb1d261e05e0538939e9f45dc47ed.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: SAI_Peregrinus on May 15, 2019, 09:48:46 PM
Just had an (unsuccessful) owl attack.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 15, 2019, 10:37:29 PM
GSB Owl attempted attack.  Michelle and little ones are ok.
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/5/16/20190516T031239_828655.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/5/16/20190516T024141_827427.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/5/16/20190516T023729_827301.ts.jpg)

Michelle alerted by something and something crashed on the camera!  The family is ok now.  She will be on alert tonight all night.  I check in on them periodically throughout the night. It was an attempted owl attack.
https://youtu.be/zfLupd6q7hY via LoriD
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 15, 2019, 11:00:46 PM
Someone posted this pic on explore.org.  The owl actually went inside the nest box.  I hope it's gone and doesn't come back and that the eggs are ok.   :(
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/166fcbb90d5f37f1946469962c6f903f3558ec9ee2751291ca3f42f24d0e0d2e.jpg?w=800&h=507)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 15, 2019, 11:16:34 PM
I recorded the part when the owl got inside the nest box.  Again, Michelle and little ones are ok.
https://youtu.be/o-vEp92pNMw via Lori D

GHO attack cliff view | GSB Falcons | 16.05.2019
https://youtu.be/-5Josm6iSA0 via Ellen
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 15, 2019, 11:34:36 PM
Thanks for getting those videos!  Glad all is ok.  What a year, GHO at GSB and raccoon at Genoa.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 16, 2019, 03:05:43 AM
Michelle thwarts GHO attack
A GHO tried twice to get Michelle's chicks, going into the box and landing on the perch. Seen from both cameras.
6 minutes video on Explore
https://youtu.be/S_Z5-0Gh62E

Shepnote
I am surprised Newman didnt join the fray - or maybe he did
Great cam work

A couple years ago watching cliff cam off season about 3 am,
I saw a GHO on perch - it went inside box & looked about
No falcon around

Thanks Lori!
Owls falcons eagles dont compete for prey,
but are enemies of each other

Good pics on Explore
https://explore.org/livecams/falcons/peregrine-falcon-cam
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 16, 2019, 07:52:45 AM
GSB this morning all is well
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47809774572_3fe2515aae_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fQMAj9)2019-05-16 (https://flic.kr/p/2fQMAj9) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/1422223[email protected]/), on Flickr
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32917864007_5b4f6d2ca7.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/S9QE8r)2019-05-16 (7) (https://flic.kr/p/S9QE8r) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 16, 2019, 08:06:05 AM
I wonder WHY the owl attacked?
There is no competition and prey should be plentiful

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 16, 2019, 01:04:47 PM
Recorded this earlier... Newman bringing lunch for the family.  Michelle will not leave the nest today.
https://youtu.be/lAcCZQMuMe0 via LoriD.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 16, 2019, 08:48:24 PM
I wonder WHY the owl attacked?
There is no competition and prey should be plentiful
My assumption would be it was going after the young and/or egg for a meal.

From a DNR site:  Peregrine falcons have few natural threats and may live 15 years once they have learned to hunt. Predators such as raccoons and great-horned owls occasionally take eggs or chicks from the nests. People have posed the greatest threat to this master of the air. Shooting, taking of eggs and young, poisoning and habitat destruction all contributed to the decline of peregrine falcons from much of their historic range.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 17, 2019, 03:18:04 AM
Perhaps the owl is injured and seeking easy prey.
When Mom was so fierced the owl fled
If injured it will return
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 17, 2019, 07:36:45 AM
Michelle this morning... finally some shut eye during the day!  She has not left the nest box or slept since the owl incident.  Been checking on them during night.  What a great Mom!
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47078995644_7fa3d88773.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eJdacs)2019-05-17 (3) (https://flic.kr/p/2eJdacs) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 17, 2019, 10:54:41 AM
May 17
11 am It appears EGG 3 is about to hatch!

Yep. It was the April blizzard with ice water inside nestboxs that delayed the hatchs.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 17, 2019, 05:22:22 PM
With a little coaxing from Newman, Michelle finally stretched her little legs and wings and left the nest for approximately 3 minutes earlier today. :)  Precious.  Possible pip in egg 3 also.

https://youtu.be/QkLEna6NN8g via Lori D

(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5e46406aa61729895604e227961244599977e04c8159706e4e1684cee855b881.png?w=480&h=305)
(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.explore.org%2Fsn%2F2019%2F5%2F17%2F20190517T132726_889937.ts.jpg&key=rCst4tqyJ49K3TjttlIMWg&w=480&h=226)
(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.explore.org%2Fsn%2F2019%2F5%2F17%2F20190517T160154_894566.ts.jpg&key=Pf6BopvwUr2mcIhij93H8g&w=480&h=226)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/5/17/20190517T160144_894561.ts.jpg) photos via explore
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 18, 2019, 04:15:06 AM
I'm no expert, however, that first pic I posted with the "pip" looks like ps to me.   Hasn't it been to long for the other 2 to hatch? 
These 2 are doing great.  I am loving this nest and pray for the best for all of them.  Got some mid west weather coming this weekend.  Take care all. 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 19, 2019, 05:47:36 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/40918425743_97ec0f0f25_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/25kPCp2)2019-05-19 (14) (https://flic.kr/p/25kPCp2) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

Second breakfast for Tiny Two at Great Spirit Bluff. 06.28 / 19 May 2019
https://youtu.be/dvpaFcXqHiY via arlene beech
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 21, 2019, 05:21:58 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47903504671_9d0563d865.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2fZ4Z1k)2019-05-21 (26) (https://flic.kr/p/2fZ4Z1k) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/5/21/20190521T192649_164704.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/5/20/20190520T224242_127418.ts.jpg)

Two early feeds for the chicks! Great Spirit Bluff Falcons. 06.51 / 21 May 2019
https://youtu.be/8iL3qJYpBoY via arlene beech
first time I've seen the wiper "live"
https://youtu.be/K6IN0O0YxQ8 Recorded by Lori D.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 25, 2019, 08:41:07 PM
GSB little ones and Michelle
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9a6b377b28d9dfb2eaf678fb87ed964f187bf1ab383f459613ab9959118f6ff7.jpg?w=480&h=392) via explore
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47932610283_02903b99c3.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2g2Da6e)2019-05-25 (20) (https://flic.kr/p/2g2Da6e) by LORI DAVIS (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Breakfast for tiny pair at Great Spirit Bluff Falcons. 06.23 / 25 May 2019
https://youtu.be/aOMsGeju69M via arlene beech
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 30, 2019, 05:12:14 PM
Banding is this Saturday, June 1st.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 01, 2019, 11:08:34 AM
GSB banding day!!! 1p.
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Raptor Resource Project
Weather permitting (it looks good!), we'll be banding at Great Spirit Bluff on Saturday, June 1st, at 1pm! We'll post picture and videos afterwards!


2018 banding photo
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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 01, 2019, 11:14:01 AM
LOL
he looks like he's saying
HOW DARE YOU!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 02, 2019, 08:10:18 AM
GSB Carson & Kira! 
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c6eb486a4eb63fe7375e4f11e8573fb00642632b6f06b207d829c1e8e95bf61d.png?w=480&h=337)

Kira in the front, Carson in the back
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e90cb41cd8ebcb4662822991d50d150cd0bfe439fd0dba6c657e247f8424ee5.png?w=480&h=226)

29/R = Carson (male)
28/D = Kira (female)


Breakfast for Kira and Carson. Great Spirit Bluff Falcons. 07.30 / 02 June 2019
https://youtu.be/mgEpcDmzdkAvia arlene beech
Yesterday
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ac8d8d1cfff6021fcfd73848e0593ec3fda0dfeea370f2617898dc52288968b.png?w=480&h=276) photos via explore.org
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 02, 2019, 12:28:20 PM
They are so snowy white this year!  Great wing tips and names.   :)  Thanks.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 02, 2019, 11:14:40 PM
Quote
"first time I've seen the wiper "live"
https://youtu.be/K6IN0O0YxQ8 Recorded by L
ori D.

I bet that's the day I saw it on the Flyway cam!  Talk about a nice surprise. :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 03, 2019, 02:55:50 AM
I've seen the camwiper before   8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 03, 2019, 08:36:18 AM
Whats goin on?
Is the current that strong?
Are they waiting for an upstream barge to pass first?
Later I note a tug came upriver to help get it thru the lock.
The river is flooding, the current may have been too strong.
odd tho....
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 03, 2019, 08:45:31 PM
 With levels up some rivers are really rolling.  It looked like they were off kilter and needed straightening out??
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 06, 2019, 03:52:34 AM
How to  Trigger Mom
AGAIN?  Every year the kids do that!
Do they have a manuel hidden in that box?
I am so glad RRP put that shelf between the box and the outer perch!!
https://youtu.be/aQjaXSFts8o

bcaw kitten posted video
GSB 06 05 2019 Michelle Saves Kira at The Last Minute (Cliff View)
mocha mama on Jun 5, 2019
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on June 09, 2019, 07:41:56 AM
An owl attacked the nest box this morning.  Michelle fought very hard and did get him out of the box but the damage was done.  It is apparent that one of the eyass has died.   

 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 09, 2019, 08:08:24 AM
O How sad!
We have seen GHO here for several years,
but this is the FIRST owlicide

Raw Nature. video - from both cams.
June 9, 2019
Mom had left the nestbox and the GHO saw its opportunity.   
https://youtu.be/OfjUMNwHLJk

8.45 am
One chick ate
One chick is stomping around
The owl *may have* taken one out
This is ONLY my observation
If we dont see 3 moving chicks RRP may opt to intervene

10.30 am
I have watched continually.
I have only seen ONE chick moving
Mom's been laying inside picking bugs


(http://i62.tinypic.com/eb6lc1.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on June 09, 2019, 10:36:38 AM
Shep -- Just to clarify.  There were two chicks here:  Kira and Carson.  Apparently Kira was killed by the owl and Carson survives.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 09, 2019, 10:40:21 AM
O thanks! I thot there were 4!
I'm sorry!!

You know which one was killed??

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on June 09, 2019, 12:45:32 PM
Kira was the one who was killed.  She was the female.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 09, 2019, 01:20:31 PM
Ginger I got the breakfast feeding video this morning had not watched it yet  :'( :'( :'(
Thank you for letting us know.  So sad :(

Breakfast at Great Spirit Bluff Falcons. 06.27 / 09 June 2019

https://youtu.be/4XkPWjUck1w via arlene beech
One chick didn't survive the GHO attack.

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 09, 2019, 01:51:51 PM
Here is GSB Carson he looks OK.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48031741826_a9b7c466c7_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gbperL)2019-06-09 (6) (https://flic.kr/p/2gbperL) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on June 09, 2019, 02:34:47 PM
Ginger I got the breakfast feeding video this morning had not watched it yet  :'( :'( :'(
Thank you for letting us know.  So sad :(

Breakfast at Great Spirit Bluff Falcons. 06.27 / 09 June 2019

https://youtu.be/4XkPWjUck1w via arlene beech
One chick didn't survive the GHO attack.

Lori -- First thing I saw on my computer this morning was news of the owl attack.  I'm heartbroken.  I so hope the GHO doesn't return but I know they can be relentless.  Michelle is the best mom and will do her best to defend Carson.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 09, 2019, 04:13:10 PM
The bugs in there are so bad.
Kira will only atract more bugs.
I wonder if RRP has considered removing her

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 10, 2019, 10:14:50 AM
Normally someone doesn't go to remove a deceased chick.  The parents will most likely remove her or (sorry) she will become a meal.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 10, 2019, 11:15:26 AM
food is so plentiful perhaps not the latter.
I for one would NOT want RRP to risk retrieving her
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 10, 2019, 12:44:34 PM
Many times they will just remove the deceased from the nest box themselves.  Although RRP is allowed to band the young, they are required to disturb them as little as possible and someone climbing down could cause Carson to jump.  Trust Michelle and Newman.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 10, 2019, 12:45:38 PM
GSB Carson and Michelle a few minutes ago. They are doing fine. :)Missing you Kira.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48038318662_aa5042c6fd.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gbYWvu)2019-06-10 (11) (https://flic.kr/p/2gbYWvu) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48038256358_79341608f8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gbYBZh)2019-06-10 (12) (https://flic.kr/p/2gbYBZh) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 10, 2019, 03:14:27 PM
(http://i68.tinypic.com/23i791v.jpg)


OOPS!  AHHH ...
June 10
He got back in, he just literally dove back in!  lol

The side of the box appears slippery
I am thankful RRP has that platform between perchs!!
Tomorrow he'll perch!
write it down

 8)


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 10, 2019, 03:58:43 PM
Oh my...............he's learning.  :-*
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 10, 2019, 04:08:04 PM
nora - he's making a purring sound -
its weird
I'm used to EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 11, 2019, 04:08:52 AM
June 11
Amy, RRP emailed me they will - NOT - take the risk of going down to remove Kira.
There is risk to both Carson and human.

I personally expect Carson to - FLUDGE - sooner than - WE - are ready.
You all see how eager he is to be OUTSIDE! He's a FALCON!   :D
He tried REPEATEDLY June 10 to perch like Mom!

I am SO GLAD RRP put that platform between the 2 perchs!
I think Carson is using that to help him jump back inside.
Now they need that fake grass covering - this wood looks too slippery.
The Pa and Racine nestboxs have a green fake grass covered box perch.
Its a beautifully crafted box for a human!

Explore has several pics of Carson's escape attempts
https://explore.org/livecams/falcons/falcon-nest-cam
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 11, 2019, 01:07:01 PM
HE's GONE!
June 11, 2019
afternoon
Not gonna keep Carson inside!
He perched pretty good - he's getting it.
He got out - and in - on his own
You can see him thinking!

1.20 pm  Carson slipped off and went down.
I am NOT worried.  He knows his wings are to fly / balance.
He's been using them.  He is FAR FAR better off down there.
Mom was hot on his tail


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 11, 2019, 01:55:02 PM
(http://i67.tinypic.com/28u4l8y.jpg)


June 11, 2019
afternoon
Dont you love the FAMILY PHOTO?
I do!
Mom peckin on Kira
Dad comes to see whats up
He leaves and his son follows him ... sorta .....

2.15 pm  I hear Carson screaming!
Cam op found him hopping around on a bush
Dad is guarding him
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 11, 2019, 02:30:19 PM
he found him
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 11, 2019, 02:54:15 PM
I don't see him.  Here is Carson before.  The cam is scanning.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48045336771_2c5b9694ce_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gcAUKn)2019-06-11 (15) (https://flic.kr/p/2gcAUKn) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 11, 2019, 03:05:50 PM
Here he is... he is moving. Looks like he's in a safe spot until fledge.  Prayers for you Carson!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48045479513_866f94864c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gcBDbr)2019-06-11 (19) (https://flic.kr/p/2gcBDbr) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 11, 2019, 03:23:05 PM
Carson falling from nest
https://youtu.be/JUff4M6QaPo via LoriD
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 11, 2019, 04:16:00 PM
a racoon checks out Carson while parents fly by and alert | GSB Falcons |
https://youtu.be/b1OZPQz58sg via elen
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 11, 2019, 04:20:19 PM
Carson stretching wings via elen
(https://i.gyazo.com/6cd2e762a4d3e4b43c6e6bd5558ea164.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 11, 2019, 04:22:32 PM
if a raccoon walked by, he's on ground level - not good

owl
coon
what next - coyote?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 11, 2019, 06:01:23 PM
a racoon checks out Carson while parents fly by and alert | GSB Falcons |
https://youtu.be/b1OZPQz58sg via elen
OMG  :-\
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 12, 2019, 07:37:08 AM
(https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/64360478_2253043838065556_2771766945588969472_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_oc=AQlcgFn4PmA7Ykctkcnqs4-s461JkI1JV43GllAO2UQmNS9g67xACRl18DkZ2rxCe24&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=afda2f216c52dd09cf1c7b4d5cc001de&oe=5D7E940D)
VIA RRP FB
Carson, the remaining falcon at Great Spirit Bluff, jumped from his nest box this afternoon. He was 30 days old, or roughly eight days younger than the youngest age we might expect fledge. Although we treated the box and had a fan blowing, we think the black flies probably became overwhelming, causing him to bolt.

He landed in the brush and appears to be fine. We've seen Michelle and Newman take care of young below the bluff previously, so we're monitoring the situation remotely. We don't want to try to catch him and put him back on the box, since chances are high he would jump again. We also don't want to drive him deeper into cover, which could make it harder for Michelle and Newman to reach him. We'll intervene if we think it is necessary, but for now, we are leaning on the lesson we first learned in 2013: peregrine parents will find and care for their young even below the bluff.

As watchers (and rehabbers) know, this has been a tough year for blackflies/gnats, with many areas experiencing record hatches. We will continue to reach out to experts on the subject as we deal with the problem.

Thank you for watching and caring.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 12, 2019, 07:39:09 AM
I saw that message on Explore.
I heard carson screaming this morning but havent seen him
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 12, 2019, 10:17:28 AM
Those big eyes.  Thanks Lori.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: lcjordan on June 12, 2019, 04:30:35 PM
Patricia Dickerson grabbed these photos. She says, parent just came out of hole where Carson is. She tells me the time was about 3:08 PM on 6/12/19.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: pdickrsn on June 12, 2019, 04:34:12 PM
it was at 3:08 that I captured the parent coming out of hole
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 13, 2019, 06:25:37 AM
June 13
6.30 am
The dawn is full of both parents hovering over Carson, kaking
and Carson screaming
Love to know whats goin on

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 13, 2019, 07:48:15 AM
GSB... Carson is being quite vocal this morning. Both parents are close by.  All good so far! Prayers lil guy!  :-*  2 bottom pics from this morning.

(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/11/20190611T223217_482466.ts.jpg) photo last night 530p via explore

(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/13/20190613T110221_548168.ts.jpg)

(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/12/20190612T174515_517055.ts.jpg) photos via explore
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on June 13, 2019, 06:06:31 PM
June 13 2019

The Parent's definitely know where Carson is....YAY

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 15, 2019, 09:22:20 AM
June 15 2019
Hey Newman!
Can Carson come play?   :)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 15, 2019, 10:41:10 AM
Is that coon up higher or down by Carson?  I noticed it's the cliff view.  :-\
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 15, 2019, 04:19:48 PM
Raccoon ruckus June 15
BONK!  Ow!  Michelle says - GIT OUTTA HERE!
https://disq.us/url?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgyazo.com%2Fb1968e2481ed1f0284f6a60da45c5178%3AKgXCo8UuNqmYD3U-Qb0upfruplI&cuid=1407162

https://gyazo.com/b1968e2481ed1f0284f6a60da45c5178
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 15, 2019, 04:27:59 PM
Go Michelle!!!!!  :D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 15, 2019, 06:11:55 PM
bcaw bev saw Carson as they zoomed in at 5:52pm
His feathers are darkening - he isnt so white anymore
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 15, 2019, 09:09:50 PM
He's going to be harder to see, but great he's getting more feathers!!  It's amazing how they can find him with the cam and keep track of him.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 16, 2019, 03:57:46 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/h4sS7tkV/great-spirit-june14-1-2019.jpg)


 :)  Yup, Nora - cam ops are A-MA-ZING!
Carson's only a BRIEF flash of feathers

Carson has moved from his first landing spot.
He fludged 8 days from normal fledge, 4 days ago.
So its still too soon for GOOD views of him.
Its hard to see him - just a flash of some white feathers
https://youtu.be/VxbOL3jQGq8

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 16, 2019, 09:23:16 AM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48038256358_79341608f8_z.jpg)
Carson June 10 by Lori

(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=865.0;attach=499509;image)
(http://i67.tinypic.com/28u4l8y.jpg)

(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=865.0;attach=499515;image)
Final images of Carson at home
June 11 afternoon he freed himself of the flies

TODAY June 16 Carson is 35 days old - BROWN
Here are other falcon chicks to show feathering
28, 30 and 35 days.

30 days distinct black feathers with the white down
Chicks 35 days brown with down on wings, head and pantaloons
Carson jumped from his nest box at 30 days old
LOOK how MUCH he will have changed in 5 days!
He is not white anymore!
https://www.birdsoutsidemywindow.org/peregrine-faqs/peregrine-chicks-week-to-week-development
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on June 16, 2019, 07:09:10 PM
June 16 2016

While looking for Carson the camera operator caught this lol.


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 16, 2019, 09:00:58 PM
Awww a woodchuck  :)

It's amazing how fast those feathers come in, isn't it.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 17, 2019, 03:35:32 AM
Today they are mostly white
Next morning colored feathers have popped out!   :o

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 17, 2019, 10:40:50 AM
GSB you can hear Carson and he appears to be on the move per explore.org.  He appears to be OK, I've been watching and my eyes play tricks on me so not sure if I'm really seeing him or not.  But he has a good set of lungs! :)

(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/17/20190617T010605_703080.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/17/20190617T010955_703195.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/16/20190616T211541_696168.ts.jpg) photos via explore
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 17, 2019, 12:32:42 PM
I'm so glad he's doing ok!  I think we're all holding our breaths here.  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on June 17, 2019, 07:11:12 PM
From RRP Facebook page around an hour ago:

We're getting asked about Carson, the surviving falcon from Great Spirit Bluff who left the nest box on June 11, at 30 days of age. He has moved from his original landing spot and is being fed and protected by Mom and Dad Michelle and Newman. We've seen them drop food and drive off a raccoon, and watched Carson self-feed. As of this post, Carson is 36 days old. Male falcons often fledge at around 38 or 40 days of age. We hope to see him back at the nestbox or perched in a tree later this week!

