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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #570 on: September 09, 2021, 01:09:10 PM »

Do peregrines lose their defensiveness about territory before they migrate in the fall? If so, these could be other falcons than the regular pair.
  I think some do and some don't.  I saw a post recently of a female that will take on anyone that comes near the nest box whether it's nesting time or not.
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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #571 on: September 09, 2021, 03:40:40 PM »

I've had the feeling there is a 3rd falcon around Elk River nestbox - but without sound I cant be sure.  Breezy is still there.  Remember she was the offspring of RRP King plant.  I miss King and Sherco
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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #572 on: September 09, 2021, 05:27:38 PM »

STL, I am not sure whether this has anything to do with your discussions on an intruder at GSB.  I saw this while browsing you tube last week.  You are probably already aware of it but here is the link posted 8-31.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeXhDSrCmg8

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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #573 on: September 09, 2021, 05:37:56 PM »

Z is hyper territorial
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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #574 on: September 09, 2021, 07:07:48 PM »

Thanks, Jaspurr for the link. Interesting for the cam ops to try to follow these lightning-fast birds in flight!   

The date and time are a bit confusing. Is it an old video from May? Take a look at the posting and you'll see what I mean. 

If it occurred AUG 31, 2021, I was not watching at that time, so wasn't aware of an intruder. There certainly was screaming and hollering going on, and lots of excited flying. 

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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #575 on: September 10, 2021, 02:16:23 AM »

Could be STL, you tube has a habit of posting old videos under new dates. 

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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #576 on: September 10, 2021, 11:55:25 AM »

Jaspurr, Thanks for the tip about YouTube posting old videos. Always wise to look carefully at dates and times. 

Couple "live" pics of probably Newman and Zooey around the nest box site on their favorite perches today.  Highlights have also been on at GSB this morning.

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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #577 on: September 10, 2021, 12:28:28 PM »

Lotta migrating birds on the flyway cam.
Nice pic someone posted of a pair of 4 year old eagles.
Its not so unusual for them to pair up at 4 altho 5 is the norm.

Lotta sandhill cranes and pelicans - n a raccoon

AWESOME shot of bird / moon  :D

https://www.explore.org/livecams/birds/mississippi-river-flyway-cam

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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #578 on: September 11, 2021, 12:54:33 PM »

GSB camera is still turned on, and a good place to watch nature on this 20-year anniversary of the awfulness we humans can inflict on each other.

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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #579 on: September 12, 2021, 11:49:31 AM »

Early Sunday morning, Newman has a medium-sized bird for prey on the ledge near the nest box. Black and white, longish gray legs, not webbed feet. Could be coot. Or??

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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #580 on: September 12, 2021, 04:50:52 PM »

Two more from Sunday.  The pic with two on the ledge shows how much bigger one is than the other -- Zooey the female is the larger bird. 

Lots of great camera views, specially soaring around 4 PM.  Reminded me of watching the Blue Angels air show earlier this summer.  Fast, agile, hard to follow with video.   ;)

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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #581 on: September 17, 2021, 07:15:43 AM »

Morning on the bluff and flyway
September 17, 2021
Regardless of the calandar created by Man, Nature knows its well into Autumn.

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Tucker posted on Explore
9/17 GHOW seen on Bluff face ledges and hooting between ≈ 12:30 + 1:07 am.. I saw it land on the rock ledge below the nest box around 12:30 am and fly off in the direction it originally came from around 1:07 am. At 1 point it flew up and under the Cliff cam.
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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #582 on: September 17, 2021, 12:24:46 PM »

Shep,  Gorgeous sunrise pics!  Fall is in the air, that's for sure.

Newman is still present. I think you mentioned early OCT for typical migration time.

Pretty white, daisylike wildflower in bloom on the rewind. Don't know the name.  Anyone??

Eastern red cedar trees have berries now. They are also called juniper, and they smell like gin! It's the female trees that have the colorful berries. We have lots where I live in Missouri.

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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #583 on: September 17, 2021, 01:15:41 PM »

Those berries are NOT edible
They'll mkae you sick
beautiful tho
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Re: Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River 2021
« Reply #584 on: September 17, 2021, 04:13:31 PM »

Shep, I should have mentioned about the berries!  People, do not eat the juniper berries!

Cedar waxwings, however, love juniper (cedar) berries. And mistletoe, another berry toxic to people.