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SAI_Peregrinus

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #225 on: May 16, 2021, 10:06:47 AM »

I just call them cliff swallows - it fits them.
2021 fledglings - totally adorable
Doesnt seem the falcons eat them

Except that "Cliff Swallow" is already the common name of a rather different swallow species.

Compare to the Northern Rough-Winged Swallow.

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #226 on: May 16, 2021, 11:05:00 AM »

Yes a difference.  I was thinking cliff swallow until I saw the name Northern Rough-Winged and looked them up being it was new to me.

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #227 on: May 16, 2021, 09:41:26 PM »

Swallow ID is easy if you get a good look at them (front and back). Unfortunately they rarely sit still long enough to get a good look at them!

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #228 on: May 17, 2021, 03:00:06 AM »

Barges backed up along the Mississippi River
May 17, 2021  Trains too?
On page 15 I posted a link to an article on the I-40 bridge shutdown over the river.  They fear it will fall into the river.  Sonday I saw 3 barges, 1 downriver and 2 upriver.  2 were 16 car barges, then the 5.30 pm barge I saw going north only had 3 puny cars!  As if someone took a big bite out of it.  We can go to Mars but we cant shore up a bridge?  Gimme a break.

Even a long freight train stood still a long time on the track!  What gives?

This is serious!  You who pray, start praying - before we re-experience the Great TP Shortage again!
I did a long write up here
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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #229 on: May 17, 2021, 06:40:48 AM »

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #230 on: May 18, 2021, 12:31:12 PM »

May 18  noon
I snapped this 15 car barge going UP river.
It wasnt long before a 5 car barge came down river.

15 is too big!  The Ever Given of the 'sippi   ;D
 (that ships still in suez)

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #231 on: May 19, 2021, 02:54:55 PM »

May 19  3 pm
15 car barge coming downriver
 accompanied by a tug like a seeing eye dog   ;D
A very very long freight train was heading north but was complete before the barge got where I wanted to snap it



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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #232 on: May 19, 2021, 05:03:33 PM »

It always fascinates me how they steer those and get them into small spaces.  "See eye dog"  ;D

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #233 on: May 20, 2021, 06:09:22 AM »

May 20
6 am  12 car barge heads downrivers

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #234 on: May 21, 2021, 02:33:32 PM »

Did anyone else here the noised when Zooey returned to the nestbox at 2:30 PM today (Friday)?

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #235 on: May 21, 2021, 03:29:14 PM »

weird whining noise?
I thot I did
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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #236 on: May 21, 2021, 06:50:33 PM »

May 21
12 car barge heading upriver
2 trains - never saw that before
Saw an eagle soaring along too - missed it in the shot
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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #237 on: May 21, 2021, 07:38:48 PM »

A busy day down there.......

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #238 on: May 22, 2021, 10:25:36 AM »

GSB barges May 22
4 am barge heads upriver SLOWLY - too dark to count how many cars
5.30 am  2 trains again, it must relate to the I-40 bridge closed, 1 train waits, 1 crawls very slowly past

2 barges pass each other just north of here
9.45 am  16 car barge heading upriver - looks like a sidecar coffin. 😎

10  am  Another barge downriver - THATs CLOSE!  They musta met at the bend.

6 pm  A 12 car barge coming downriver

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #239 on: May 22, 2021, 06:04:36 PM »

Love the river scenes, especially with the bridge.

They're sure keeping those eggs right down front!  I could just barely see the top of one.
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