A few videos:

6/15/19: Raccoon - https://youtu.be/CnzFHd5cn7E. Raccoons not welcome! Somebirdy makes that extremely clear at around 4:27 as a raccoon climbs into the dead tree that Michelle and Newman perch in. It retreats to the underbrush, where we briefly see it pass by at 5:38. At 7:20, we see Michelle perched in the tree.

6/14/19: Carson wailing - https://youtu.be/2r0pOA3DG3s. The videomaker describes it as screaming, but I would call this wailing. Carson is hungry and wailing for food. At 2:26, the camera cuts to Michelle, who is perched in the dead tree above Carson. From her perch, she can see and hear Carson, and quickly respond to his wails.

06/13/19: Carson self-feeding - https://youtu.be/isCDTBMqF2w. Once Michelle and Newman drop food, Carson has to eat it. While it is hard to see him through the underbrush, he is feeding himself!

06/13/2019: Michelle makes a food drop - https://youtu.be/3vssFOdApBA. We hear Carson wailing and see Michelleon the ledge. At 2:34, she flies off. At 2:51, we see her flying very low to the ground, skimming the top of the underbrush. The camera operator moves in and we see her fly near the dead tree at 3:17 and again, even closer, to make a food drop at 3:56. Slow the video down for an incredible look at her flight path!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 18, 2019, 09:05:00 AM
(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2591.0;attach=499983;image)


Moonrise over RRP's Elk River nestbox

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 19, 2019, 09:39:08 AM
GSB Carson is on the move :) Here is a parent this morning checking on him :)  He is quite vocal and you can hear flapping according to explore comments.  Hoping to see him flying very soon.

(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d73bf1a4bb5a066f040befd7c442179f444d65d4379729bdec93b5f4b3876d21.jpg)
Michelle and Newman always close by
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/17/20190617T181623_733989.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/19/20190619T020407_791221.ts.jpg) photos via explore
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 19, 2019, 04:22:33 PM
LOL!
Our falcon is a cliff swallow!
I just saw one of our parent come out of a cave / hole!!!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on June 20, 2019, 01:12:50 PM
YAY!! Wonderful cam ops always on the hunt, but I was only seeing parents.  Knew Carson was good since they were still guarding.  Hope to catch him flying about soon!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on June 21, 2019, 04:31:24 PM
6 21 19


Camera operator was panning today and I got this

Do you think it is an Owl???

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 21, 2019, 04:53:10 PM
Rock Ledge Diner
One falcon looks so much darker

I saw this LIVE
Mom ate and ate like she hadnt eaten in a month!
She ate a long time before she even looked at Newman,
then she gave him  a quiet little glance.
Newman was a gentleman, just stood sweetly.
https://youtu.be/8p5UJFY5_CE

I very much doubt thats an owl

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 21, 2019, 05:51:37 PM
I don't think that's an owl hidden away, looks more like an animal face/nose.

It's probably the way the light was hitting as to Michelle and Newman's color. 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 22, 2019, 04:27:42 AM
houseboat?   8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 22, 2019, 05:06:20 AM
Carson at Rock Ledge Diner - under nestbox!
5 am Jun 22 Sataday
Dawn breaks and Mom is balanced on a small ledge no wider than she, surveying her kingdom - awaiting the call of her remaining young.

And there it is!
Carson calling for fooooooooooooood

6.20 am  Michele feeding Carson - I only saw his legs & tail
He's flying
He  must be sooooo happy!

I wonder if Michele will use the nestbox next year -
or one of the cliff plateaus
Falcons always nested on cliffs, open air,
bugs but not the concentration of a  small box
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on June 22, 2019, 10:02:33 AM
June 22, 2019

taken this morning

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 22, 2019, 09:43:56 PM
Go Carson!!!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on June 23, 2019, 11:11:32 AM
Great News! Thanks so much for pics! Whew! Hope to see him flying around soon!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 23, 2019, 01:31:17 PM
June 23, 2019 RAIN RAIN RAIN
1.30 pm  There goes  a 15 barge barge!
Wow!  I am stunned one tug can handle it UPriver

Carson please dont fly onto a barge!

From his cry I gather he's flying from somewhere to somewhere.

Cam ops getting some good nature photos


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 23, 2019, 05:13:28 PM
houseboat?   8)
There is a tug pushing it.  I'm wondering if there is some sort of equipment on the front end and living/office quarters on the back end towards the tug.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 23, 2019, 06:12:41 PM
June 22, 2019

taken this morning

Do you know if this is recorded somewhere?  Been trying to blow it up and look and also checked explore and can't find any pics from yesterday morning at this time.  Hoping it's our lil guy!  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on June 23, 2019, 06:16:11 PM
June 23, 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on June 23, 2019, 06:18:05 PM
June 22, 2019

taken this morning

Do you know if this is recorded somewhere?  Been trying to blow it up and look and also checked explore and can't find any pics from yesterday morning at this time.  Hoping it's our lil guy!  :)

not that I have seen... it was around 8 am sorry usually add time

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 23, 2019, 11:11:12 PM
June 22, 2019

taken this morning

Do you know if this is recorded somewhere?  Been trying to blow it up and look and also checked explore and can't find any pics from yesterday morning at this time.  Hoping it's our lil guy!  :)
I don't know if you're on a phone (not sure how those work, we have the old type flip phones) or computer.  I know I saved it on the computer and could magnify it if that helps any.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 24, 2019, 07:04:58 PM
June 24 for barge-a-holics - like me
Those tugs are VERY powerful to push 15 barges upriver!

Since we are unable to locate Carson, enjoy the barge!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on June 24, 2019, 09:18:28 PM
June 24,2019
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 25, 2019, 03:13:58 AM
June 25, 2019
I see one of th parents swimming on Rock Ledge Diner West -
under th nestbox.  They may nest there next year.
I have not seen Carter - and we should be seeing him now.

Newman
Is Carson on the other side?

The cloud in that second pic looks like Kira watching us

  :)      8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 27, 2019, 11:55:47 AM
June 27   noon
After the owl entered the nestbox and killed one young, it would make sense if Michele decides not to use it again.  Another falcon pair may take it next year.

I've made peace with not seeing Carson.  I dont know how big M & Ns' territory is, but they're clearly elsewhere most of the time.  I see someone just posted Newman's pic. :)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 27, 2019, 12:29:42 PM
Although IF she didn't want the nest box next year, if there is a spot in the cliff nearby it could be she wouldn't let anyone in the box because of territory.  That was just my thoughts on it.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 27, 2019, 06:22:02 PM
June 27 
6.15 pm
I DEFINETELY heard Carson strongly - tho not close
I really believe he is under the nestbox on
Rock Ledge Diner West
The other side where we cant see him
The nestbox cam  mic'd pick that up - dont know if the far cam would
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 27, 2019, 06:24:28 PM
I have been looking and looking and looking.  I decided 2 days ago that Carson is fine and hanging out elsewhere.  But I am still checking 3 or 4 times a day. :) Just wish he would show his sweet lil face.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 27, 2019, 07:19:05 PM
I know the feeling Lori.  He could be really close, just out of sight.  Someone was there though...........
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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on June 27, 2019, 09:20:31 PM
Carson is home!!!!  I don't have the exact time.  It was somewhere around 8 p.m.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on June 27, 2019, 09:36:51 PM
YAY! Saw Carson tearing into food on the cliffs. It was about 8:20- 8:25ish CDT.  Had slowed video speed. Could see his bands. Thought I saw his little feet behind Michelle on the cliffs earlier. Looks really good! Ready to see him fly. Need to learn to post pics
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: fullfledged on June 27, 2019, 10:50:49 PM
Wow Ginger, what a thrill to see Carson! Thanks so much for posting the beautiful capture. ;D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 27, 2019, 11:53:20 PM
On facebook it said this evening and 8:30 PM.  :)

John Howe said "Pretty cool huh? What that young falcon has seen and experienced in his short life this far along. Best buds with Kira, GHO in the night, Lord of the flies, base jumping, friend of the raccoon, efficient food drop grabber, Prince of the forest floor, and now learning to fly in his rightful place "
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 28, 2019, 03:05:51 AM
FINALLY!
June 28
YAY!  People have pics of Carson!  GOOD!
He's on the cliff - bcaw has a 3 point pic of Carson & parents!

Finally he's in view!
Is that the cedar snag playground?

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 28, 2019, 07:56:01 AM
Nice to see you lil Carson!!!  :-*
Took this SS a few minutes ago
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/791e8b5936de74cedcceb648331963f339227d916263a607e44e07b562c058a6.png) via LoriD

You been lookin' for me?
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/28/20190628T114727_1197522.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/28/20190628T114751_1197534.ts.jpg) via explore

Great Spirit Bluff Falcons Welcome home Carson
https://youtu.be/VuxL-S68g9s via lizzy g eaglespirit
6 27 19
8 25  pm Carson is home
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 28, 2019, 08:01:15 AM
On facebook it said this evening and 8:30 PM.  :)

John Howe said "Pretty cool huh? What that young falcon has seen and experienced in his short life this far along. Best buds with Kira, GHO in the night, Lord of the flies, base jumping, friend of the raccoon, efficient food drop grabber, Prince of the forest floor, and now learning to fly in his rightful place "

Thank you sweet Nora!  Where is this comment on FB?  I was looking for it this morning under Carson's latest update from the 17th?  Thank you so much... very happy today.  8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on June 28, 2019, 09:10:38 AM
Oh, he's beautiful!  He's got his dad's sideburns.   ;D
So happy to see him this morning wailing for food.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on June 28, 2019, 09:37:57 AM
Looking right at the camera! Such a good boy! Thanks for all screen shots!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on June 28, 2019, 12:39:39 PM
From RRP Facebook post at 9:57 a.m. this morning.

Welcome Home Carson!

It's been 16 days since Carson left the GSB peregrine falcon nest box, and he returned home last night about 8:25PM CT with an amazing entrance and an impressive display of new Big Bird skills flying to the rocky cliff faces and mantling food delivered to the ledge by mom, Michelle!   

Kudos to our wonderful camera operators who have continually listened for all vocals and zoomed in to all areas of the dense underbrush trying to get him in our sights after moving from his original landing spot.  We've seen the parents Michelle and Newman care and protect their offspring by making food drops and drive off a raccoon, and Carson has been honing branching and flight skills while undercover.  This morning Carson has been fed a couple of times, explored nearby nooks and branches and has been flying.  Welcome Home, Carson ... we're glad to see you!

Here's a video of his return in case you missed it: https://youtu.be/VuxL-S68g9s
And you can follow our Great Spirit Bluff Falcon Cam at:   https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/gsb-falcons/

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You can also watch this cam on Explore at
https://explore.org/livecams/raptor-resource-project/falcon-nest-cam.
If you scroll way down beneath the livestream and the thumbnails of other cams, you'll find a chat board where people comment and post screenshots.  It's a great way to get caught up on what's been happening on the cam.

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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 28, 2019, 12:44:11 PM
Just chilling
June 28   afternoon
one foot up, relaxin

thanks ginger!
 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 29, 2019, 04:16:21 PM
GSB lil Carson  8)

(https://snapshots-production.explore.org/stream-production-212/20190629T134413_1244225.ts.jpg)
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Where's my food?
(https://snapshots-production.explore.org/stream-production-212/20190629T145533_1246365.ts.jpg)

Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Welcome back Carson
https://youtu.be/9dAu1k2OUnk via birdie cam
https://youtu.be/ug1v5UgQe0M via birdie cam
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 29, 2019, 04:32:45 PM
Mom laid 4 eggs, and Carson has no playmate
Sad

But I am REALLY glad we can see him!
I believe I've seen Dad lure him out over toward the river,
roundn round
Saw Dad with bloody prey - he took off toward the river-
a falcon followed - presumably Carson

fun times
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on June 29, 2019, 08:13:47 PM
June 29, 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 30, 2019, 01:50:32 PM
Carson today
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/30/20190630T155037_1291217.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/30/20190630T164139_1292748.ts.jpg)
I said I'm hungry!!!
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/6/30/20190630T164911_1292974.ts.jpg) photos via explore

5-13-19
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47793128702_9255a971e9_m.jpg) via LoriD
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on June 30, 2019, 07:25:35 PM
 June 30 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on June 30, 2019, 08:48:12 PM
June 30 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on June 30, 2019, 08:50:19 PM
June 30 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 30, 2019, 11:21:52 PM
Thanks.  He has himself a nice little ledge!  Glad to see he got through any storms that might have gone over that way this afternoon.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 01, 2019, 04:35:30 PM
July 1, 2019




Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 01, 2019, 04:37:52 PM
July 1, 2019

HUGE KUDOS to the Camera Operator
He/She is awesome at getting things like this

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 01, 2019, 04:38:43 PM
July 1, 2019

HUGE KUDOS to the Camera Operator
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 01, 2019, 05:16:46 PM
My gosh to be able to find that green bug on the leaf!!!!!!!!!  :o
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 01, 2019, 05:19:35 PM
So I was looking up dragonflies and saw this!!  When still in the larval stage they eat tadpoles!

" In their larval stage, which can last up to two years, dragonflies are aquatic and eat just about anything?tadpoles, mosquitoes, fish, other insect larvae and even each other. ... 6 ) Dragonflies are expert fliers. They can fly straight up and down, hover like a helicopter and even mate mid-air."
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 01, 2019, 05:24:53 PM
Do you suppose that's a clubtail dragonfly?
http://ecobirder.blogspot.com/2012/05/clubtail-dragonflies-are-part-of-family.html

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ONDS1VceOBc/T7Bcq-qdhEI/AAAAAAAAW1g/YHDlz_J_x6g/s320/MN10+Cobra+clubtail+113_1101.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 01, 2019, 06:07:35 PM
GSB Carson
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/1/20190701T114947_1327192.ts.jpg)

GSB Carson last night always hungry
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/1/20190701T011935_1308286.ts.jpg)
GSB Butterfly at Carsons house
(https://snapshots-production.explore.org/stream-production-212/20190701T214133_1344945.ts.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on July 01, 2019, 06:08:03 PM
Nailed it, Nora!! :D  And how 'bout that moth!?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on July 01, 2019, 06:09:16 PM
Nailed it, Nora!! :D  And how 'bout that moth!?--Lori's butterfly?! :D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 01, 2019, 09:51:23 PM
Vanessa atalanta

https://bugguide.net/node/view/399222
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 03, 2019, 05:01:20 PM
July 3, 2019


This is all I saw today..so far

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 03, 2019, 07:36:07 PM
Carson
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/3/20190703T133129_1416643.ts.jpg) photo via explore
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 03, 2019, 09:01:38 PM
Wow is that a great shot of Carson!  :o
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: fullfledged on July 03, 2019, 11:54:26 PM
Wow oh Wow Lori, that is an exceptionally beautiful capture of Carson. Thank you  :D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 04, 2019, 06:36:52 PM
July 4
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 04, 2019, 11:14:52 PM
That's beautiful.
(http://)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 05, 2019, 07:04:03 AM
Carson
mom mom mom mom mom mom!!!!

(https://i.gyazo.com/62d7dc544b646eb5da23ad5ef58345fb.gif)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/4/20190704T132821_1459749.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/4/20190704T020653_1439305.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/4/20190704T131613_1459385.ts.jpg) photos via explore
Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Carson on the Roof 2019 07 04
https://youtu.be/mA9QYnuLcGU via birdie cam
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LisaG1967 on July 05, 2019, 07:15:29 AM
Wonderful pics of Carson, Lori!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 05, 2019, 07:29:13 AM
EXCEPTIONAL!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 05, 2019, 12:51:10 PM
Love you Lori!!!  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 05, 2019, 01:00:02 PM
Love you Lori!!!  :)
:-* You too Nora!!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 06, 2019, 07:24:26 AM
GSB Carson
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/6/20190706T112851_1542564.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/5/20190705T155949_1507493.ts.jpg) photos via explore
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 06, 2019, 11:06:19 AM
July 6 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 06, 2019, 11:08:27 AM
July 6 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 06, 2019, 11:11:34 AM
July 6 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 07, 2019, 12:26:08 PM
July 7 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 07, 2019, 05:32:27 PM
GSB Carson & Butterfly
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/7/20190707T213701_1604009.ts.jpg)
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/06ef43acfecf2af7bd5db1fa11363d164a7f5c7e14b1d9c3afab114d04effbdb.gif?w=480&h=235)
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92b455b985e8538bc86caa5e2ea86cb7ea6acd6bd9c1888a2a6f98f25acf6dc2.gif?w=480&h=241)
photos via explore
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 07, 2019, 06:06:16 PM
Carson was so funny!
He bobbed his head 3 times and took off
hahahaha

1... 2... 3...
GO!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 07, 2019, 10:57:15 PM
Wonder what the creepy crawler by the moth is...............
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 08, 2019, 05:12:03 PM
GSB Carson
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/8/20190708T012007_1610702.ts.jpg)
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b7b0148cfceaaf5774c175d15cd7472c0a1d28c98a9a7bd4cd827ea6ca60c4a.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/8/20190708T204115_1645536.ts.jpg) photos via explore
Great Spirit Bluff Falcons - in flight training Carson and parents
https://youtu.be/sFtA4b8kHiw via lizzy g eaglespirit Starts around 645am in flight training Carson and parents
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 09, 2019, 11:17:20 AM
GSB Carson
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48240577592_0636221350_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2guRz3q)2019-07-09 (12) (https://flic.kr/p/2guRz3q) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48240524607_3a48dc4a66.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2guRihT)carson handsome pantaloons (https://flic.kr/p/2guRihT) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/9/20190709T013301_1654289.ts.jpg)
Great Spirit Bluff Falcons - Carson Dancing with his prey
https://youtu.be/8k1mZE9_DMU via lizzy g eaglespirit
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 09, 2019, 04:07:11 PM
Wow, just wow!!!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 09, 2019, 07:43:18 PM
July 9 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 09, 2019, 07:45:22 PM
July 9 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 09, 2019, 07:48:13 PM
July 9 2019
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 10, 2019, 04:30:19 AM
I saw that male robin LIVE
He is GORGEOUS!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 10, 2019, 05:39:12 PM
July 10 2019

Carson was eating , Newman brought more food, Michelle came in and took it from Newman. It was interesting to see how well she did that.  Then Newman and Carson just watched as she flew off with it.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 10, 2019, 06:02:23 PM
July 10 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 10, 2019, 07:26:03 PM
July 10 2019

Carson likes playing with his food, and leftovers. LOL

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 10, 2019, 07:40:06 PM
July 10 2019


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 10, 2019, 08:33:47 PM
July 10 2019

Carson was sleeping on the nest box, Michelle came to the cliff with food, Carson left thee box and returned to the cliff with his own catch, did some good mantling from Michelle, she came to him with what she had and he brought his towards her trying to get her prey...he succeeded but in return she got his.  It was an interesting exchange.

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 10, 2019, 08:52:48 PM
July 10 2019

Carson likes playing with his food, and leftovers. LOL

These are all great pics krd!!!  Missed a lot today and it help to catch up!  Thanks buddy! :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 11, 2019, 07:00:29 AM
Viewers Discretion is advised Owl came back and took Kira :(
if you go to 150 and slow down you will see that the Owl is banded
You can find it on youtube via lizzy g eaglespirit.
I decided not to post it here.  :'( 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 11, 2019, 07:20:59 AM
Farewell Kira
I am glad the owl did it, that was no longer Kira!
Beautiful owl!
https://youtu.be/h1VFqIdLmf4

Wish GHO'd done it long ago
Sure glad Mom didnt defend it

RRP will really need to fumigate that box in Oct
Dont wanna think whats there


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 11, 2019, 07:34:26 AM
GSB Carson
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/45397b82403c51fd08f709f9adf4d4bee685dda068507763951a57defb5d3e62.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/10/20190710T175413_1726925.ts.jpg)
MOM MOM MOM MOM MOM MOM!!!!
(https://snapshots-production.explore.org/stream-production-212/20190710T121305_1716691.ts.jpg)
thanks for breakfast pops!
(https://snapshots-production.explore.org/stream-production-212/20190710T121125_1716641.ts.jpg)
Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Carson trades prey for dinner 2019 07 10
https://youtu.be/ksgbvhpoqyQ via birdiecam
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 11, 2019, 08:05:16 PM
July 11 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 11, 2019, 08:07:55 PM
July 11 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 11, 2019, 08:29:27 PM
July 11 2019

Carson got his own snack tonight

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 12, 2019, 11:23:14 AM
GSB Carson, Mooooommmmm I'm hungry!!!
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3916191799c1a3207074808fb1d7460c8f784bedd7d556eebebb28eaa72023ed.jpg)
Nap time after eating breakfast
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/12/20190712T155049_1809623.ts.jpg)

Eating his fill, Carson caches Blackbird 7.12.19 6:52 am
https://youtu.be/N_CcfHXTSnc via kc
Great Spirit Bluff Falcons of Minnesota.
Carson, now  61 days old,  was spotted with a killed Blackbird.
Michelle was taking it easy, perched on the Bluff face.  Carson could be heard calling  "a lot "  before he was seen  with his breakfast.  I can't be sure,  but I'm thinking this bird was caught by Newman.   Twice now Carson has been seen by viewers with a "not quite dead bird".  We think it is quite likely that he caught these 2 birds himself.  Can't say for sure though.  He hasn't actually been seen catching his own food.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 14, 2019, 05:53:43 PM
Carson GSB
(https://snapshots-production.explore.org/stream-production-212/20190714T134227_1892172.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/14/20190714T140235_1892776.ts.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 14, 2019, 08:19:14 PM
July 14 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 14, 2019, 08:22:06 PM
July 14 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 14, 2019, 08:24:04 PM
July 14 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 14, 2019, 09:49:10 PM
July 14 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 14, 2019, 11:15:35 PM
He sure looks fantastic.  What was the green/black thing??

You guys have a good day or two, I won't be able to check on anyone tomorrow (Monday) and part of Tuesday, I have to go up to the cities for a funeral.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 15, 2019, 05:40:56 AM
what was the green/black thing??

a bug
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 15, 2019, 06:01:10 AM
He sure looks fantastic.  What was the green/black thing??

You guys have a good day or two, I won't be able to check on anyone tomorrow (Monday) and part of Tuesday, I have to go up to the cities for a funeral.

Take care Nora and safe travels.  :-*
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 16, 2019, 08:19:12 PM
He sure looks fantastic.  What was the green/black thing??

You guys have a good day or two, I won't be able to check on anyone tomorrow (Monday) and part of Tuesday, I have to go up to the cities for a funeral.

It is a Dragonfly
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 16, 2019, 08:21:04 PM
July 16 2019

I did not see Carson today

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 17, 2019, 02:02:07 AM
I wonder if the falcons eat any of those yummy berries
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 17, 2019, 11:56:41 AM
:)  I actually checked on that, good question.  I believe they don't eat berries, but did find a blurb somewhere that mentioned they help with berry farms and other berries because they'll take the birds that do eat them.  Also found this:

Mostly birds. Feeds on a wide variety of birds. Pigeons are often favored prey around cities, and ducks and shorebirds often taken along coast; known to take prey as large as loons, geese, large gulls, and as small as songbirds. Also eats a few small mammals, seldom insects, rarely carrion.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: T40cfr403 on July 18, 2019, 02:41:18 PM
From RRP's FB page (you might recognize the photo of Mom ;D ;D):

Raptor Resource Project
53 mins

Videos! We're scrambling to get ready for ATF, but we wanted to share some extremely cool videos of a bald eagle/sandhill crane interaction on the Flyway, another look at Mom and the sub-adult, some great footage of both North eagles, and a nice look at Carson. We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we did! Thanks to our camera operators and videomakers for their hard work capturing and sharing the natural world with all of us, and to you for watching, learning, and caring!

Mississippi Flyway

7/17/19: Standoff: Sandhill cranes versus juvenile Bald Eagle - https://youtu.be/cqUF-mPe9ns. Wow! A pair of sandhill cranes approach a juvenile bald eagle, who doesn't care for them! This is a fascinating video!

7/15/19: Sandhill crane swallowing eggs - https://youtu.be/iaQQKZoTVJU. It appears that the crane at the beginning of the video dug up eggs from the sand bar, carried them over to the water, and dunked them. If so, these were probably buried turtle eggs. I found the whole video to be quite fascinating. While cranes are known to eat eggs, I was not aware that they dunked them - possibly to remove sand? This is a really fascinating video - well worth the watch!

7/14/19: Sandhill crane and mama duck - https://youtu.be/sSNF1i5n3w8. Mama duck did not appreciate how close the crane was to her not-so-little young!

Decorah and Decorah North Eagles

7/16/19: Mom hanging out: https://youtu.be/I6UnBiOZF0M. A lovely look at Mom silhouetted against a blue sky, although the blackflies are still bothering her. This is most likely S. Meridionale, which has multiple generations per year. We're hoping their numbers will decrease as things dry out.

7/16/19: Mom and sub-adult on the Y: https://youtu.be/iZKmsdrOXpI. Who is this mysterious sub-adult and where is DM2? The 4-1/2 year-old subadult has been seen on and off for several days, with no protests from Mom and nothing from DM2. We'll have to put ourselves on Eagle Time while we wait to see what happens.

More Mom and sub-adult videos:
7/15/19: Mom and a sub-adult on the Y: https://youtu.be/wcZ85967PZ8
7/15/19: Mom vocalizes on the Y: https://youtu.be/jnnZqm4oFZU

7/18/19: Decorah Eagles North visit by both parents: https://youtu.be/wSJdaUQBj54. Mr. North left, DNF right. It is so good to see them together!

Great Spirit Bluff Falcons

7/17/19: Carson visits! https://youtu.be/EqfTc6x1ZkM. A fantastic look at a handsome young juvenile peregrine falcon. We're getting a lot of questions about dispersal. According to John, dispersal at Great Spirit Bluff usually happens in mid-September, although we're already starting to see less of Carson as he gains his wings. Carson will not disperse or migrate with Michelle or Newman, although he may connect with other juvenile peregrine falcons. While peregrine falcons aren't gregarious off territory in the same way bald eagles are (that we know), groups of juveniles have been recorded on oil rigs and ships in the Gulf of Mexico.

(https://scontent.fapa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67058750_2316393838397222_8293759862085517312_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_oc=AQnv-y0nnnRBNz_OSKQFylvWxnbKO7JBbnln1g0Op05IOlcquig_IC-HdEMzY7YuhFp_etTxX0N_fbaOlsWFC2mY&_nc_ht=scontent.fapa1-1.fna&oh=5b164ab13590f2bd20ae874e81f130e7&oe=5DB30D4B)

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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 18, 2019, 03:09:17 PM
That was sooooooooooo funny of the cranes and juvie eagle!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 18, 2019, 08:37:48 PM
When the juvie flew off it looked like one of the sandhills kicked at it!  ;D

Thanks for all the videos and news considering everything you guys have going right now.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 19, 2019, 02:26:35 PM
We missed you Carson!!!   Look who's home today and hungry! Mom!!! 8)

(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/19/20190719T165723_2114020.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/19/20190719T165543_2113970.ts.jpg)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/19/20190719T165555_2113976.ts.jpg)
GSB Falcons, Fresh Prey for Carson (red-bellied woodpecker) 2019 07 19
https://youtu.be/xp1NgLHYRUw via birdie cam

GSB visitor today...
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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 19, 2019, 04:41:33 PM
July 19 2019
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 19, 2019, 11:00:15 PM
Boy Carson made darned sure he kept the rest of his woodpecker to eat!  Good Boy!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 20, 2019, 03:02:39 AM
Did I miss the names and band numbers on
King and Sherco??

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 20, 2019, 11:04:43 AM
Did I miss the names and band numbers on
King and Sherco??
I haven't seen any either.  I think Amy's been super busy with the peregrines be late and the eagle stuff. 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 22, 2019, 06:38:46 PM
GSB Carson
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a6263191a3baf6bca8140b1857a07229631f701f1aa84719418595ced7d5a301.gif)
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/22/20190722T174243_2244980.ts.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 22, 2019, 11:53:43 PM
What a sweetie.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 23, 2019, 12:03:06 PM
"MAAAAAA!!!!!!! DO WE HAVE MORE KETCHUP????"
(https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67235773_10157633506326004_8794675206258950144_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_oc=AQlr4ojDlMYMuw7IzWaj_AugZ9V7kaRF4kvUvPZRQ12etWRGiIyQ5ugsfnsZd9n9X9c&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=964ae7ad6306c9416a828b76ab9e444f&oe=5DA488B4)

(https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67311118_657887991347451_1108756287182602240_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_oc=AQltBNcuyRw3EKHm9ODGBZ8S4_utPmxdg6XpkFrhlHUMi3DUoPymHMSS4eJcXyGrSLQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=b4a26b8423919f3fe67acda88c56e96e&oe=5DB13953)

Carson after breakfast... looking plump!
(https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67413260_1221090518052339_9130699720782512128_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_oc=AQnjuNOSfHJzZIG0cgSmoLT2rDhZ4x1MCXg_SmQiCoebypTtSeQinJtyiEZ4nigX2Ho&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=ce16a133b9adab52518cf8a68d7794d2&oe=5DA0407A)photos via facebook
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 23, 2019, 05:56:51 PM
GSB Carson is live on cam right now if you'd like to see him.
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/23/20190723T224447_2297242.ts.jpg)
https://explore.org/livecams/falcons/falcon-nest-cam
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 23, 2019, 07:26:07 PM
July 22 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 23, 2019, 07:27:26 PM
July 22 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 23, 2019, 07:43:56 PM
Beautiful KRD... goodnight :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 23, 2019, 10:15:30 PM
July 23 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 24, 2019, 03:47:47 PM
GSB Carson
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48365907026_118fe98c2a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gFVV7J)2019-07-24 (15) (https://flic.kr/p/2gFVV7J) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/24/20190724T172707_2330912.ts.jpg)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48360470147_670e41acb2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gFs3Vr)2019-07-23 (17) (https://flic.kr/p/2gFs3Vr) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr

VIA EXPLORE COMMENTS
In 2017 Hamilton and Burr D left cam view July 23, not to be seen again. Please, correct me if I'm wrong.
In 2018 Ella and Linnaea were last seen July 9 + 12


Carson play antics on the Bluff 7.24.19 7:05 am https://youtu.be/6h-yEYw8GyI VIA KC
  Carson is 73 days old today and has been seen on the cam everyday since June 27 when he returned to cam view.  He was out of view for 16 days after a premature fledge.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 24, 2019, 07:33:20 PM
July 24 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 25, 2019, 01:22:42 AM
Thanks so much for all the updated pictures, they're great!  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 25, 2019, 12:18:27 PM
July 25 2019

Early Morning on the River

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: KRDerenzo on July 26, 2019, 05:57:34 PM
July 27 2019

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on July 26, 2019, 08:20:15 PM
Thanks to all for posting the pics.  Carson is the cutest! Love watching him
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on July 29, 2019, 10:38:38 AM
Carson... see less and less of little man. :(
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/7/27/20190727T220545_2468871.ts.jpg)
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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on July 29, 2019, 09:10:12 PM
Love the pics of this cute guy! Thanks!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on July 31, 2019, 01:11:43 AM
Awww he's looking good.  Love the relaxed leg hanging down.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on August 05, 2019, 08:37:07 PM
From RRP Facebook page:

Thanks for watching with us at Great Spirit Bluff this year. From Carson's return through Kira's death, there were a lot of highs and lows this year. We cheered on Michelle through a rough incubation season, celebrated new life when hatch began on May 12, and watched the two young falcons become best pals.  We mourned when Kira was killed by a Great Horned Owl on June 9, watched Carson abandon the nest box on June 11 following an intense blackfly swarm, and were thrilled to see him again on June 27 - just as we were starting to give up hope for his survival.

 What did we learn from this season?

In a bad blackfly year, the open-backed box and fan are not enough to stop the flies. In future years, we will probably treat the sides of the box with Endure or a similar product. Falcons stay in the nest for about 40 days and flies tend to emerge about halfway through the season. We think that just one good treatment might keep the flies at bay for long enough to prevent nest abandonment pre-fledge.

 Michelle and Newman fed Carson post-nest abandonment by making food drops - tumbling dead birds down into the underbrush for him to feed on. Carson ate well, but the prey appears to have attracted raccoons to his location. In one case, a raccoon came face-to-face with Carson, sniffed him, and moved on. In another, Michelle and Newman strafed a raccoon as it climbed a tree not far from Carson. The raccoon left very quickly! Our takeaway? While raccoons sometimes eat nestlings and eggs, parents (and older young) can deter them - especially if the raccoon is propelled by curiosity or approaches during the daylight hours.

Since we're not seeing much of our falcons at the nest box, we've decided to shut the Great Spirit Bluff nest box cam stream down at the end of this week for maintenance and to make some improvements to our system. Enjoy the highlights!  You can still catch glimpses of Michelle, Newman, and Carson on the GSB Cliff Cam until they begin their migration south.  If you'd like to see what the area looks like from the river, be sure to check out our Mississippi Flyway cam at https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/upper-mississippi-onalaska-cam/. We're already starting to see some staging as birds begin to gather and feed up for fall migration. It's a great place to watch pelicans, gulls, terns, cranes, herons, bald eagles, sunrises, sunsets, and insect activity!

We want to give a special shout-out to our amazing camera operators and video makers for finding and sharing the amazing details of life at Great Spirit Bluff.  Thank you so much for watching, learning, and caring with us this year!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 06, 2019, 03:29:03 AM
I am glad the cliff cam will remain up!
I really enjoy the barge traffic.
I wish I could hear the comms between locks and tugs!
I've been on a tug - the Edna G

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on August 06, 2019, 08:01:20 AM
Thank you Ginger for sharing... Carson safe travels on your journey lil man! ❤️❤️❤️
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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 18, 2019, 09:48:07 AM
July 29 2019 appears to be the last anyone saw Carson.
I wonder where he went
I wonder where he will establish a territory

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on August 18, 2019, 11:28:02 AM
GSB Michelle
(https://files.explore.org/sn/2019/8/18/20190818T135703_3404610.ts.jpg)
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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on August 22, 2019, 12:03:51 PM
Great Spirit Bluff Falcons = K36 Mackey visit
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48600812937_340b9620ce.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h3FSsD)2019-08-22 (4) (https://flic.kr/p/2h3FSsD) by Lori Davis (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), on Flickr
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Great Spirit Bluff Falcons = K36 Mackey visit
https://youtu.be/iQZEC2Uw8owvia lizzy g eaglespirit

Great Spirit Bluff via RRP
8/21/19: K/36 black/red Mackey visit ? https://youtu.be/iQZEC2Uw8ow. A male falcon named Mackey stopped by the rock ledge diner at Great Spirit Bluff today! He spent some time exploring, alternately seeming to comb the ledge, perhaps looking for cached food or exploring a potential territory, before leaving very abruptly. While this video doesn?t show it, he appears to have tried to court Michelle?and been rebuffed!

Mackey is a 2017 hatch from Maiden Rock banded by Amy and retrieved ? as documented in the film ?Decoding the Driftless? ? by David Kester and John Howe. Check the footage around 2:15 and you?ll see some brownish feathers in his lovely slate-blue adult plumage. Mackey still has a few juvenile feathers left ? a very helpful way to age two-year old peregrines who don?t have bands. We wish him the best of luck!

If you spot a banded peregrine on any midwest cam, you can check the band number here: https://midwestperegrine.umn.edu/?vw=search. When reading an auxiliary/color peregrine band like Mackey?s, the character on the black band is always first, followed by the character in the other color (green, red, or blue in the Midwest and all black for Canadian birds). So Mackey?s band would be read and searched for as K/36 black/red. If you want to report a banded bird, you can let us know ? but you should also go to https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/ and report to the feds if you can. Either way, banders are always excited to hear about their birds, and you are furthering the cause of someone?s research by reporting!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 29, 2019, 05:22:26 PM
August 29, 2019
Barge traffic is so interesting to watch.
One was goin thru the lock downstream when another was coming upstream.
The up barge banked-  waiting

The down barge went thru in 2 halves -
there is always a helper tug stationed at the lock

Helper went thru the 2nd trip to save time then headed for banked barge
The cam switched away so I didnt get to see the tug get the banked barge  :(
I was so disappointed   :(


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on September 05, 2019, 12:32:19 PM
I imagine that's John Howe climbing up and down the ladder at the Flyway Cam site.  Wish we'd get some live video, but then again, I probably would be uncomfortable having someone watching me whlie a balance on a ladder using hand tools in the middle of a river/lake island with hard to find firm ground.  OSHA would probably shut me down!  ;D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 06, 2019, 04:19:00 PM
Sept 6, 2019
I see Michelle
Is the male still around?
He comes first
Who leaves first?

I wonder where their offspring go
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 07, 2019, 04:41:19 PM
Sept 7, 2019
Lotta echupping around 4 pm or so
I imagine M would only echup with her mate
I didnt see them


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 11, 2019, 04:02:42 PM
Sept 11, 2019
Something wrong with the cliff cam?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on September 13, 2019, 08:17:20 AM
It seems to me that during the day-long Highlights session the other day, RRP may have done some re-positioning of the cliff cam and/or made a camera replacement.  We can see up under the rock ledge better now....(the ledge below the nest box).  IMO.

then again....Maybe it's just the quality of light today, and the angle of the sun!   ;) ;D :o
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 20, 2019, 09:42:28 AM
Sept 20, 2019
All I am getting are highlights - not LIVE cam

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on September 20, 2019, 11:05:43 AM
shep-the Highlights started all day yesterday.  I'm hoping it's for camera maintenance.  Miss seeing the barge traffic, the Empire Builder, and lots of scanning up and down the river when the site is down.  I even watch a peregrine now and then!  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 20, 2019, 11:26:47 AM
I like the barges too!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 22, 2019, 06:47:34 AM
September 22, 2019
YAY the cam is back - and its raining!

BOTH falcons spotted






Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on September 25, 2019, 04:39:49 PM
Pretty falcon just hanging today out for us to watch!!   :-*
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on September 26, 2019, 12:01:53 PM
Peaceful GHO visit GSB last night...  8)

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Great Spirit Bluff Falcons : when cams came back live GHO visit
https://youtu.be/vp5Vd0MKMWg via lizzy g eaglespirit
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 26, 2019, 02:17:33 PM
Sep 26, 2019 

Oh thank you!
Today Michelle was perched quite awhile on the nestbox stick perch.
I wondered if she's saying goodbye.  Made me misty.
The parents migrate around Oct 1 I think.  Y'all can correct me.

I love owls too. It was sad it took our chick but its nature.

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on September 27, 2019, 10:19:17 AM
Watching the barge activity got me curious about the length of those barge rafts we're seeing. (the last one, a 15 barge push).
Went on GoogleEarth and broke out the measuring device.....the lock gates are 217 yds. apart....6 barges (3x2) are two football fields long,,,,,the 15 barge push was almost 6 football fields counting the new boat with the pedestal wheel-house.  No wonder it was a little troublesome when it got down near the lock and dam, due to the currents pinching in there to go over the dam.
Anyways....I thought I'd share.  :)  And are those barge pushers still called tugboats? 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 27, 2019, 11:21:39 AM
I call them tugs - tugsboats
There are likely coms between locks all along the river - and the tugs.
The tugs have to hold their barge in a large area if another barge is oncoming near the lock.  Its pretty amazing.

Keep digging!  Its interesting!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on September 27, 2019, 05:30:00 PM
Surprised nobirdy posted a pic of the wood chuck from this afternoon.  (I think it was a woodchuck!  :) )  And those are some kind of  foreign bees for my "bee life list"!  :P
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on September 28, 2019, 06:04:36 AM
Surprised nobirdy posted a pic of the wood chuck from this afternoon.  (I think it was a woodchuck!  :) )  And those are some kind of  foreign bees for my "bee life list"!  :P

I had a post almost ready to go... pics, video & all! Will get it ready  8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on September 28, 2019, 06:09:00 AM
Woodchuck visitor GSB 8)

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Foraging Groundhog at Great Spirit Bluff. 27 September 2019
https://youtu.be/FN9LQiWGDGw via arlene beech
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 28, 2019, 07:52:10 AM
Oh he is so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!   :D
I bet he's the one who wanted to play with our fledgling! haha

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on September 30, 2019, 01:03:23 PM
Turkey Vulture at around 11:11 a.m. this morning.

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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on September 30, 2019, 08:09:07 PM
AWESOME Ginger!!!  Thanks for posting!  I missed this...  way cool.  8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 03, 2019, 03:12:47 PM
Oct 3, 2019
I like the barges!
I have 2 pics from a day or 2 ago
and one today - looks like the train and barge are goin to the same place!
Both loaded with - what???
Unusual barge cargo

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on October 05, 2019, 08:48:30 AM
Windmill parts maybe?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: EagleAngels on October 07, 2019, 09:45:38 AM
Good morning!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 08, 2019, 07:59:55 AM
Barges and locks
For you who are curious, I just found out how the first half of a long barge gets thru

The first section of barges is electrically winched out of the lock chamber and is tied to the seawall outside the lock until the balance of the barges and tug is locked through. then they recable the whole works and procede to the next lock

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: BrokenLug on October 08, 2019, 01:53:52 PM
Thanks shep, I was curious how they split and then rejoined the long barges through the Locks.  8)    ;D

Pic from yesterday @ 10:28 am CDT ..
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 12, 2019, 02:41:36 PM
Octt 12
cam down
I miss the barges ...........
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on October 26, 2019, 04:36:56 PM
Me too shep!  And I'm missing the cliff cam even more!!!  Wonder if we'll get to watch the river freeze over this winter? :(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: T40cfr403 on October 29, 2019, 01:54:58 PM
From RRP's FB page:

Raptor Resource Project
2 hrs

Hello falcon fans - we want to let you know that things are progressing with replacement of the broadcasting system and cams at GSB. It was an incredibly destructive lightning strike that damaged most of the GSB Nest Box and Cliff Cam components. Many of the parts that need to be installed sooner than later are arriving this week and will be replaced in the coming 2 weeks before a hard freeze arrives. That includes the 1,000 foot fiber line serving the system on the bluff and going down bluff to replace the nest box cam. Thanks for your patience in this off-season time and your support of our work showing the world a window into these remarkable raptors!

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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 29, 2019, 02:48:04 PM
May the Lord protect you
Every time you need to jump over a cliff its dangerous

( I said it that way intentionally )

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on November 13, 2019, 08:58:47 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs Newman & Michelle
(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=865.0;attach=492543;image)
John Howe GSB camera repair update 11 11 19

https://youtu.be/NE1GPhGkW7o via kc
Great Spirit Bluff Peregrine Falcons.
The live camera system took a "big" lightning strike back on October 11 shortly after 12 am.  This is John Howe's update on how the work is going during the unseasonably cold and snowy weather.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on November 27, 2019, 10:33:55 AM
GSB update  8) via RRP FB
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Fall (and Winter) camera maintenance work has been progressing nicely and we are almost done. Over the next week, we will provide more details on this phase of our work and the challenges keeping all of our live cams running smoothly. GSB Update:
Work on the GSB cam systems has been progressing over the past 3 weeks. We had some updates to do with our cams their, but ended up doing a more complete repair and replacement project after a freak lightning strike that traveled through the entire system, damaging wiring, power equipment and both GSB cams. To replace the nest box camera, we rappelled in the snow and retrieved the camera pole with microphones several weeks ago. The camera and one microphone were replaced on the nest box and re-installed last week. We also installed a new blower fan unit on the right side of the nest box. So here is a list of our accomplishments so far in adverse weather:
? Replaced 1,000 ft fiber and power through the original conduit to the control box at the end of the bluff
? Retrieved the damaged nest box camera and microphones
? Replaced the nest box camera and mics, assembled and weatherproofed the system
? Installed the nest box camera last week on Monday and a new blower fan assembly.
We have yet to receive and replace the new PTZ Cliff Cam to replace the damaged one. We will have plenty of time to do that prior to February and will keep you posted on that as soon as it is operational. That will likely be in December. Our annual fundraising campaign starts a week from tomorrow on Giving Tuesday. It is a perfect opportunity to help us keep this amazing peregrine falcon live cam going. Thanks for your patience and support while we adjust to the uncertainty of Mother Nature (major lightning strikes in this case) and what can happen to the camera systems we use to bring these raptors and wildlife to you up close and personal!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on January 08, 2020, 09:50:19 AM
Anybirdy know when the cliff cam will come back online?  Missing it badly!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on January 08, 2020, 11:06:56 AM
January 8, 2020
 lightning strikes killed the cams

December 26 RRP note

We have yet to receive and replace the new PTZ Cliff Cam to replace the damaged one. We will have plenty of time to do that prior to February and will keep you posted on that as soon as it is operational. 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on January 08, 2020, 11:57:51 AM
Thanks shep!  I guess I can be patient a little longer.  And I guess it's time to use that envelope enclosed in "the church bulletin"!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on February 02, 2020, 08:05:17 PM
Looks like we have a working camera.   :)  Can't wait to see Michelle and Newman.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 03, 2020, 02:46:30 AM
WE'RE LIVE!!
February 3, 2020
https://youtu.be/xYInTHcdkWc

I am SO GLAD the cliff cam is fixed again!
RRP musta done the rope trick this past weekend!

No other cams are as exciting

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 03, 2020, 05:44:20 AM
(http://www.millan.net/minimations/smileys/cheerleader.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 03, 2020, 05:49:59 AM
Just checked the nest box is on highlight, was nice to see Michelle!  Can't wait for sunrise on other cam. Thanks for heads up Shep!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 03, 2020, 08:47:55 AM
(https://snapshots-production.explore.org/stream-production-212/20200203T144601_6508260.ts.jpg)

(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.explore.org%2Fsn%2F1970%2F8%2F22%2F20200203T144853_6508346.ts.jpg&key=fl9tvEnhheV8obgQOd_z1A&w=480&h=219)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 03, 2020, 09:25:53 AM
YOU SAW MICHELE?!?

Xcel cams LIVE
https://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/cams/xcel_energy_falcon_cams/sherco_falcon

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 03, 2020, 09:26:55 AM
YOU SAW MICHELE?!?

Xcel cams LIVE
https://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/cams/xcel_energy_falcon_cams/sherco_falcon

On "highlights" ;)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TX_Ninja on February 06, 2020, 04:38:14 PM
Great moon view from GSB right now.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 06, 2020, 04:52:03 PM
GSB Live right now... thanks for heads up TX Ninja!!!
(https://i.gyazo.com/9c79293e8260a933054e750dffa2e921.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 07, 2020, 08:13:08 AM
NESTBOX CAM LIVE
February 7, 2020
Looks like it wasnt cleaned???  are remains still there?

Its exciting to see cam LIVE after so long.
Falcons seen at King and Sherco - I guess elsewhere




Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 07, 2020, 08:27:22 AM
Flyway this morning...
(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.explore.org%2Fsn%2F1970%2F8%2F22%2F20200207T132138_6638004.ts.jpg&key=54e37WgMHvIDO1VOfGrGtA&w=800&h=226)

GSB this morning
(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.explore.org%2Fsn%2F1970%2F8%2F22%2F20200207T132109_6678514.ts.jpg&key=OzrRF4JZwknh18RkFZg8PQ&w=800&h=226)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 08, 2020, 07:34:28 PM
Snow Moon tonight :)
(https://i.gyazo.com/09d2f45c080892cd2fc2360c589f91c9.gif)

(https://files.explore.org/sn/1970/8/22/20200208T232447_6739823.ts.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 11, 2020, 01:34:18 AM
GSB Moon earlier tonight
(https://i.gyazo.com/09e21beb759dfcfa835755663a2936d3.gif)

(https://i.gyazo.com/3457fbfe68ea4d07fdaf01ed3fa99a0c.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 11, 2020, 04:12:25 AM
The moon shadows remind me of the continents of Earth
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 11, 2020, 07:32:41 AM
Flyway this morning
(https://snapshots-production.explore.org/stream-production-214/20200211T132554_6810932.ts.jpg)

GSB this morning
(https://snapshots-production.explore.org/stream-production-212/20200211T132751_6851515.ts.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 15, 2020, 08:53:09 AM
Feb 15
it saddens me to see the remains of Kira still in the nestbox.
Will the falcons use it this year?
I guess it ... remains to be seen ...
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 15, 2020, 10:37:43 AM
Feb 15
it saddens me to see the remains of Kira still in the nestbox.
Will the falcons use it this year?
I guess it ... remains to be seen ...

An owl returned and removed Kira on July 11th 2019  ***sensitive viewing video***
Great Spirit Bluff Falcon Cam ~ The Owl Returns & Takes Kira's Body 7.11.19
https://youtu.be/wBG0PL1_zlo via ladyhawk
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 15, 2020, 11:11:33 AM
Thanks Lori, I knew that - but there are still leftovers

I remember Michele and Newman did their peep n bow dance down on the ledge last fall

Falcons are being seen - hoping to see one of ours.

A whole flock of ROBINS returned yesterday!!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 15, 2020, 09:51:22 PM
GHO visitor tonight   
(https://i.gyazo.com/0e1839d9d93411effe63a7a378627865.gif)
Great Spirit Bluff, GHO at the Falcon Box 2020 02 15
https://youtu.be/1Wu9FjW1NAQ via birdiecam
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 16, 2020, 02:32:35 AM
Not impossible that owl'd nest there
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on February 16, 2020, 06:35:16 PM
Love owls but sure didn't want to see any here this year.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 18, 2020, 08:04:45 AM
February 18, 2020
Every day I see cam zoomer look for our falcon.
TODAY!  He's here!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 18, 2020, 08:11:19 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs, someone has returned! Looking for bands.
(https://i.gyazo.com/d363847d5d0b12049d4e68dd03935b25.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 18, 2020, 08:53:58 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs... not confirmed yet, it may be Newman  8)

(https://i.gyazo.com/480d0099ad1d2edaba697ff39e3cb7cf.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 18, 2020, 10:12:59 AM
update via explore.org GABear Mod ? a minute ago February 18, 2020
Newman, the male at this nest, is back!!

Welcome home Newman!
(https://i.gyazo.com/a732b88909d3d1db6517dc1b78acbe4f.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 18, 2020, 10:53:35 AM
Handsome Newman returns! Great Spirit Bluff. Explore.org 18 February 2020
https://youtu.be/6pViBMdq1V8 VIA ARLENE BEECH
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on February 18, 2020, 04:06:01 PM
Yay!!  Newman!  So glad to see you!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 20, 2020, 04:16:18 PM
February 20, 2020
Cliff cam is kaput



Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 22, 2020, 02:31:48 PM
GSB CLIFF CAM
eaglespirit
Feb 22
Raptor Resource Project Mod
We thought the issue with power to the new cam was fixed on Sunday and just in time for us to catch Newman's return. Looks like we will need to dig in a bit further and replace some wiring. That troubleshooting work is scheduled for Monday..
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Sparky10 on February 22, 2020, 05:28:30 PM
Thank you for this update, Shep! Have been checking the cam about once a day.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 24, 2020, 08:31:45 AM
Waitin' on Michelle :)
(https://i.gyazo.com/fe9d3e2d17d3a2d15825c76a983fa950.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 24, 2020, 02:25:19 PM
(http://peregrinus.pl/media/kunena/attachments/609/Przechwytywaniewtrybiepenoekranowym24.02.2020194123.jpg)

Feb 24
Terka on bcaw said an unbanded female was on GSB ledge today
https://youtu.be/ChzKvCMzJGI
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on February 24, 2020, 04:06:36 PM
Where is that woman? Waitin' on Michelle :)

(https://i.gyazo.com/8ebe216da903c81ead0b214de9b214d7.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on February 29, 2020, 08:15:58 AM
LEAP DAY!
February 29, 2020

Well well
Bonding on the ledge

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on February 29, 2020, 05:45:51 PM
I wonder if Michelle is on her way back.  She didn't get here until March 15th last year if I recall correctly.

The female that's been here a few days is a real beauty.  I haven't seen any bands.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 01, 2020, 01:03:07 AM
Its an unbanded female.
The Racine female didnt arrive til mid March 2019 either.
Its not unusual for bachelors to arrive first to establish territory.

The male robins arrived here a week ago!   :-*

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 01, 2020, 07:23:41 AM
March 1, 2020  dawn
Falcon entered the box after perching on the extension for awhile


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 02, 2020, 07:39:55 AM
March 2, 2020  at  7:15 am
Newman and NewLady danced on Rock Ledge
This is the 2nd day they chose that spot.
I hope she doesnt nest under there on the far side.
I heard them echupping before the cam found them.

8.20  She perched at the box, looked all around but flew off.
Travis hopped inside, echupping.  Nope.  She wont enter.
She went onto the backside of Rock Ledge Diner.  😭

* cam outta focus
Will Michele return and oust NewLady?

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 03, 2020, 04:33:45 PM
Waitin' on Michelle... ❤️
(https://i.gyazo.com/76da7f3ac47aadc0f1d1153d85bedd39.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on March 04, 2020, 02:01:14 PM
1:45-1:55 pm.  Great camera work following eagle activity.  Looked like a couple "Top Guns" dueling over the Mississippi.  :) ;)
(IMO this cam should be moved to the Flyway Cam thread.  I watch it more for eagles than peregrine falcons, not enjoying seeing the songbird population drop keeping that circle of life going.)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: clarindagirl on March 06, 2020, 10:06:12 AM
March 6, 2020, Friday --  Brunch at the Box
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 06, 2020, 10:27:32 AM
NewLady does not want to go inside the box.
If Michele returns - very wise choice.
2 females want the Richmond box - same thing

SPECULATION

The female falcons want a safe home.
Here at GSB and Racine and Richmond the females are reluctant to enter the box.
In Racine - she did go in.  The other 2 boxs I have not seen the female inside.
When Breezy first nested it took awhile before she was willing to go in.
Perhaps they want a means of escape.
or going inside indicates readiness to mate, lay eggs

or both
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 06, 2020, 11:01:33 AM
March 6
7 am  Newman was on box extension flew off kakking
10.45  mating on the ledge edge
Newman mated, but cant get NewLady into his box - I heard him singin ..
https://youtu.be/dKXtF7WDPZo

The ice on the River is going out
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: clarindagirl on March 06, 2020, 01:09:18 PM
Mating  --  March 06, 2020  --  1:00pm

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 06, 2020, 05:36:25 PM
Recorded this on GSB cam a few minutes ago... checkin' on Michelle again.  Please come home safely sweet girl!

(https://i.gyazo.com/74c1037b4da0a41f92a3de83d7fb2630.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 06, 2020, 05:45:38 PM
meanwhile Newman is busy fertilizing eggs!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 07, 2020, 07:00:04 AM
(http://peregrinus.pl/media/kunena/attachments/609/Przechwytywaniewtrybiepenoekranowym07.03.2020154442.jpg)
Terka on bcaw took pic

Mar 7 2020
NewLady will perch on the stick, but wont enter the box
Aint she purdy?

This appears to be where they have chosen to nest this year.
8.30  NewLady has found a hole of her own on the cliffside - it appears very small.
She and Newman did their bow dance there.
Amazing cam work following the flying falcon to that location!

NOON
HE GOT HER IN THE BOX
I am surprised

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on March 07, 2020, 04:27:46 PM
Thanks for pics and
update! Hoping for Michelle's return, but she better hurry.  Seems like Newman is moving on
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 07, 2020, 04:44:48 PM
I remember the year Travis didnt return - Newman took his place.
Maybe Michelle found Travis and retired - she has earned it!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 08, 2020, 10:16:37 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs... last year I posted on March 14th at 11am Michelle's return in GSB thread. I have not given up on our sweet Michelle.  Safe travels sweetie!  :-*
Newman
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/89356488_2779686095401325_1432169235831848960_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_oc=AQldPCEAFbSPflm0HvsZPLsw3_tvHF3owdT0gCvmADfqXDi3U1H-mpObRUG6nxZMmbU&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=4ee96fb0065663b57ec853824a36bbec&oe=5E9A10E0)(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.explore.org%2Fsn%2F1970%2F8%2F22%2F20200307T225851_501135.ts.jpg&key=wh8-q-wBY1csQDtzBuGC9g&w=480&h=226)
VIA RRP FB
So what's going on a Great Spirit Bluff? Michelle isn't back, but Newman is courting and copulating with an unbanded female falcon. Something similar happened last year and Michelle simply drove the interloper off when she arrived. Since the two copulated, does that mean this female will lay eggs if she's driven off? Not necessarily. It takes a lot of work for male birds to bring female birds into condition - they need to copulate regularly and bring plenty of food before their mates begin ovulating. If Michelle is going to return from migration, she should do so within the next week.

Via Sherri-Ellen Theilheimer-DeJonge Hello Irawati they will not 'fight' as such...Michelle will probably just drive the unknown female away. If the new female is more dominant then Michelle might leave. From what I've read about Michelle she is 15 years old so she may not return...but I hope she does....
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: clarindagirl on March 08, 2020, 10:22:52 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs... last year I posted on March 14th at 11am Michelle's return in GSB thread. I have not given up on our sweet Michelle.  Safe travels sweetie!  :-*
Newman
(https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/89356488_2779686095401325_1432169235831848960_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_oc=AQldPCEAFbSPflm0HvsZPLsw3_tvHF3owdT0gCvmADfqXDi3U1H-mpObRUG6nxZMmbU&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=4ee96fb0065663b57ec853824a36bbec&oe=5E9A10E0)(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.explore.org%2Fsn%2F1970%2F8%2F22%2F20200307T225851_501135.ts.jpg&key=wh8-q-wBY1csQDtzBuGC9g&w=480&h=226)
VIA RRP FB
Great photo capture of spread wings and tail.  I tried several times, but always blurry.

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 08, 2020, 11:37:20 AM
March 8  -  Daylight time
7.30 am  That whining sounds like Michele!? 
But it was NewLady perched on the fertilizing stick   ;D
Newman is performing his planting and providing prey duties with joy

The liklihood is very high NewLady has eggs to lay which NewMan fertilzed.
Its NOT likely Michelle will want her nearby nesting!   ;)
Season has kicked off about a week earlier than norm.

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on March 08, 2020, 01:07:54 PM
I'm still hoping Michelle comes back too.   :(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: clarindagirl on March 09, 2020, 09:46:02 AM
March 9, 2020, Monday, 9:40am --  Morning Preening  on Cliff's Edge 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 09, 2020, 03:37:36 PM
March 9
7 am   falcon under ledge - presumably NewLady
7.20  She was in her cubbyhole - flew to ledge, joined by Newman
3.30 pm  NewLady prefers the cliff ledge or her cubbyhole, not the box.
She spends her time cliffside, the natural habitat of falcons.
That cubbyhole would NOT be a good place to raise babies.
That box is so dirty its NOT appealing.

I dont expect Michelle to return. She is 15 and probly retired.
If she returns, she returns.  This young falcon will probly be a good mom too.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 12, 2020, 07:24:48 AM
March 12
7 am  NewLady is ON TOP of the box cam - 2nd time I've seen her there
Newman inside box chirping to her
Newman takes his job as Fertilizer-in-Chief seriously!
Mating here .. mating there .. and there ....

I really hope Michele has retired in good health somewhere.
It wouldnt be good to return now

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 14, 2020, 05:32:27 AM
(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2632.0;attach=519508;image)

March 14
4 am  BOTH Lady Sherco and GSB NewLady are in house
I took this pic - both at once

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 18, 2020, 01:18:09 PM
RIVER is OPEN
March 18, 2020
Just as I was shooting the Amtrack came by   8)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on March 19, 2020, 06:23:57 PM
Is that Michelle!?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 19, 2020, 07:01:59 PM
Visitor at GSB with bands. ❤️
(https://i.gyazo.com/27a466008fd164efaa1e1b592a549d57.gif)
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/64e5e522beb8b065ef9bd41bb006ee2e0200a7cab5f41a7dc4bfe2910d35c0d2.png)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LisaG1967 on March 19, 2020, 07:08:39 PM
Great catch, Lori
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 20, 2020, 03:26:43 AM
March 19
A banded female visitor on a Rainy day!
Karen - 4 years old from Itasca county, MN Boswell Energy Center Smokestack.

NewLady should run her off
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 20, 2020, 07:23:44 AM
Visitor at GSB with bands. ❤️
(https://i.gyazo.com/27a466008fd164efaa1e1b592a549d57.gif)
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/64e5e522beb8b065ef9bd41bb006ee2e0200a7cab5f41a7dc4bfe2910d35c0d2.png)

Here is a map showing where our visitor Karen was born.  Not too far from GSB.
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e862f82b7a507592fc95664f600d4ba89a5533029da90c6747ed1c59125c41fa.png)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 20, 2020, 07:55:22 AM
March 20   SNOW
8 am  Newman and NewLady inside the box courting

LOL Lori - yours is the pic I copies off explore!   8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 21, 2020, 06:30:55 AM
AFTER the STORM
March 21
What a stunning picture! 
Officially Spring arrived a couple days earlier than normal in 2020
 -  all Nature is a week or more early.
NewLady may lay an egg early too.  She was hanging around the nestbox late yesterday


new man's new lady will probly fledge 4 young before RRP gets around to naming her.   :-\
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 22, 2020, 08:36:41 AM
Just recorded this lil guy from GSB live cam a couple minutes ago!

(https://i.gyazo.com/3a3e88647fafd640042d3a0e2b070ddb.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 22, 2020, 09:07:59 AM
beautiful dawn robin
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 24, 2020, 07:16:27 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs update...

Thanks for breakfast Newman, see ya later!
(https://i.gyazo.com/b02c193c2fd21cb765505abffb8442cb.gif)
Newman
(https://files.explore.org/sn/1970/8/22/20200323T230627_1192563.ts.jpg)
Female
(https://files.explore.org/sn/1970/8/22/20200323T190229_1185244.ts.jpg)
Female
(https://files.explore.org/sn/1970/8/22/20200315T201447_841813.ts.jpg)
Newman made food delivery to female, off for more food!
(https://files.explore.org/sn/1970/8/22/20200315T124953_828466.ts.jpg)
March 22, 2020
From Raptor Resource Project

Peregrine Falcons: Great Spirit Bluff, lifestyles of the fast and furious!
"Watchers know that female falcon Michelle has not yet returned to Great Spirit Bluff. It is unlikely she will do so at this point: we have pairs back at almost all of our nests and egg-laying is just around the corner. Newman has been seen courting an unbanded female and, very briefly, Karen 44/P, a 2016 hatch from Minnesota Power?s Clay Boswell nest box."
"....We don?t know when the new, as yet unnamed female will lay eggs, but Michelle usually started in late March or early April, with laying coming a little later in cold, dry years. Given all the drama at GSB, I thought this would be a good time to talk about peregrine falcons. We?ll start with the basics!" Read the full blog here:
https://www.raptorresource.org/2020/03/22/peregrine-falcons-great-spirit-bluff-lifestyles-of-the-fast-and-furious/
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 24, 2020, 10:52:45 AM
Thanks Lori
Lady is a beauty! 
May she raise many young!
She has an amazing legacy to live up to!
She appears to have a brood patch so she should be giving Newman a family.

I like to think Michele found Travis and retired happily somewhere ....

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 24, 2020, 10:59:15 AM
Thanks Lori
Lady is a beauty! 
May she raise many young!
She has an amazing legacy to live up to!
She appears to have a brood patch so she should be giving Newman a family.

I like to think Michele found Travis and retired happily somewhere ....

I wanted to give our Michelle enough time to return before posting the new female.  :(
 I think the new female will do just fine, kind of concerned if she knows how to deal with the owls, because we know they will "visit".  >:(  Prayers for new female and little ones that are coming and hoping they name her very soon.  She deserves a name.  Maybe they are waiting for first egg to name her.  Take care Shep.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: mrsfalcon on March 25, 2020, 10:20:30 AM
I know John is writing something up about it. After all these years, you would think I would be inured to replacement, but it still makes me sad. It's an opportunity to learn new things, but it still hurts to know that an animal I had a relationship with - even if that was relationship was only one way, which it was - is gone. Hopefully things will go well here this year.

Amy
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 25, 2020, 10:34:35 AM
I couldnt color them slate blue, I tried.
I hope people will look at this and think of
Travis  Michele happy together.

This new Lady is so beautiful.
We have wonderful memories of Michele.
But the time comes for all of us to retire
and leave the next generation to the next generation.   :)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 26, 2020, 01:56:57 AM
NOVA (new)
Raptor Resource Project Mod
March 25, 2020

We are excited to announce a name for our beautiful new female falcon at Great Spirit Bluff! We have chosen the name Nova and we think it fits her well as the new female falcon of our current nesting pair. Nova appeared at the bluff on February 24th shortly after Newman?s arrival on February 18th.

Nova has found a new home at the bluff and has really settled in and become familiar with all the typical perch spots, food cache areas, and most important - the nest box. She was initially observed checking out multiple locations along the bluff rock face shortly after arrival and even scraping as if they might be possible nesting locations. It has been interesting to watch that process and observe the diligent conditioning that Newman has conducted to lure her to the nest box with prey gifts. It has not taken long for her to be comfortable in the nest box and we are crossing our talons that she will lay eggs there soon!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: pefgirl on March 26, 2020, 07:50:53 AM
Just an FYI, Karen 44/P nested at Whitewater STate park in 2018, but has been since replaced in 2019 and 2020.  Nice to know she's still alive!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 26, 2020, 08:17:52 AM
Is Whitewater STate park in winona MN?
Several pairs were replaced this year.
Spring came over a week earlier than normal.

I am very glad Nova (new) lady finally got an official name!   ;D

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 26, 2020, 08:26:27 AM
EGG
March 26   
8:20 am  lil red egg - in the box
Nova was NOT going to give us her egg
 - til RRP gave her a NAME!
She is Michele's spirit - laid that egg eggzakly where M would have.   8)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 26, 2020, 08:32:44 AM
Congratulations Great Spirit Bluffs Nova & Newman first egg today!!!  ❤️❤️❤️

Around 820am here she is laying her first egg
(https://i.gyazo.com/159efbf7b1be27c5ba0bef4534ac808b.gif)
Nova & egg, RRP named her yesterday!
(https://i.gyazo.com/e574cca6097f278a0d445ba467f4f9af.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on March 26, 2020, 02:09:07 PM
Having watched Michelle for years I was steadfastly hoping for her return, so there's a bit of heartbreak there.  No way I can watch the tribute although I'm sure it's beautiful. 
Now we have this new gorgeous female and already an egg.  Newman has done such a good job helping her settle in and I'm excited and hopeful for a successful season.  Welcome Nova!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 26, 2020, 02:12:43 PM
Having watched Michelle for years I was steadfastly hoping for her return, so there's a bit of heartbreak there.  No way I can watch the tribute although I'm sure it's beautiful. 
Now we have this new gorgeous female and already an egg.  Newman has done such a good job helping her settle in and I'm excited and hopeful for a successful season.  Welcome Nova!

I understand. I love and miss Michelle too.  I couldn't watch the tribute either.  I haven't even watched Decorah Dad's yet!  We become very attached to our Raptors... especially the lil ones. :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 26, 2020, 05:34:16 PM
GSB, Thanks for lunch Newman, see ya later!!! ❤️❤️❤️
(https://i.gyazo.com/ccd2a3acaf83246fd410940f03c71ae5.gif)
Newmans first peek at egg after giving Nova lunch
(https://i.gyazo.com/1b2e7abb260438e31e989ee8c75d2400.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on March 27, 2020, 02:23:17 AM
Thanks for all the great catches today!!  We were gone a lot and just went to the cam before heading for bed and saw the egg, so headed here.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 28, 2020, 08:21:19 AM

Good Morning Nova!

(https://i.gyazo.com/f09cd5aaa017ee5e7bdd68a24efcaed9.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on March 28, 2020, 03:29:53 PM
#2 egg is here! Approximately 3:20ish CST.  Go Nova! Maybe RRP will confirm
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 28, 2020, 03:34:59 PM
2  EGGs
March 28   
3.30 pm I looked in and - 2 eggs!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 28, 2020, 03:39:10 PM
Congratulations Nova & Newman 2nd egg!!!  ❤️
(https://i.gyazo.com/6f3cd2b0f456542f965ca6949e4e50cc.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 29, 2020, 03:48:05 AM
OWL!    :o

March 29 about 3.30 am
Return of our GHO - perched on clifftop above nestbox
Thanks night zoomer for catching him!

I love owls!  But NOT in favor of them annoying our falcons!
Of course I dont like our birds preying on the pretty songbirds either.

Thanks Lori for pics of our new beauty!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 29, 2020, 06:27:14 AM
Shep, thanks for heads up!   I knew this was coming, but not already.   :-\ Doesn't look like it bothered Nova. Going to have to rewind.  Maybe this is a good thing so she can be aware of the owls.  They WILL be back.  Prayers for Newman, Nova and new family to come.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 29, 2020, 06:31:18 AM
OWL
March 29  RAIN, snow windy 35
3.30 am  Return of our GHO - perched on clifftop above nestbox
Thanks night zoomer for catching him!
From explore notes he's been heard all night
6.30 am  Eggs have been ALONE the past 3 hours
 :D  6.30 sharp I hear Nova - on the fertilizing stick
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 29, 2020, 06:51:52 AM
GSB Nova this morning... all is well.
(https://i.gyazo.com/2c29ac534f49c43825a412ae38892569.gif)
(https://i.gyazo.com/3a431d80fdc1b14be46f0eb7ebf7b8fe.gif)

GHO visit last night
(https://i.gyazo.com/2bb4fc8e5bb9b28076b5135569124ddc.gif)
Great Spirit Bluff Falcons GHO (Great Horned Owl )
https://youtu.be/tBo1C77A1pc via lizzy g eaglespirit
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 29, 2020, 05:49:54 PM
Mar 29
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 30, 2020, 05:35:19 AM
March 30 
4.15 am  I heard a THUNK!  Nova's inside box with 2 eggs.  She alerted!
We have a great Defender in Nova!  Thot I heard an owl earlier but not sure.

Hey gang - Breezy laid her egg at Elk River

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on March 30, 2020, 08:28:42 AM
Something fell onto the roof of the box...you could see particles of rocks or something.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on March 31, 2020, 08:15:34 AM
3 eggs! 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on March 31, 2020, 08:35:03 AM
Congratulations Nova & Newman egg #3 ❤️
(https://i.gyazo.com/f1f4a013be998a1ab98ec473a8368539.gif)

Another owl visit last night a few minutes before she laid 3rd egg... all is well this morning :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on March 31, 2020, 11:58:47 AM
3  EGGs
March 31 
3 am  I see she finally laid egg 3 - she seemed to have trouble, maybe it was breech (humor)
She was acting like she was stiff n sore yesterday
EXPLORE notes -  egg appeared on Mar 31st at 1:15 am
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on March 31, 2020, 04:50:55 PM
Boy sure hate to see that owls have been visiting again.  :-\  Great on all the eggs!!!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 01, 2020, 01:14:59 PM
April 1
Elk River's Breezy laid egg 2
and Amy still hasnt stickied it   :'(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on April 03, 2020, 07:12:10 PM
#4 just laid!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on April 03, 2020, 08:15:11 PM
GSB congrats Nova & Newman egg #4!!! ❤️

(https://i.gyazo.com/bb597e88e953a5e4e51fcc75e2fa8dcc.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 04, 2020, 02:40:14 AM
 :)   4  EGGs   RAIN
April  3 
7 pm  Nova finally laid egg 4
Nova is a lot more cautious than Michele, but this is her FIRST year here

RECAP

March 26   
March 28   
March 31   
April  3 

Thanks for pics ladies!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on April 04, 2020, 02:43:15 PM
Just saw #4! Glad Nova is cautious.  Saw GHO earlier in the week.  Stay safe GSB PFs! :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 05, 2020, 12:49:54 PM
April 5  Palm Sonday
BARGE

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TPABay111 on April 07, 2020, 09:32:02 PM
Tonight's pink supermoon was 221,855 miles away from earth.  However, with the fabulous out-of-this-world GSB cam, it felt like one could just reach out & touch the moon.  Thanks so much, RRP!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on April 12, 2020, 03:01:05 PM
Not a very nice Easter day on the bluff!  At least it looks like more rain than snow.

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Shift change...
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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on April 13, 2020, 09:16:44 AM
Looks like one of the eggs broke.   :(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on April 13, 2020, 11:27:55 AM
Looks like one of the eggs broke.   :(
Is does  :(
It's being eaten a little at a time.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/nDCsCWkSP5q9FvcZDaP76RppccIrEta8Ym8KPbMFJjj7NND6jc1ZaYhlElMNpVHFgemxvUE_Vn0kNFjsTVUNy0ZAWzLBMqPJedN5rmu3Q3tH2WVoo35rCTaY67Ml4XGlp8Ov4mNV4BCmK-TrmtP2A4JetDaf9gH8Bj4AqfPlKIXwVCO-MXvc5EHsUtskCRT42CGXCRxZJpT9L7VYFuTaFgRK5jlwv2nB4ee4r0jvhQTu2ylClmvlTDUOZ3GkI_WB7YglA3pX3TQh8Z4F-rrjHzwxDBWjCjZQEbL7RwcxicdzNAYS3JzNDcd1SnEcTdK_8ehTAIoZpnihPVWpkgs0wtX9G5iuBeIEsmzHQACmF6ksrjTJcvU4j_ra5vYxi8BxQ3DJemtPgHWtvda92hgbWkvWXdfPH5aVB5T5NplPegeQULBbgbZQduuOB6w_rADPhOaAsLYB58r9QUqwfIpdoX7dV_YgSOkLND4m2YcCYlRl7IecPEcx3DS_OHUMpaTSp1xrVNewpapMvb5Si0tvhCiTUzwOXCjJyKvLjQ36mtof5GcKfUvfRYY8GLwOrCxnxuwVihxG1sCzLsXUDefxVgdbFN-wEgYZcWJNRbScCfzc3fUKWHRiQ0Ix-D6rRTWCI7kxhSIpVGlQx4Zd0GhZFrGo95u-j_2CU_mu7LlcIlgEByz1K62cIzJovFkf5YBJKcGnilPudHQm_qTiIIT8ocXW9AAWN0xd8ueu6Ucdoz1GFNXVZjE9=w1236-h572-no)

They switched places.....
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The front one has a big crack and hole in it...
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/MZeEB4ldKOYjaI9cwATCqEZE5wmTj7ufjfNDaqa34DXj25MV_kt40q1sVZQWb9KRFcoz6ofzr7PdEfMY-Dv8T0sjFNBEQUnO9avv-ZcvWWaZcBuvSQ0m0zG5nAJa8kMveXKd_bE3lMURhpC5XyX_5JQ-T6g0sMg74fyBguSTbm0bIxbvCz-WnSpeReo2Lky-yH7VopVbJaadTEYh9a6yocIY3ExyuohslwhcZCxTZhICN9mFui3Oj4hl-CIcuySspSYAjJ3HOk397bf68n05eDDjmJq2OADCFaxZ5HI1DKtHxJslNSjRWBpm9ZTnbo7Ab0EscD5lSHC4cjtQ4n2-plhNBXLpxHuNR_m--awsb34QqssvkST2tGY4x39YhTJcH71rW8jnmxWQUfKtERFsUi898zwS8zy1MddkAcKXN8eERnwmmmUVd5Ip1tItVymfCYgb_kKLViq2OOkJvAhHAuNux3P-nJyC1pWHwXMhwHoEHxJXkZu58uRE9ElnxZdoxSU2LbEkXElaG9UwB-OJonEljjPJqJ2EbWsPZDNRxg9aZPETZFDpeD57kqTOA_AT-jSi9TXEEh9mUxxh9xYHRyvOOUaCiPcjSv-zgx6NUNsGMI-sfl8FkTovu-T9sRPlNq16qpaCWiFJz-mV-0tNAvwMBb-pjoBJ8fKXwfEByAsObKLU6ew_yDazSiaGI5hrGs08q-24FUXyw_gQS6fwRsk6Blj3QaWpMiBzpjeErrHxQ8VqAcOu=w877-h518-no)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 13, 2020, 01:51:46 PM
BROKEN EGG
April 13
1 pm
Its normal for mom to eat an inviable egg

Did MN have HAIL Sonday?
Hail broke skylights in Texas, hail in other states

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on April 13, 2020, 03:29:41 PM
I didn't hear about any hail and the egg should have been under one of them and protected.

It may have gotten stepped on accidentally.............
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on April 13, 2020, 07:49:02 PM
GSB visitor "Nina" from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee EMS hatched 5-11-2019
(https://files.explore.org/sn/1970/8/22/20200413T231545_2100042.ts.jpg)

(https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/93485235_3035080983222323_4881120784468148224_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=ca434c&_nc_oc=AQmY4ZmC_Jau8URCpTIzPlDve_8nQwusp1H-lqfrI_mrcE0y-fw4ypJwPmFoLpNIqnQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=50c1ceabb16757d5653f2e9cc43ec8ee&oe=5EBA2964)

(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6e8196a1c9e04d92b7b8268d5dd533100ebbfe6493390476247fc6a59726dc1b.png)

(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/223e19ddc8acde491995d10107e92d5cb9ffe07ef6f332e813807feb39cd0aaf.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on April 13, 2020, 08:12:21 PM
Wow and no fight???!!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on April 14, 2020, 02:17:23 AM
Wow and no fight??!!

Explore post said Newman was on the eggs -
but Im sure Nova was around, WHY wasnt Nina chased off?

GSB visitor "Nina" from University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee EMS hatched 5-11-2019
B/blu
M04  -  L

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on April 14, 2020, 11:35:34 AM
Wow and no fight??!!

Explore post said Newman was on the eggs -
but Im sure Nova was around, WHY wasnt Nina chased off?

GSB visitor "Nina" from University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee EMS hatched 5-11-2019
B/blu
M04  -  L

I think it's because she's a Juvie.  She was just stopping by for a visit... no intentions.  Just a guess btw :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on April 14, 2020, 12:40:38 PM
That's what I was thinking too Lori, especially with one on eggs and no attack.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on April 14, 2020, 12:48:04 PM
She's beautiful...nice to see young ones.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on April 15, 2020, 12:28:31 AM
Here's the full video.  Newman kind of ruffled his feathers when she's turn to him and gave her "the look".  She sure was a pretty little thing and so great they could zero in on her band!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myZjVv9e4rM&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 02, 2020, 09:09:03 AM
Is May 3 HATCH WEEK?
May 2  egg report

Eggs laid


March 26   
March 28   
March 31   
April  3 

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 02, 2020, 02:14:16 PM
Should be real close.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 04, 2020, 05:16:56 AM
(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2574.0;attach=522316;image)

Social distancing for them too??

Thot u might get a laugh out of this
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 07, 2020, 04:01:51 PM
Great Spirit Bluff Falcons Nova & Newman appears to be a PIP (finally) ;D
Been on watch since May 3rd.Congrats!!!
(https://i.gyazo.com/6b23b0d0f9be2a15f42ff3be905890d6.gif)
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/52b9ea08572e85fc8f27b24109f245710ee1790b4b3d483fe6a24f1818a330a5.jpg?w=480&h=371)
https://youtu.be/Qx3hvvbDVik via lizzy g eaglespirit
at 3:33pm Clear view of 2 PIP
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on May 07, 2020, 04:18:31 PM
Just saw it too Lori!! Yay! (Was getting impatient, but don't tell anyone :-X) :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 07, 2020, 05:01:10 PM
There's definitely a pip at the Great Spirit Bluff falcon nest! Scroll back about an hour from now (5:00 DST). One parent on the eggs, the other brings in a prey (bird), offers food and chatters to the pipping egg, which chirps back. So cool.

Photo is small because I haven't figured out how to do a screen cap when the view is full-screen. Must learn something new!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 07, 2020, 07:07:51 PM
Oh thank goodness!  Yay Nova and Newman!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 07, 2020, 08:44:17 PM
There's definitely a pip at the Great Spirit Bluff falcon nest! Scroll back about an hour from now (5:00 DST). One parent on the eggs, the other brings in a prey (bird), offers food and chatters to the pipping egg, which chirps back. So cool.

Photo is small because I haven't figured out how to do a screen cap when the view is full-screen. Must learn something new!

When I click on the photo it enlarges good.  it's fine!  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 08, 2020, 02:44:54 AM
Around 1 AM eating a chunk eggshell!!!
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/beQDbzctp1M4Ucoq1p8UC--iz5HFC3jjxamDtXFIM9kuCpnTBzvY2TaljqyXga_gSDqE8Gi20c_H-sgCE4AqZAyhOmKBMJp5D2SRMNS0lyETSVC1M9RqH4YqqtBCInGV2zDlIawNcdhVG4s4WtIZ1HGFuyJufmOTWxAXYc4I7yNdZ8BxxjPeqLutI40-5xTft4WmLQwyxgt50Xc1wySWDv1a9BJlbN2x9gl1pfBubsr7oo4QUtqCB0jbEdD8Y0oM37lmm9rD0RdW2pOHFDHDyoqI2Oyo-NtLd5NIJZTwmiaePiTPflLpAruEUtK_STCFdFG0gvasQJqteTTeFPcxb4AG8QsgABMLK9HmAWl4UhNfeNbexZVEYCKf1z2MsAEfvjnH2DeFxPBp9FXXzvVkTYOMm6jyN4xbDmuDq9HrGWRgewzBa1XtcFkLJ68cybUdfMlKLPx9qXQvlu72au8L2JYPIJb4Ang67TU4OdXmw5r8Dk5Tr5lCFpFlQcfJms5ms297K3KbuQkpdb5hMqI9dGzJ__EDpM9TB-MytCu293cp9ET6r4z_mOG6um47oEGvK9Nz7tdsNSbEIT6bfRAuEIVh9wic3E6AXl4gQCXiBajCtUTPixSt6p3AkIcpRs_TiXxRkZdfr7pyi3CBuEE1i5TStcYFvGRfifS1BnOko4ecVeL1OfbkFMhWpftEwPo3WkAXe36gH-LTDReeE7_nRTcDYoPP4byAFenLn5fIXWicRwgWkXN32Og=w1226-h550-no?authuser=0)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 08, 2020, 07:27:30 AM
Here's the first chick, about 7:00 a.m. nest time. Eggshell in front of the parent.

I'm new to this nest and can't tell Nova from Newman yet.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 08, 2020, 08:03:00 AM
May 8 at 8 am
hatch
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on May 08, 2020, 09:05:02 AM
Congratulations Nova and Newman! Cute tiny cotton ball :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 08, 2020, 10:01:39 AM
Shep what time was your first one?  That one I caught before I went to bed was around 1 AM and one of them was chewing on a big piece of eggshell.  When I caught the picture it was being chewed on, but was laid back down.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 08, 2020, 12:43:10 PM
Congrats GSB Nova & Newman first hatch!!!  ❤️❤️❤️

Nova learning how to feed little one.
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d255f7d74f759297e99413932d14f64451fa46d4af82a434a452b0378984b77b.jpg?w=480&h)

(https://i.gyazo.com/b018948cb91a2fc4483ecec440478d22.gif)

Via RRP
May 8, 2020
From Raptor Resource Project
"We had our first hatch at Great Spirit Bluff last night at 11:07 PM! Based on what we are seeing and hearing, we think we have at least one more egg to go. Congratulations to Nova and Newman on their first hatch! As far as we know, this is Nova?s first brood.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 08, 2020, 12:47:59 PM
Shep what time was your first one?  That one I caught before I went to bed was around 1 AM and one of them was chewing on a big piece of eggshell.  When I caught the picture it was being chewed on, but was laid back down.

There's only one hatch
I recorded when I saw it
I had hatched overnite
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 08, 2020, 02:51:16 PM
Oh my goodness...so much cuteness!  Newman always looks so scared to babysit especially if the little one is squeeking.    :D
Nova is doing so good.  Congrats!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 08, 2020, 03:52:24 PM
Shep what time was your first one?  That one I caught before I went to bed was around 1 AM and one of them was chewing on a big piece of eggshell.  When I caught the picture it was being chewed on, but was laid back down.

There's only one hatch
I recorded when I saw it
I had hatched overnite
Ok, I know during the night a big piece of egg shell was pulled out and eaten on, I thought you meant 8 AM was the hatch, sorry. :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 08, 2020, 04:34:42 PM
MAYBE a pip starting?  (Middle of afternoon)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3ehJee2sLwAee7_npvvP68eOrl-sRziTnbYbedMkJ1OKko46k32o5fcQhIT1AAcvdZwPgZN4VdaaP30J4Km21pvTXY-qGGz8yQvUBhGSCvHMe3TBq1jqn5GrI1ZLIME0U0FPZMk_OO0BwEWosUiJ8OnGw=w1236-h581-no?authuser=0)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3cXzZWfDBxO_SOt99Jv-Q1GWLQ355JPWrHwtQ4c9jgXz2i6H-RM49QcSA01kz7IF7godSPaf94L8KYmkiPcq_3PmMzlf-W-DfmtT-Ib8FtAPS84fuhKXXNVCgOG7qd78HtniY-wc81Xo_Yet6eV-ZhXFA=w1238-h595-no?authuser=0)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fO-8XAfQWPXTXDtfAy5buCcpHdRjvof1aoVVoZzOYTk19F1yb7UUTHM6tSfAUcOKiSGk_UQnr_a4gVEM7I1cVLU1QjBGaljCwosHBS7E0eal1AJi3VJYOOcqWEq3dDqFliPwvVbyLMDiGLBJRqlURSJg=w1234-h591-no?authuser=0)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 08, 2020, 09:10:56 PM
Maybe about 7:30 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fvj5hnk7VmKgmnSULZRUeXWLByKjlK4WUx0RIubmeu9I87CW8-PD5vRHo2mtErDuBiCbrfN8oZ2dbNb_tMt9U75d-9CuppS4nJT1HwfG0_CE0JWgLt-wCP2mGnlFQ03Gpwo3Fk75KM0eYnV91EwlB1ew=w1236-h595-no?authuser=0)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 09, 2020, 05:16:09 AM
 :)  2 hatchlings
May 9
5 am
I call this a hatch - others have their own criteria  LOL

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on May 09, 2020, 07:00:26 AM
Just saw #2- totally out of shell! So cute! (Need to remember how to do screenshots)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 09, 2020, 10:57:57 AM
Here are the two hatchlings this morning.

Interesting that they seem to be more mature at hatch than the eaglets. Less bobble-heading and they chirp right away. Little balls of white fuzz. The parent falcons seem more talkative than eagles, also.  Reminds me of a radio talk show with lots of static.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: SAI_Peregrinus on May 09, 2020, 10:59:53 AM
Feeding the babies.

Edit: figured out recording video.
https://youtu.be/cpAU05a2EAI
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 09, 2020, 11:23:57 AM
Awww thanks you guys!  Good job on recording SAI, I have to figure that out yet.  :)

STLBf -- and they do perform wonderful face plants sometimes when they're real full and tip over forward.  :D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: SAI_Peregrinus on May 09, 2020, 12:09:55 PM
Awww thanks you guys!  Good job on recording SAI, I have to figure that out yet.  :)

I figured most hadn't. So I made a brief tutorial: https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?topic=2678.0

Edit: for Screenshots, I use either "Snip & Save" (Windows 10) or Spectacle (Debian Linux with KDE). No idea for Mac or non-KDE Linux systems.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 09, 2020, 01:31:41 PM
Congrats GSB Nova & Newman 2nd hatch!   ❤️❤️❤️

Nova feeding lil one
(https://i.gyazo.com/05d44b6594ce8749bc4c7802bd01da06.gif)
Peek at hatch this morning
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/db6d6a45ea2a0c27a874e52a4cfe3cca8e49331d7f017d5ab6e4b8325a1deef6.png?w=480&h)
Family photo
(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.explore.org%2Fsn%2F1970%2F8%2F22%2F20200509T151640_71087.ts.jpg&key=x-fJpKpkzADT9qHT2FHtSA&w=480&h)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 09, 2020, 03:12:08 PM
Great comparison shots Lori.

Looks like one to go, but the first two look great.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 09, 2020, 07:14:55 PM
3rd hatch!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 09, 2020, 07:54:41 PM
3rd hatch!!
THANKS TCRaptorLover!!!

A meal came in about 6:40-6:45 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3foqeH-NUOMAFbsCjW8TNLGYjbBD2yZ4uu5dsYz22JfrvVPvfCiLXYsFBX2j9MKL7BNhhYR07mRLpp7BiBRRO9KNbfxvzZOwtVQh--R1yPmZhCjrcMizaE5RU6P3xl55XI0t_HdKYq_T2bv2ped07t8jQ=w1235-h584-no?authuser=0)

And the about 6:55??? #3!!!
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3es13DmgvwfYmdOSdALmNddYsl1NUQc8yNySIXA39pU7FlYrp4Qzzqwu1OzAGDjJFxjSKevmseOAXZ2rve5QdB7rREuOdcyp9KowENjVwzmjuLnfWzDYdOxpl2nbrcduDxyGS-vFaC8tAgn5fy-XoHfRA=w1235-h588-no?authuser=0)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fQsXysZlxvRUZ4SkqimHrnpfQpB_0b23Y-IW-SCgvKGH3dz4TMdXDXNTvRTD1y7OylvTTLnwnSMG8A1sd1kozq2a4325QCXOaDW7RFnQC9FN81QqIbNly5HxpY9oYtcsrMFQxZPVn5QUinfj2DzmShZg=w1240-h588-no?authuser=0)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 10, 2020, 11:19:11 AM
MOTHERs DAY
May 10, 2020
Mother Nova has 3 babies
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 10, 2020, 11:24:55 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs Nova & Newman congrats on third egg hatch!
(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmedia.giphy.com%2Fmedia%2Fl3972dwikkaD1euOI%2Fgiphy.gif&key=3-QYhjFFYE3ktuM_uQR4LA&w=480&h=220)
Last night around 8pm
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cb8de7c87da36b5aba946430639f472d3945dd50ef88ee419833a419e1ffc62a.jpg?w=480&h=285)

Nova getting ready for shift change
(https://i.gyazo.com/d240c20be008eb84ee0e5337bad18d61.gif)

Newman shift change... Daddy & me time
(https://i.gyazo.com/01eab3b04d897bfe669c045a50802dea.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 10, 2020, 12:14:10 PM
Lori, thanks for the ID tips, very helpful.

Third hatch, hooray, Happy Mother's Day to Nova. I send you my DIY card.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 10, 2020, 07:12:47 PM
FYI there is a nail in the nestbox.  You can see it approx. 24 min. ago. 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 11, 2020, 05:16:12 AM
May 11
Nova's moved the kids
Saw a barge heading upriver before dawn

There are 2 foreign objects in box

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 11, 2020, 10:02:05 AM
FYI there is a nail in the nestbox.  You can see it approx. 24 min. ago.
Lying in the rocks?  Sure it's not a feather?  If you're looking at what I think you might me, is it a bone??
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 11, 2020, 10:10:40 AM
Shep where are you seeing something?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 11, 2020, 10:14:48 AM
do you look at explore?
They point out a screw to our right
and a foreign object in the middle near front of box

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 11, 2020, 10:20:33 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs Nova feeding the kids this morning ❤️❤️❤️

(https://i.gyazo.com/5bd519afc2ded72bf0bafa4d46a1a454.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 11, 2020, 12:27:43 PM
do you look at explore?
They point out a screw to our right
and a foreign object in the middle near front of box
Thanks I'll look, I was on YouTube.

Where did they comment???
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on May 11, 2020, 03:50:24 PM
Am I seeing #3?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on May 11, 2020, 03:52:06 PM
Nevermind! I see we do have 3!  Yay! and Congrats!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 11, 2020, 04:56:28 PM
Wow neat, what did #3 appear???  Thanks horseylvr!
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3cOqp3KNcdyB0mBf7PtxZC--lB4U5AnaUvBMTgBWjhF7g7wswkkth93wKSp-zwTRsa0ZmRGZhmhcUyOJQ1RFsRDYfXRMsBjU6MjGIMDr7UMoSLe3BrcbCcxcj8GgcmHd02wgGEOlHU9yFMNg73-9v0gXg=w1010-h566-no?authuser=0)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 11, 2020, 05:43:37 PM
FYI there is a nail in the nestbox.  You can see it approx. 24 min. ago.
Lying in the rocks?  Sure it's not a feather?  If you're looking at what I think you might me, is it a bone??

It's a nail...it's quite long.  Maybe it fell from the roof.
I don't watch on Explore so I didn't know there had already been discussion about it.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on May 11, 2020, 11:36:15 PM
Thanks TCRaptorLover.  rather have a nail than a screw loose  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 12, 2020, 02:36:03 AM
I'm just not seeing it.  Where about is it???  :-[
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 12, 2020, 07:45:27 AM
GSB Falcons Nova feeding the kids breakfast this morning ❤️❤️❤️

(https://i.gyazo.com/4ebc86df7849e3c709deeca20e3c4463.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 12, 2020, 01:38:26 PM
I'm just not seeing it.  Where about is it???  :-[

It got buried again.  It was getting moved around as the family moved around the gravel.  I'm sure it will pop up again. 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 13, 2020, 03:33:13 PM
Great Spirit Bluffs falcon cam Newman, Nova and lils  ❤️❤️❤️

Newman "Daddy time"
(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.explore.org%2Fsn%2F1970%2F8%2F22%2F20200513T152720_244207.ts.jpg&key=jbESLn3sAJqcydXOxPXhEA&w=480&h=226)

Nova back with lunch
(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.explore.org%2Fsn%2F1970%2F8%2F22%2F20200513T135429_212672.ts.jpg&key=KtVbzcTCRVC9aH-fv_GKyg&w=480&h=226)

Nova feeding the lils
(https://i.gyazo.com/de64004325e0685564d20870af0104d4.gif)

Nova shimmy shimmy nap time
(https://i.gyazo.com/e23b6fb43dd5d35b659960004a8577aa.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Lani on May 13, 2020, 11:03:42 PM

LOL Lori! Love the Nova Shimmy!!! The babies look healthy and adorable.
Thanks for the great gifs!  :-*
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 14, 2020, 02:13:20 PM
 :( The little guy isn't doing well. 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 14, 2020, 11:00:02 PM
No he's not.  It must have been between 7-8 tonight and I believe Newman came in and the other two were chirping and wiggling and he didn't move at all.  :-\

It must have been about 6 PM when they had a feeding.....he didn't look like he was breathing.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3cs2rzS778c5V60tdrXeNOjh8fDld8mFrnvq5cYe5f_h0tR_z65AwnWfYO3JScJCly2nC9LlYIFCjLyd5ZgfbohKqwW8uO7VojZYvO6rbocrM4XV4wfPxJKgKlaLO2IMXiBoca_YllRLxmHw_4nEpbdoA=w1233-h577-no?authuser=0)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 15, 2020, 12:19:04 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs Nova & Newman.  Rest in Peace Eyass 3rd hatch lil one.  He's been struggling for a couple days now.  May you fly high & free with the Angels sweet one.  You were loved.  :'(
(https://files.explore.org/sn/1970/8/22/20200513T135458_241436.ts.jpg)

No official announcement yet that I know of.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LisaG1967 on May 15, 2020, 05:38:05 AM
Awww, so sad!   :(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on May 15, 2020, 09:26:54 AM
Sad about little #3. Fly high with Kira :'(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 15, 2020, 03:43:13 PM
He was SO tiny.  :-\
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 15, 2020, 04:26:40 PM
He was SO tiny.  :-\

He was tiny.  I hate losing one...so sad.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 16, 2020, 06:11:43 AM
(https://files.explore.org/sn/1970/8/22/20200515T235646_345890.ts.jpg)
Pic off explore


Sad to lose a little one
Glad Mom took it out
This is a new pair and I have wondered all along if Nove ever raised a brood before - even tho she looks like an older gal


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LisaG1967 on May 16, 2020, 07:35:37 AM
 :( :(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on May 16, 2020, 08:47:07 AM
I hope RRP will acknowledge the hatch and death on the site's page. Poor little thing. If Kira is new mom, she'll benefit from this year.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 16, 2020, 09:11:37 AM
I hope RRP will acknowledge the hatch and death on the site's page. Poor little thing. If Kira is new mom, she'll benefit from this year.

They did

Raptor Resource Project Mod ? 17 hours ago
We lost our youngest falcon at the Great Spirit Bluff nest yesterday. We were all cheering for our little underdog and were hoping that its spunk would help bridge the size gap between it and its siblings. A newly hatched baby falcon or eyass can make it several days without food, but it looked like too much was missed for it to keep its strength up.

Competing with larger siblings for food is always a significant issue and the larger the hatch age gap, the more challenging it is to make it through the first critical week of development. It seemed that many times it was hard for our little underdog to get up and keep its beak open and in the right direction during feeding time. Here are some photos from hatch on Saturday the 9th to Thursday the 14th. Rest in peace little one.

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 16, 2020, 10:39:44 AM
Mom is Nova.  She's new, but Newman is still there from before.  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 16, 2020, 11:44:18 AM
So sad about the littlest peregrine's death. Makes me realize how difficult it is to raise a brood or clutch or whatever these wonderous birds are called. Best wishes for the remaining two. Go RRP!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 18, 2020, 10:45:05 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs family today ❤️❤️❤️

Nova feeding lils lunch
(https://i.gyazo.com/90dc070e8b13fb6245e6995418b45719.gif)

Nova doing the shimmy shimmy ko ko pop
(https://i.gyazo.com/252b1fe29e8deebf5450580af01967a8.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 19, 2020, 07:59:29 PM
We're unpinned?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 19, 2020, 11:39:01 PM
Oh my we are!  On the up side, there is enough posting in this thread to keep it near the pinned ones.  :)  AMY!!!!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on May 20, 2020, 09:52:40 AM
Couldn't figure out what unpinned meant, but Nora to the rescue.  Still think GSB should be placed with the Flyway cam thread, but I must be a minority of one.  Hi everybirdy!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 20, 2020, 10:55:45 AM
May 20
We may be unpinned but we arent unhinged  lol   ;D
We'll be fine

ANNNNDd .......  just lilke that ..
we're pinned again  ( I clicked sticky - and we're back )
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 22, 2020, 10:51:27 AM
A good day at GSB.  The older chick is hobbling around the next box this morning. The younger is moving a little also. Prey species includes variety of small birds, perhaps an oriole this morning -- bright orange and black -- see capture photo and rewind.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 22, 2020, 01:51:39 PM
Ouch another oriole for a meal.

Good idea on clicking "sticky" Shep.  I thought just the person that started the thread or an administrator had to.  Thanks. :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 22, 2020, 05:08:57 PM
Little ones taking in the view earlier this afternoon. Tiny bit of feather development slightly visible.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 22, 2020, 05:36:18 PM
May 22
A boy and a girl
They are adorable
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 24, 2020, 12:03:56 PM
They're looking great this rainy holiday weekend.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fZ-ih10TP6CwR22HVNHy65CbS8Az0o7rYB4Mv5hO5_ciJSEr68V_bEg-cKQ1ivO-cMyXb7SdcdZAUdk0GAuChejO9oXY2FkTzzK7cl9MGIbS3nqNtg8ApilIDiZD1e5qqeKRd0NXsnG25PiYdRhbRFtQ=w1236-h599-no?authuser=0)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 24, 2020, 05:53:53 PM
Oh my, gray feathers and wing & tail pinfeathers at 2+ weeks. Interesting that chicks' legs are almost white.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 25, 2020, 05:51:51 AM
May 25, 2020
This is the age I call - marshmallows - just before they turn from white.
They were soooooooooooooo cute Sonday and I was just too busy to get images
They are hearing the call of the wild - interested in OUTSIDE
They are becoming FALCONS

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 25, 2020, 09:45:19 AM
I wonder how Nova will react when they turn on that fan.  I saw her picking bugs off one of the babies this morning so the gnats must be arriving.  :(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 25, 2020, 12:05:18 PM
Marshmallows is a perfect descriptive name for the all-white stage!

Fan??? What fan???
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 25, 2020, 12:56:27 PM
There is a fan attached to the end of the nestbox in hopes that if the bugs get really bad this year he can turn it on and help the situation.  It's on the right end.  If I can find a picture I'll post it.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 25, 2020, 01:03:15 PM
This is from March 24, 2002 and shows the "screen" the fan it behind over on the right side.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 25, 2020, 03:47:51 PM
What a great idea to include a fan at the GSB nest box! Wish something like that was possible for the BE nests. May I ask, who is the "he" who will turn the fan on? Does someone have to repel to the nest and flip a switch, or is it on a remote somewhere? Or maybe you meant Newman?!?   ;D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 25, 2020, 07:37:09 PM
I wish they would turn it on...lots of gnats on those little guys.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 25, 2020, 07:45:30 PM
I'm sure John is keeping an eye on things.  He loves those little guys.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 26, 2020, 04:12:03 AM
I'm sure John is keeping an eye on things.  He loves those little guys.

Nora, do you know when John / Amy will be banding these kids?
John cleans nestbox and treats it against these gnats -
and they can treat the kids too, poor things
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 27, 2020, 09:18:01 AM
Awesome...they seem to like the fan.  I think it is helping a bit.  Banding this weekend...can't wait to see if these cuties are boys or girls or both.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 27, 2020, 09:56:36 AM
my guess - 2 girls
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 27, 2020, 02:16:08 PM
my guess - 2 girls

I'm going to guess one of each.   :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 27, 2020, 02:34:23 PM
Do they take video of the banding here at GSB?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 27, 2020, 03:19:31 PM
Yes you can find it in facebook
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 28, 2020, 02:03:56 AM
And yes Shep, they will be treating for the black flies when they go down to the nestbox.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 29, 2020, 05:18:26 AM
May 29
Day before bling
Banding May 30

In the past, cam has NOT been LIVE briefly
but video will be available afterward
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 29, 2020, 04:28:21 PM
May 29
Day before bling
Banding May 30

In the past, cam has NOT been LIVE briefly
but video will be available afterward

Thanks Shep! Can't wait to see pics and/or video from John & Amy of the lil ones.   8)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 30, 2020, 06:34:14 AM
May 30  I just watched the implosion!   :)
https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?topic=2591.45

Now I get to watch the banding here!   :)
All the while trying to record the coast to coast terrorism - ugh!   :(

BEFORE the bling
and here's the implosion today
https://youtu.be/DAsxUM5XO1M

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 30, 2020, 11:29:24 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs banding day for lils ❤️❤️❤️

(https://i.gyazo.com/e974e8e5d901e2507ddd162fe954b5ad.gif)

(https://i.gyazo.com/d9ca432ec491a9f15315ec4bfd8f2b36.gif)

(https://i.gyazo.com/9bd32168b88a2e79896ff1d634f360e7.gif)

Brunch at Great Spirit Bluff. Explore.org 30 May 2020
https://youtu.be/RzQIdzcUUuM via arlene beech

Via RRP FB & Explore.org
It is that time of year again for banding! Our schedule is set for banding falcons at Great Spirit Bluff on Saturday May 30th. The ventilation fan is on and we are starting to see black flies showing up after the recent rains. Hopefully our two growing fluff-balls will hang in there and stay in the nest box until then. We will have some repellents on hand as in other years.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 30, 2020, 03:20:08 PM
What a day!
The Richmond nest is a block from the bldg implosion today.
Now midafternoon GSB banding.
While they're banding, the space shuttle took off from Florida!

BE STILL MY HEART!   ;D

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on May 30, 2020, 03:29:30 PM
Kids are blinged!
May 30, 2020
3.30 pm cam is back on, kids huddled in back corner, Parent on perch
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on May 30, 2020, 04:06:36 PM
Great Spirit Bluffs
They are done banding the lil ones, we will find out soon their names and video footage. :)

(https://i.gyazo.com/e8b6bfa3c47b883e57b03ee34d4f7906.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 30, 2020, 04:38:17 PM
I think they are all a bit traumatized.   ;)  Looking forward to the video and names.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on May 30, 2020, 07:57:33 PM
Welcome Floyd and Elise...a boy and a girl!  How sweet! 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 30, 2020, 11:30:52 PM
Elise...
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3fsMvlzW4lF5y-1mltvaO8Ovt_7Pax4KwLR_zHkcESiygdBvODnXFnTP9F6khnNwdwrmp2jTmTxUB1uNXUA148qQkLjp6AcdNGVW7X_s9rn5uykIsGsHbGThI4x5dID1nqAbCFZVMCrBVOCCubkfn7VRw=w1193-h795-no?authuser=0)

Floyd...
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3eKKhORo99dc_hq-NwrNT1y2cX30ZkRNTtMFk0Iu4msPbL2QxoJzNRzr2-8euXCmF7iFNmEROugbjk0zJ4WVRd7a8CUjLxT2boVw-9pzST2Td91SjGreUQpi1Paa-kxl75kfRvGhUKCrDqgyvU0wyMJTA=w1113-h795-no?authuser=0)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 31, 2020, 10:44:27 AM
Floyd and Elise, great names. Who chooses the names?

Do we know if the older chick is the male? And I forget what we are supposed to call these young peregrines.   :-[
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on May 31, 2020, 10:50:02 AM
Renamed the photo posted just now. Is it clear that the screen cap was today (Sunday morning, the 31st) and the banding took place yesterday?  When we know which is the male, I can add the name! 

They are both larger than I would have guessed, a real handful for the bander in other photo.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 31, 2020, 07:00:32 PM
I can't remember which one is older, but Elise was banded first and is the bigger one being a female.  Floyd is the little guy.  I believe it's Elise standing up in this picture.  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on May 31, 2020, 07:01:26 PM
The names were chosen by John Howe's family being the nest box is on the cliff on their property.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 01, 2020, 11:26:54 AM
TY for naming info, Nora. There's a hatching age difference of 2-3 days for the GSBs, which could account for size, too. But I know that the females are bigger as adults. Whatever, they seem healthy and that's the main thing.

At about what age do the kids start self-feeding?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 01, 2020, 07:40:30 PM
This is what I could find with a quick search for now, hope it helps............

Males develop more quickly than females. Females, however, are larger and more powerful when fully grown. In the early weeks after hatching, the female broods the young and feeds them with food brought by the male. As the demands for nourishment increase with their rapid growth, both adults provide food for the young. By age three weeks, eyasses move about the nest site and begin to tear meat from prey brought to them by their parents.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 02, 2020, 03:31:10 PM
Nora, TY muchly for info about development. The eyeasses are moving about the box and at least the larger one is tearing at food now.  Cool.  With their black and white coloring, they look like ghost-pirates to me.

After several years watching the bald eagles at the Decorah nests, I'm really enjoying this new raptor-watching experience.

At a conservation nature center where I volunteer, once a year, local falconers bring their birds and do a presentation and Q&A. Several have peregrines.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on June 02, 2020, 06:45:18 PM
It will get fun when they start grabbing the meat from Nova and running into the corner with it, and then she has to try to grab it back so she can feed.   ;D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 02, 2020, 09:11:15 PM
Prayers for this family tonight during serious storms... cams are offline currently, I wanted to check on them.  :-\
Photo from one hour ago of shelf cloud
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a05252ff8516b17d34166013e57151cbc3287e87ba5ed01e3175f27798ec69a.png)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 03, 2020, 01:48:56 AM
They're pretty protected down there and there's been a lot of lightning, so I'm sure John was protecting the computers.  1:50 AM  I just checked and they're good!  :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 03, 2020, 04:18:09 AM
PEACE on the BLUFF
June 3
Mama Nova with her babies
Their black feathers coming in
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on June 03, 2020, 02:01:11 PM
That was a heck of a storm...thank goodness everyone is safe.  I felt bad for Newman being out there.  Has anyone see him today?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 03, 2020, 09:09:41 PM
I believe this was Newman between 5:30 and 6:00 PM today when he brought in a meal.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3eUxGx0QEonsq7R77iJ6yCoj1Y3AxFdWukEapzDyEOIJTy9ZIoJ2Srv4GknX34aQ907rCnaGaFQkqU4dH3hO7ErVnMg-lSQvPsfpzNikq-bOCQ0GqS9rz4s59hY4amtaTJ0STdiRPjPnh6L0pAoTxu31g=w1020-h574-no?authuser=0)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 04, 2020, 03:02:17 PM
Eyeasses hollering this afternoon. Fluffy Floyd & Elegant Elise.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 04, 2020, 03:56:04 PM
Floyd with his "hands on his hips".  :D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 04, 2020, 09:28:15 PM
Great Spirit Bluffs family ❤️❤️❤️
GSB moon tonight watch 7 second gif...
(https://i.gyazo.com/59b9ea5778e57578a42c200ff71f61fa.gif)

The kids...
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/73b02d34fc8c1e5ddefe81ac0ed2784910c7826717a0b9aed041008d4057c136.png?w=480&h=263)

(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a5cb33d30f27954fe75ae0b70cb35e34a6d180376babb8b6733058e6c1aac14.png?w=480&h=279)
(https://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffiles.explore.org%2Fsn%2F1970%2F8%2F22%2F20200604T224637_1179036.ts.jpg&key=LHx_P8uYfZMmoVUsfF9FqQ&w=480&h=259)

Elise shakin her wings and fluff... "Boom boom shake the room" https://youtu.be/4AVWZwZq_QU
(https://i.gyazo.com/a2f85284ffab4f8fb9d3cc7c7d8e1d55.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 05, 2020, 11:35:47 AM
Great gif of the moon last night. Looked just the same where I live!

The kids are getting a bit of feathers COTB (color other than black) near their beaks.

Has anyone seen Newman since that bad thunderstorm?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on June 06, 2020, 07:33:53 AM
What happened?!   :(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LisaG1967 on June 06, 2020, 09:03:09 AM
What happened?!   :(

TC, it looks like an owl came in an snatched Floyd.   :(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on June 06, 2020, 09:11:08 AM
Maybe they should cover half the front of that box.  Poor Elise is a sitting duck at this point.  She and Nova are traumatized.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LisaG1967 on June 06, 2020, 09:23:41 AM
Maybe they should cover half the front of that box.  Poor Elise is a sitting duck at this point.  She and Nova are traumatized.

I know, poor things!  :(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 06, 2020, 10:51:56 AM
Great Spirit Bluffs Falcons Nova & Newman... Rest in Peace lil Floyd, you are dearly loved and will be missed...  no official announcement yet.  Floyd was taken by an owl last night.  :'( :'( :'(

Fly High & Forever Free little one

Floyds first selfie on banding day...
(https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/100814490_10217916757892787_6546890813333307392_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_sid=0debeb&_nc_oc=AQn4eXoBzChFn1mCJFOIemVhu1eIhk1clvhblEHzOneAUHXqvfsacu3fTtqXu04Cwg4&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=0f29f38dd42a3b62bb5589e8901bb14b&oe=5EF8B2CB)

June 4th photo of Floyd and Elise
(https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/73b02d34fc8c1e5ddefe81ac0ed2784910c7826717a0b9aed041008d4057c136.png?w=480&h=263)

My May 18th post
Nova feeding lils lunch
(https://i.gyazo.com/90dc070e8b13fb6245e6995418b45719.gif)

Nova doing the shimmy shimmy ko ko pop
(https://i.gyazo.com/252b1fe29e8deebf5450580af01967a8.gif)

My post on banding day of the family
Great Spirit Bluffs banding day for lils ❤️❤️❤️
(https://i.gyazo.com/e974e8e5d901e2507ddd162fe954b5ad.gif)


To our lil Floyd, rest in peace lil one ❤️
Little angels with Falcon wings
To fly high and watch over
The nests that we see
And the ones that we never
To soar high in human hearts
And bring peace in our pain
Fly free, little Floyd
Reach for the heavens, fly through the rain
On your Falcon wings so strong
Rejoice with those brave before you
You are our Falcon guardian angel
The love you leave will see us through.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 06, 2020, 11:18:02 AM
What happened?!   :(

TC, it looks like an owl came in an snatched Floyd.   :(
Oh no, not Floyd.  :-X  Fly free little one.  You've probably joined George Floyd that you were standing for.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 06, 2020, 11:50:09 AM
That looked like it was between about 2-2:30 AM?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 06, 2020, 12:34:47 PM
Oh no! So sad for this peregrine family to lose Floyd. Makes us appreciate how difficult it is for birds to raise young. Fingers and toes crossed for Elise to survive.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 06, 2020, 12:47:16 PM
GHO again

June 6
An owl took Floyd
I cant believe how FAST it happened!
Owl approached on our LEFT, 2 kids asleep front left, Nova inside with them.
Nova sees owl jumps up, owl snatch n grab and is gone
Nova had one talon up like a kick boxer!
Nova got her talon caught in poor Elise


From Raptor Resource:
June 6, 2020
We are sorry to announce that falcon Floyd was killed by a Great Horned Owl last night. While GHO predation of peregrine falcons is well-documented, we are always sad to lose a falcon we know. We do not have a way to drive the owls away - the territory is huge, we aren't sure where their nest is, and it would be illegal to disrupt them - but we are working on ways to introduce an inaccessible-to-owls hidey-hole or space that nestlings can safely sleep and shelter in.

Notes, pics Taken off explore
The cliff cam is unusually dark
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 06, 2020, 01:29:46 PM
In a flash, Floyd is gone. So upsetting for those left behind. Elise seemed freaked out mid-morning and didn't feed. Nova sat outside the box most of the morning. Any sightings of Newman?

These screen captures from rewind.

Comforting to know that RRP is working on a safer nest box for next season.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 06, 2020, 05:04:01 PM
Another photo of Nova, perching near the nestbox this afternoon.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 06, 2020, 09:05:52 PM
When I went back and watched it, both huddled right in front of Nova, which made it hard for her to do much defending too.  :-\
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 07, 2020, 12:24:59 PM
Still no sign of Newman since that thunderstorm a few days ago?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on June 07, 2020, 06:11:07 PM
Still no sign of Newman since that thunderstorm a few days ago?

He's around...he was on camera this afternoon sitting on his favorite branch.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 08, 2020, 03:31:15 AM
Elise joins Floyd
... and then there were none ....
June 8
The owl took Elise overnight.   :'(
very well done video off explore ...  very quick, silent
https://youtu.be/Wn5v6R6v-sk

Newman and Nova's first mated year has a sad end.

Birds fly .. over the rainbow ...
Why then o why cant I


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Raleigheagle on June 08, 2020, 06:51:08 AM
That is so hard to watch. After a successful banding, I was so hoping we were going to have a happy ending with a fledge this year. I know its nature, but damn. Having one raptor take another is rough.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on June 08, 2020, 09:16:04 AM
Just checked in for head count, saw empty nest, then the attack on rewind. No parent around.  I guess that's the price for less experienced female.  Hope for success next year.  So sad :'(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 08, 2020, 09:45:39 AM
Nova was in the box overnite before - just not last nite.
I wonder if she was injured.
She was so hesitant to nest in that box.
So many thoughts, feelings....
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 08, 2020, 10:11:51 AM
She may have been close, just not right in the box.  A GHO is a lot of bird for something the size of a peregrine to take on.  So VERY sorry all.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 08, 2020, 10:29:35 AM
So sorry to discover the attack on Elise. The peregrine parents are no match for a Great Horned Owl. Even Nova's presence in the nest box when the GHO attacked and took Floyd didn't prevent it.

Early AM hours, the owl perched on the nest camera housing for a few minutes, then flew away, then came back for the attack. The lives of raptors are not easy, that's for sure.

Let's hope RRP can design a safer nest box for next year.

Photos to remember, and to inspire us all to be vigilant in our own lives.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on June 08, 2020, 03:43:57 PM
I'm just sick about this...my heart aches for these babies.  Nova seemed traumatized and scared and didn't seem to want to spend time in the box after Floyd was taken.  Poor Elise didn't stand a chance.  As it is this box is nothing more than an owl buffet.  I wish something had been done after last year's season.  It isn't right to invite these birds to nest knowing the problem here.  I would rather see the box removed. 
This was my first RRP nest cam, and I've followed it for many years now and made many donations.  But this will be my last year watching GSB if this box remains as is. 
I apologize if any of my words offend...that is not my intent.   
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 08, 2020, 04:35:07 PM
Rewinding to mid-late morning, Newman the male is at the nest box, calling and calling. Really sad to hear.

For six or so years, I've been watching the Decorah bald eagle nests, and they have tragedies, too, but the parents are so much larger and better able to protect the young birds, even from occasional owl attacks.

This is the first year I've watched a peregrine nest, and it's heartbreaking to witness the loss of all four eggs-hatchlings-eyasses, the last two to owl predation. I agree that the nest box is much too exposed. If money is the drawback to improved design and placement, I hope RRP will do a fundraising and let all the chatters know. We are generous people who care deeply about raptors and their safety.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 08, 2020, 06:08:35 PM
This hasn't been a common problem and there are other nest boxes on the cliffs.  Apparently there is going to be trouble here because the GHO may have a nest around somewhere in the area and you can't do anything to them..........the box design IS going to be worked on before next year.  I wonder where Nova & Newman were while the owl was sitting on the cam.........................  :-\  Usually raccoons have been a problem at different sites and they've done things to keep them away.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on June 08, 2020, 06:56:59 PM
I would never ever want anything done to the owls.  They are doing what they do.  Even tho they don't use the same nest from year to year, they will stay in the territory.  The fact that there was an owl predation issue last year on this box was a big red flag.  The chance of it not happening again was very low.  And it happened almost the exact same time...right after the babies were big enough to band. 

Nova seemed very reluctant to be in the box after the attack on Floyd.  Even during the day she seemed nervous being in there.  Newman, bless his heart, doesn't seem to provide much muscle in such a situation...he was the same way with Michelle.  But they are just no match for that GHO anyway.  I hope Nova stays out of that box now especially at night.   

I've seen plenty of heartbreak on different nests for different reasons...it's nature.  But to think that maybe the GHO's wouldn't come back this year... :( 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: horseylvr on June 08, 2020, 08:46:10 PM
I am so saddened by the loss of Floyd and Elise.  I equate this to my bluebird house and the rat snakes that would get past the predator guards and eat the babies. Though not the same, obviously. After it happened twice, I was traumatized and felt an obligation to keep the babies safe. We then created a better predator guard that worked. Snakes need to eat too, but there are frogs and mice for that. Not my bluebirds! Again, certainly different circumstance, but if the nest can't be safe, thus successful...

The peregrines coming back to the cliffs was a dream of Bob Anderson's. I know RRP is as devastated as we are and will figure out a way for the nest to be successful again.

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on June 08, 2020, 09:40:35 PM
Rest in Peace sweet girl Elise.   :'( :'( :'( You were loved and will be missed! Fly high and free lil one!  I took this capture yesterday of Elise wingersizing.  :'(
(https://i.gyazo.com/d7e43e1989f0753b0e6ce9014a676b4a.gif)

Elise showing off her beauty and shiny new bracelets
(https://i.gyazo.com/926f26a010c2c96d2d3c47b618c013ce.gif)

Elise with Mom Nova yesterday
(https://i.gyazo.com/ad8306379187c64a03df00d79efbbfeb.gif)

Newman today
(https://i.gyazo.com/7680cc9e5892dc754c1a1639c1a73277.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 08, 2020, 11:20:51 PM
Thanks for the link from Explore Shep.  Did anyone else see a flash on the right side of the screen at about 1 min. 11 seconds?  Wondered if it was Newman or Nova.  That owl had really been looking around and that was shortly before it took off from the cam.  Might have been a moth.  :-[
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 09, 2020, 02:59:58 AM
Did anyone else see a flash on the right side of the screen at about 1 min. 11 seconds

It was Bob. He prepared a home for them all on his side.   ;)

I speculate Nova was hurt - not enuf to catch her and treat her - but too much to defend her young.  I have thot this is her first breeding year.  No way to know.  She appeared to prefer cliffside or under Rock Ledge Diner. She was suspicious of the box.... as if she knew.  No matter what RRP does with the box - would Nova ever use it again?  Her babies were right in the front - easy pickings.

Owls simply dont like other raptors in their territory.  The Decorah owl will attack the eagle - before eggs are even laid.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 10, 2020, 12:05:40 PM
Nice idea about Bob.  :)

"Owls simply dont like other raptors in their territory.  The Decorah owl will attack the eagle - before eggs are even laid." 

A lot of times they will try to steal the nest before eggs are laid because they don't usually build their own. "Great Horned Owls typically nest in trees such as cottonwood, juniper, beech, pine, and others. They usually adopt a nest that was built by another species, but they also use cavities in live trees, dead snags, deserted buildings, cliff ledges, and human-made platforms."

"Great Horned Owls prey on a huge variety of creatures, including raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, domestic birds, falcons, and other owls. They regularly eat skunks, and may be the only animal with such an appetite. They sometimes hunt for smaller game by standing or walking along the ground."
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 10, 2020, 01:34:45 PM
Would Nova and Newman attempt to start another clutch of eggs this late in the year? They are nearby the nest box. My first year watching, so I don't know much about peregrines.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 10, 2020, 02:42:53 PM
Would Nova and Newman attempt to start another clutch of eggs this late in the year? They are nearby the nest box. My first year watching, so I don't know much about peregrines.

Its highly doubtful they will re-clutch - too late.
If she does - she'll nest under Rock Ledge

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 12, 2020, 08:33:16 AM
Thanks very much to whoever updated the webcam page for GSB.

Hoping for a safe nest box for next year.

Take care, forum participants, be healthy y'all.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: dskyyksd on June 14, 2020, 10:46:45 AM
I've seen GHO's shut down an osprey nest every year at the Hog Island site.  Every year, they wait until the babies are almost fledging age so they get a bigger meal out of it.  This year, they've attacked and disrupted the incubation process to the point the eggs probably won't hatch.  With no campers in the vicinity of the nest because of you-know-what, there's little to deter the attacks.  Probably best the eggs don't hatch. :-\ 

All of a falcon's ferocity is in the air.  It's always interesting to see pictures of them perched on the ground, peacefully coexisting there with other birds that'll get bagged for dinner if they make the mistake of flying away while the falcon is still there.  Nova was no match for that owl and it could have taken her instead if it had wanted to.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on June 14, 2020, 11:20:14 AM
The GHO was on the cliff overnight...he's huge!  And then he flew over and perched on the cliff cam housing. 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: pefgirl on June 14, 2020, 02:16:05 PM
Would Nova and Newman attempt to start another clutch of eggs this late in the year? They are nearby the nest box. My first year watching, so I don't know much about peregrines.

Peregrines will only reclutch another set of eggs if they lose their first set within the first clutch 10-12 days into incubation.  Any loses after that, the birds won't re-clutch.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 15, 2020, 03:04:10 AM
ADD INSULT to INJURY!
June 15 at 2.53 am
GHO on cliff .. OMG! ... Its in the nestbox!
He walked around inside nestbox
Owlmart is empty! Go away!
https://youtu.be/BOjAAUUFGr0


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on June 15, 2020, 09:04:37 AM
Shep, you got it right that the peregrine pantry is empty. GHOs have to eat, too, but still it's awful to remember the eyasses meeting such an early death. And that open nest boxes are an invitation to predation.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 15, 2020, 12:57:20 PM
It looked like the owl was being pretty cautious before it went in there.  It was definitely keeping an eye out for being attacked.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on June 15, 2020, 02:18:23 PM
I hope Mrs. Owl isn't thinking about using it next year.   :(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on June 19, 2020, 03:54:20 PM
Mrs. Owl was checking out the box again last night. 
Owls can pick their nests early...sometimes Jan. or Feb....our pefas might be out of luck when they show up in late Feb. 
I guess we'll have an owl cam then.   ;)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 19, 2020, 08:58:33 PM
Well it's nowhere near Jan. or Feb.  Maybe just checking it out because of what it found there previously?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on June 20, 2020, 04:59:29 AM
Soaking wet Nova
She & Newman had a meetup under Rock Ledge Diner

Image off explore
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on June 20, 2020, 12:15:19 PM
 That's one wet bird.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 02, 2020, 07:53:53 AM
July 2
Fledgling swallows below our falcon nest
LOOKOUT LIL GUYZ!

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on July 04, 2020, 11:35:27 AM
Happy Independence Day everyone. Celebrate our Nation's holiday in a safe way. Hope to see you back here in the fall.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on July 11, 2020, 08:12:45 PM
Has anyone seen Nova in the past week?  I'm wondering if she left the area.   
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 12, 2020, 07:31:15 AM
Newman and Lady Nova
July 12, 2020
7.30 am

I dont think they go south til late Sept

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on July 16, 2020, 04:23:16 PM
Lunch time at GSB found one of the peregrines dining on a black bird, possibly grackle. I saw only black feathers, none with the red/yellow RWBB markings. What do you think?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on July 16, 2020, 06:27:47 PM
Newman and Lady Nova
July 12, 2020
7.30 am

I dont think they go south til late Sept

Of course since I posted the question she's been on camera every day.   ;D  She's such a pretty falcon.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 19, 2020, 10:10:14 AM
July 19, 2020  SONday
The largest barge I've seen!

Tugs broke it twice
took part 1 thru lock
got part 2
part 3 was left

Its not all thru lock yet

If cam goes back there I'll take another shot


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 19, 2020, 03:34:23 PM
July 19, 2020  SONday
The largest barge I've seen!
Maybe tugs broke it 4 times - unsure

so glad cam op finally went back to the barge!
I didnt time it but it took a long time
at least 3 tugs - mighta been more

ON HIS WAY!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on July 19, 2020, 04:32:50 PM
Always something interesting to watch from these live cams, even when the birds are elsewhere.

About the barge, I'm guessing that you do not mean "broke" as damaged, but separated into shorter sections that fit in the lock. Correct?

My hometown is on the Mississippi also. And we have eagles near Alton, IL, where there are locks.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 19, 2020, 04:53:37 PM
yes - separated - oops
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on July 28, 2020, 01:47:37 PM
Tuesday morning, 6:00 or so, Adult Peregrine perched on the bluff, probably Newman. A bit later, with a small black bird for breakfast, grackle or RWBB male, or what else is all black and that size?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 28, 2020, 03:07:06 PM
starling
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on July 28, 2020, 05:10:14 PM
Not a starling -- they are speckled and have yellow legs, feet, and beak, see pics. They often travel in big flocks with grackles though.
I'm leaning toward an immature grackle -- all black, including legs, feet, and beak.
No sign of the red/yellow wing feathers of a RWBB. Purple martins aren't so black.

Doesn't really matter, it was a good meal.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on July 30, 2020, 03:38:02 PM
About 6 AM, bird for breakfast. About 7 AM both peregrines visited the nest box together, just for a minute. The male was perched on the bluff and preening at 3 PM.

I'm guessing that the white-breasted one with the dark face is the male, Newman. Didn't get a good look at the other bird, again guessing Nova. Would they still be paired up at this time of year? They were twittering and clucking at the nest box, not like competition.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on July 30, 2020, 04:46:20 PM
busy barge day July 30
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on August 04, 2020, 02:35:53 AM
Not a starling -- they are speckled and have yellow legs, feet, and beak, see pics. They often travel in big flocks with grackles though.
I'm leaning toward an immature grackle -- all black, including legs, feet, and beak.
No sign of the red/yellow wing feathers of a RWBB. Purple martins aren't so black.

Doesn't really matter, it was a good meal.
Grackles have long tails too depending what kind.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on August 04, 2020, 11:46:45 AM
Hey Nora, yes, some grackles have really long tails. Starlings don't have much of a tail at all. Shep and I were trying to determine what the smallish all-black black bird was as a meal. Just something to pass the time!!

The GSB peregrine pair has been around quite often. Beautiful birds. I read that they migrate in early fall. Would they be non-territorial now? I've been supposing that it is Newman and Nova, but could be other Ps perhaps.

The website links are frozen shut, so cannot look for info here. The other RRP sites in Decorah have been wonky also.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on August 04, 2020, 04:54:27 PM
with prey early morning, likely a Baltimore oriole, what do you think?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on August 05, 2020, 07:35:56 PM
I bet it is, it's big enough. :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 15, 2020, 09:42:51 AM
August 15, 2020
That doesnt look like a normal barge
what is it - whats it for?

Cam panned AWAY just before went into lock DANG IT!   >:(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Nora in IA on August 17, 2020, 12:50:27 AM
I think I saw it leaving...........sorry I hadn't kept any shots of it.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on August 17, 2020, 02:24:37 PM
Does anyone here know if RRP has a plan to make this nest box owl-proof for next season?  Seems like "tying a goat to a tree and waiting for the tiger" the way it is now and what happened this spring to the two hatchlings.  Peregrines are on the protected list, so I wonder if there's grant money available for such an endeavor.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on August 18, 2020, 07:54:18 PM
I referred to it as an owl buffet a couple pages back, so I agree with your description.
There was a little talk about doing something to it...don't know what.  I think a lot of people would be glad to donate specifically to fund box alterations if funds are needed...I know I would.  I'd rather see the box removed if nothing is done. 
Carson was the miracle last year...if he hadn't jumped he would have been taken too.   
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 19, 2020, 06:51:55 AM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ACtC-3eUxGx0QEonsq7R77iJ6yCoj1Y3AxFdWukEapzDyEOIJTy9ZIoJ2Srv4GknX34aQ907rCnaGaFQkqU4dH3hO7ErVnMg-lSQvPsfpzNikq-bOCQ0GqS9rz4s59hY4amtaTJ0STdiRPjPnh6L0pAoTxu31g=w1020-h574-no?authuser=0)

(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2634.0;attach=524196;image)

August 19, 2020
PLEASE allow me to babble a bit.
I see no way to owlify the nestbox.
Nova shows great reluctance to enter the box at all, tho she perchs by it.  In fact she didnt want to go inside from Day One, as if she knew.

Nova Lady has shown preference for the natural cliffs all along.

Perhaps cam(s) could be set to film in the Rock Ledge Diner -
 - which goes around to the hiway side too.

In my non-bird mind, that'd be safer from the owl than the box.

I dont want any more owl-snatchs of our babies!

Think about it.

(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2634.0;attach=524142;image)

(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2634.0;attach=524126;image)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on August 19, 2020, 12:07:57 PM
Horrifying pics, Shep. I remember the nights the babies were attacked.

If the idea is to increase the Peregrine population along the Mississippi River bluffs, this nest box is not the answer. Owls  are smart, and they will likely remember easy meals next spring.

Like you, I'd rather see the nest box removed than have it be a feeding station for owls.

Is there a Peregrine Falcon society that might have experience with owl-proofing nest boxes?

Maybe a contribution and a request letter to John & Amy would encourage the right kind of change here at GSB.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 19, 2020, 12:52:34 PM
My friend, all who follow GSB have seen these pics before.
The owl has known about this box for several years.
I took a snip of it INSIDE the box checking it out several years ago.

I think Michelle fought the owl, but someone else needs to post that.
My memory about it isnt clear.

This box cam has filmed a lot of history for study.

I AM ABSOLUTELY SURE Amy has been contacted many times about this.
The RRP family are likely discussing it.
They are very dedicated to the falcons.

They will not mess with the nestbox until the falcons have flown south -
likely October

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on August 19, 2020, 04:15:13 PM
Thank you, Shep. It's good to be reminded that RRP is aware and that "we the public" have been asking for improvements.  Since they won't do anything about this location until the falcons head south later this fall, there's time to compose a compelling letter to accompany another donation. Not that my words will be any more compelling than anyone else's.

Here's one pic from my archive this year.  So upsetting, so unnecessary.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on August 19, 2020, 04:35:39 PM
Its still heart breaking to me when Lady Nova perchs on box perch extension and looks inside.

I dunno how long a birds memory is
I dunno if she is remembers her lost young
 - or her terror she couldnt defend them
but I remember
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on August 29, 2020, 10:51:19 AM
One of the peregrines perched at the nest box about 8 AM, probably Newman. I have learned so much about these falcons during the nesting season & after this year.  Thanks to the Forum members for information and encouragement.

Decorah nest cameras are being turned off today. This one, too?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 01, 2020, 07:04:26 AM
Sept 1, 2020
I thot this was particularly poignant.
Both birds dressed in Fall orange breasts instead of sparkling white


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on September 01, 2020, 12:29:45 PM
Shep, a wonderful photo of this pair.  I've been wondering if the orangey feathers are seasonal. Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on September 06, 2020, 04:55:17 PM
Nova and Newman today. Did I get the IDs correct?
Nova has dark vertical lines on her breast feathers; Newman has no dark vertical lines on his peachy breast.

Eeeew, the prey was still alive until . . . that's why we call them birds of prey and not scavengers.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on September 07, 2020, 08:12:33 AM
Nova and Newman today. Did I get the IDs correct?


Yes, your ID's are correct.   :)
I do wish they were vegetarians.   ;D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 07, 2020, 09:30:01 AM
Sept 7
About 6 am or so there was an odd barge.
I wanted to take a pic when it went thru the lock but alas, cam op wasnt interested.
I did get this pic

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on September 07, 2020, 05:12:45 PM
TC, the gory bits get to me sometimes, too. But nature's balance would be "off" if there were no predators to keep the prey species on their toes and as healthy as they can be. When the wolves returned to Yellowstone, the elk herd became better, and even the trees and bushes recovered from overgrazing.

Mantra for Labor Day & beyond, "Wear a mask, starve the virus."
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 07, 2020, 06:27:49 PM
news lies
the virus died months ago
this crap will end Nov 4
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 08, 2020, 03:16:51 AM
5.30 pm Sept 7
Thats the corner where Michele and Travis kids played. One of that brood was Jonathan. How young is this bird? Any markings look familiar to anyone? Is it migrating?  My guess Newman escorted him out.

Lizzy G Eaglespirit
https://youtu.be/ZXMKQQjkDBU

HISTORY TIME

2013  The year all 4 fludged & survived
Jonathan, Mandy, Stolt and screamin Toni liked that corner at the top of the cliff.  They played there.  They were so fun to watch.  Bob got Stolt & Jonathan mixed up! Haha!  He didnt check the band number!

I bet some of you have those pics

1 pic off explore, 1 off video
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on September 10, 2020, 08:26:09 AM
Carson liked to sit up there too.  I've got a series of pics of Carson sitting there screaming as a P flies up from behind and around the ledge...just beautiful. 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on September 17, 2020, 06:24:26 PM
The more I look at that intruder pic the more I think it just might be Carson.  I wish I could figure out how to post one of my screenshots here but they are in png format.

Does anyone know if the cam has been turned off?  Seems early but...
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 17, 2020, 06:45:13 PM
the cliff cam's had problems today - but is live some of the time

Be fun if Carson showed up.
That'd mean Nova chased him off.
Newman'd recognize him

___
Explore banned me a week ago. I can no longer post anything there.
My assumption is they are run by Satanists.
I posted a FACT - wildfires are being started by arsonists.
They are being caught in the act of setting wildfires out in PNW.
Censorship has become a very serious problem in America sadly.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on September 18, 2020, 10:43:49 AM
Hey, TCR, you can submit photos in png format.  :D
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on September 22, 2020, 09:56:34 AM
Sept 22
Cam op had an eye for Autumn beauty

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Ginger52 on September 23, 2020, 12:53:56 PM
the cliff cam's had problems today - but is live some of the time

Be fun if Carson showed up.
That'd mean Nova chased him off.
Newman'd recognize him

___
Explore banned me a week ago. I can no longer post anything there.
My assumption is they are run by Satanists.
I posted a FACT - wildfires are being started by arsonists.
They are being caught in the act of setting wildfires out in PNW.
Censorship has become a very serious problem in America sadly.

RRP and Explore are in partnership to stream the RRP cams.  I suggest you respect that and if you've got negative thoughts about Explore you NOT post them here on RRP's Forum.  Respect.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on October 08, 2020, 12:30:34 PM
Looks like our birds have flown the coop for the year.  Godspeed little friends...hope to see you in the Spring.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 09, 2020, 08:36:35 AM
Oct 9, 2020
Thanks cam op - BEAUTIFUL

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 11, 2020, 08:57:36 AM
TRAFFIC JAM
at the lock n dam!
Oct 11, 2020
Thanks cam op

Two barges are there.  A second barge came as the first was transiting

BUSY DAY


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 26, 2020, 02:34:34 PM
Juvie eagle
Oct 26, 2020
Good job cam op

Snow - and its not even November

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on October 27, 2020, 04:41:42 PM
Shep, thanks for the fall color pics. Gorgeous this year.  Where do the GSB falcons go for the winter, do you know?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 28, 2020, 02:58:46 AM
Shep, Where do the GSB falcons go for the winter, do you know?

Some say South America- I dont know,
they dont send me their itinery!   8)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Raleigheagle on October 28, 2020, 02:23:09 PM
Great catch by the camera operators. This was along the bluff between the locks and the I94 bridge.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 28, 2020, 03:50:00 PM
falcons in summer
eagles in winter
we are lucky
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Raleigheagle on October 29, 2020, 08:08:04 AM
We are lucky indeed. I visit that area every spring for ten days of fishing. I love being able to not only follow the nests, but keep up with the changing conditions throughout the year. Hoping things in our country don't change too much after next week. The spring fishing trip has been a tradition for almost 40 years now.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on October 29, 2020, 11:02:21 PM
Great Horned Owls visited the nest-box around 7PM.  Cam op did a good job with the pair.  Didn't care too much for the female going IN the nest-box but got a kick out of its hoots reverberating on my speakers.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Raleigheagle on October 30, 2020, 06:45:02 AM
That was an interesting visit by the great horned owls to the box. I wonder if they're scouting nesting sites? I would think the box designed for the falcons would be too small, but who knows? That's why the RRP cameras are so educational and fun.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on October 30, 2020, 07:05:09 AM
Speaking of nest-box being too small for GHOs, did you notice the female bumping its head on the ceiling as it hopped out?  :) :) :o
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Raleigheagle on October 30, 2020, 07:45:07 AM
I did notice that :)
Seeing those two prompted me to do a little research on Great Horned owl nesting habits. Seems they will use boxes, and open nests. They often will occupy abandoned Red Tail Hawk nests. I don't like seeing them around the falcon box, but I sure like hearing them outside my window at night.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on October 30, 2020, 08:38:28 AM
A few years back I had the cam up before dawn,
I saw a GHO INSIDE the nest box then.
I posted the pic here on RRP
The former female falcon fended off a GHO
I will be surprised if Nova nests inside box next year

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on November 03, 2020, 07:42:45 AM
GHO at the nest box again early this morning.  They would not find this box to be too small for nesting.   :(
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Raleigheagle on November 03, 2020, 01:45:59 PM
If that's the case, I hope the GHO go ahead and use the box, and our falcon pair find a safer nesting spot.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on November 03, 2020, 03:00:19 PM
If that's the case, I hope the GHO go ahead and use the box, and our falcon pair find a safer nesting spot.

I AGREE!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on November 12, 2020, 07:52:16 AM
Any info on the new nestbox/redesign of the existing nestbox?  I would assume they would want to do it before the winter weather sets in. 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: johoward on November 12, 2020, 07:53:40 AM
Who can tell me what the many white birds on the water are?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on November 12, 2020, 12:36:38 PM
the big ones are pelicans and tundra swans I think.  Time for Finn to weigh in! ;)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: johoward on November 13, 2020, 07:28:52 AM
Thanks for your answer.  I think swans from what I see and know of this latitude.  I have always lived near the great lakes and have never seen a pelican here.  I have always thought of them being more southerly, but could be I guess.  Wish I did not have to guess.  Wish I could just take a ride over there and see them first hand.  Thanks again and have a good day.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Raleigheagle on November 13, 2020, 07:38:53 AM
The white pelicans are very common on the flyway, especially in the fall. I usually travel to that area each spring, and also see them at that time. They seem to be much more numerous during the fall migration though.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: johoward on November 13, 2020, 09:10:48 PM
Well I stand informed.  White Pelicans it is.  Thank you again.  Maybe I will see them in the spring on my way to Ely MN. If I can get a vaccination for covid.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on November 27, 2020, 04:03:19 AM
Nov 27, 2020
I still see barges, river not frozen yet
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on December 01, 2020, 05:16:01 PM
A couple of RRP cam sunsets tonight... enjoy!!!


Decorah
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Decorah a few minutes later...
(https://i.gyazo.com/38669d78f2b5f491a37e5acca94dbfbf.gif)

DNN
(https://i.gyazo.com/7addfda1e7f7717bbd9744c089d90898.gif)

GSB
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Mississippi Flyway
(https://i.gyazo.com/ced1554080e91f76523f866f4a260692.gif)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on December 02, 2020, 06:49:02 AM
O WOW - AWESOME!
RRP cams over the Mississippi December 1 caught LOTS n LOTS of bald eagles all together in a tree!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on December 17, 2020, 09:25:44 AM
Ice on the Mississippi
Dec 17, 2020
Eagles were standing on it - wish I'd sseen them land!

Turn sound UP - HILARIOUS!
https://youtu.be/VY6aBSj3Cq0

CHRISTmas music - beautiful
https://youtu.be/Gk7c5GJUGBs
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Raleigheagle on December 18, 2020, 06:28:42 AM
There's some video of some Juvie Eagles on the ice from the GSB camera. One of them lands during the video. They handle the landing on ice much better than those mallards :)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on December 18, 2020, 07:45:29 AM
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RRP CAM OPS
Will you be able to catch the CHRISTmas Star December 21 Monday?
I have no idea where it will be in relation to your cams

✡️  December 21 Rare Christmas Star will light up the sky
NASA officials say this great conjunction won?t be seen again until 2080

🌟 Saturn and Jupiter coming together this year to form the Bethlehem Star.
This hasn?t been witnessed for 800 years.
https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2020/12/03/rare-christmas-star-will-light-up-the-sky-on-winter-solstice/
https://www.dnaindia.com/science/news-star-of-bethlehem-know-all-about-christmas-star-that-will-light-up-december-sky-for-first-time-in-800-years-2860032
https://gab.com/Shepherd/posts/105366728870385062
https://gab.com/ClassicHistory/posts/105311639729566581
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on December 20, 2020, 06:06:53 PM
GHO   :o
Dec 20 at 6 pm
The owl and the rat
Guess where its at

Look to the skies tonite, in the morning
The Christmas Star

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LisaG1967 on December 24, 2020, 06:21:26 AM
GHO in the nest box at 6:18am this morning.
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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on December 24, 2020, 12:56:53 PM
GHOs have a right to live, too. But this watcher will not be watching in 2021 unless the nest box gets made owl-proof. It was too heartbreaking to watch the peregrine chicks taken by owls in 2020, my first year of watching this location. So, once again, RRP, please do something protective about this nest box if it's possible to prevent owl predation. If the answer is no, then please remove the box. If the cost is not in your budget, I'm confident that many watchers and chatters would contribute to a special fund. What say you, John and Amy?
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: TCRaptorLover on December 25, 2020, 08:09:24 AM
I agree.
I've watched this box for years...it was my first RRP nest cam.  I had thought there were plans in the works to remodel this box. 
I can't get the picture out of my head of the owl sitting on the mic knowing what was to come.  I know this is nature but it if something can be done why not try it?  If all the eaglets can be rescued and rehabbed why can't a pefa nestbox be possibly made safer?  Poor Newman...and I can't see Nova laying eggs here again, if she returns at all. 
If you're going to invite them to come, please don't make then sitting ducks. 
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on December 25, 2020, 11:34:24 AM
TCR, your last line says it all. "If you're going to invite them to come, please don't make them sitting ducks."

Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday today or whenever you celebrate special days in early winter.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on December 25, 2020, 06:11:53 PM
GHO FAMILY FOR 2021?
Dec 25, 2020
Male GHO inside box evidently calling his mate to come nest here.
It'd be fun to have an owl nest here!
It'd solve the problem of owls taking falcon chicks


Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on December 26, 2020, 07:55:28 AM
GHO FAMILY
Dec 26, 2020
The female was lying in the box around 6 am or so today
I dont know if the female was in the box all night or not.
Did she lay her egg?  willl she nest there?
The male isnt so sure about this

I'd love to see them nest there
I dont believe there's a way to make it safe for falcons

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on December 26, 2020, 11:01:14 AM
Shep, best idea yet for the GHOs to nest in the falcon box!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Raleigheagle on December 30, 2020, 08:27:48 AM
Eagle party on the ice below the damn this morning. A lot of action with the eagles swooping down to collect the stunned fish coming through the locks.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LisaG1967 on December 30, 2020, 09:34:01 AM
Eagle party on the ice below the damn this morning. A lot of action with the eagles swooping down to collect the stunned fish coming through the locks.

Great pic, Raleigh!
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: shep on December 31, 2020, 05:20:13 AM
(https://www.raptorresource.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2634.0;attach=534305;image)

Happy New Year
Dec 31, 2020   New Year's Eve dawn
About 5 am I saw the male owl at the tip of the cliff edge hooting
She responded.  I watched where he'd go and he went around nestbox to the other side of Rock Ledge Diner.  Then I heard the 2 of them together.  She may be nesting down under the nestbox

Too bad a cam cant be rigged under there!  ;D
Today the male was the SAME spot as I pictured him Dec 26

* Lock n Dam has no n - that'd be a different dam   8)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: Raleigheagle on December 31, 2020, 06:00:40 AM
Its still 2020 Shep. I meant to spell dam that way ;)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on December 31, 2020, 09:57:03 AM
Sleeping coyotes for a Happy New Year's Eve!  Thanks cam op.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LisaG1967 on December 31, 2020, 02:13:10 PM
Sleeping coyotes for a Happy New Year's Eve!  Thanks cam op.

eburg - Got a pic for ya  :)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50784494426_f7180ba7a8_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: eburgbirdwtchr on December 31, 2020, 02:29:00 PM
Thanks Lisa!  Interesting...always thought coyotes had dens for winter camping!   :) ;)
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LisaG1967 on December 31, 2020, 03:12:45 PM
Thanks Lisa!  Interesting...always thought coyotes had dens for winter camping!   :) ;)

You're welcome.   :)

Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on December 31, 2020, 03:17:18 PM
Coyote pair have been having a lazy day since mid-morning, and they are still there at 3PM (live just before this post).

First pic shows their location, near the highway, kinda straight down from the nest box site. See 2 tiny dots at the bottom of the yellow line on the pic. There they are when the cam op zooms in.

In one pic (noon), one coyote is standing. Just behind on the rewind, there might be a den opening. They nap and rouse, nap and rouse, just gathering in the sunshine.

Lovely to enjoy on this last (finally) day of 2020.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on December 31, 2020, 03:28:09 PM
Great captures of coyotes today Lisa & STLBF!  Thanks for heads up eburg!!!  In my gif they look like foxes but in the close ups you can tell they are coyotes.  :-[

GSB today... napping coyotes
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Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: STLbf on December 31, 2020, 03:39:31 PM
Lori, Thanks for the gif. If you Google "Coyote vs Fox" you'll see that foxes have black edgings on their ears and lots more white around the face & chest.  These coyotes blend in perfectly with the fallen leaves.
Title: Re: Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, Dresbach, MN
Post by: LORIDAVIS on December 31, 2020, 03:42:41 PM
Lori, Thanks for the gif. If you Google "Coyote vs Fox" you'll see that foxes have black edgings on their ears and lots more white around the face & chest.  These coyotes blend in perfectly with the fallen leaves.

Thanks STL ;)  On my tiny screen with my gif it looks like the black part is the tail and tips of ears and red also... but my graphic card needs updated drivers, the colors are wrong... lol ;)