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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #345 on: June 07, 2021, 05:02:27 PM »

Lil one had a good feeding just now


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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #346 on: June 07, 2021, 06:01:51 PM »

Fantastic!!  I forgot that sometimes the other cam is zoomed in on the nest box!  Great news.

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« Reply #347 on: June 07, 2021, 06:07:07 PM »

I went back and watched that.  I always feel bad when she shove feathers in with a piece.  They are both definitely doing better.

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #348 on: June 08, 2021, 10:52:56 AM »

About 0830 and Zooey is doing great!!






LOOK AT HER GET THAT FOOD RIGHT IN THERE AND THE SIZE OF THE CROP!!

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #349 on: June 08, 2021, 01:43:24 PM »

Wonderful pics, Nora!!!!

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #350 on: June 08, 2021, 02:08:30 PM »

Thanks.  She'd had the leg/foot sticking out of her mouth and I thought "oh no" but she ate it herself.  :D

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #351 on: June 09, 2021, 07:43:05 AM »

7:41 am - Mommy and me at feeding time

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #352 on: June 09, 2021, 11:14:56 AM »

I think she's got it!!!!!  :)

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #353 on: June 09, 2021, 11:35:02 AM »

I think she's got it!!!!!  :)

Yes...lil peanut is doing so good too!

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #354 on: June 09, 2021, 08:09:07 PM »

UPDATE PER RRP THAT WAS ON FACEBOOK!!!!!

What's going on at Great Spirit Bluff? Why isn't Zooey feeding her young? Why doesn't Newman taken over? And what's up with Zooey's shuffling?
We turned to Board member and Gyrfalcon breeder Jim Robison to help answer your questions. Although it isn't true in every case, first time falcon mothers are more likely to be reticent about feeding, to fumble food, to eat dropped food, and/or to feed inappropriately-sized bites to their hungry young. Zooey stashed and prepared food and chupped at her young, but she didn't seem to understand how or when to feed them. We saw her tearing off chunks that the hatchlings couldn't swallow, picking up and eating dropped food, and offering food instead of stuffing gaping beaks. Zooey appeared to want to feed her hatchlings, but she had no knowledge or experience to guide her.
So why didn't Newman help? Peregrine hatchlings need almost constant brooding until their thermal down begins to emerge on day eight. During the first eight to ten days of nest life, mothers do nearly all of the brooding and feeding, while fathers provision their young and mates. Since Zooey was brooding, chupping, and trying to feed her young, Newman didn't know or understand that his young weren't getting fed. Falcons are largely guided by hormones and instinct. They can learn, but they don't tend to innovate.
What's up with Zooey's shuffling? Jim told us that this was a very normal behavior for first time parents. They have no experience to inform or cope with their instinct to roll eggs and shuffle young until they've gone through their first season. Although the afternoon shade, large rock, and backless box are all helping to keep the nest cooler than it would be otherwise, I have to wonder if the oppressive heat is adding to Zooey's stress. Zooey's hormones are telling her that she has to brood, while her brood patch and heat response are telling her that it is very hot. She might respond to the conflict by rolling and shuffling instead of getting off her little hatchling or staying still through the long, hot day. She is a brand new, first time Mom, she has a lot to learn, and she is doing the best she can.
We use Tom Cade's 'Guide to Management of Peregrine Falcons at the Eyrie' to age nestling falcons and help make nest management decisions. It states that 'At eight days, the second down begins to emerge in the spinal tract along the backbone'. As the second down emerges and Zooey's nesting hormones ebb, we should see her shuffling and rolling begin to decrease. We don't have long to wait!
While some of you have described Zooey as obsessive or paranoid, her dedication bodes well for future broods. We have our fingers crossed for this nest (and for cooler, less stressful weather) and look forward to banding on June 19! We are keeping a close eye out for problems with blackflies and hippoboscids - especially given the heat! - and will respond if we think it is necessary.

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #355 on: June 10, 2021, 01:02:14 PM »

Great Spirit Bluffs Home of Newman, Zooey and little one

Cuteness Galore!!!

Hmmm... what's over here?

Mom Zooey "Stay over here little booger!"


Cuddle bunny under Mom Zooey watch 7 second gif, at the end...


Lunch time! Zooey is an awesome Mama, doing great!
 

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #356 on: June 10, 2021, 01:26:02 PM »

Lori - Oh my gosh...that first pic is just too cute!!  :-*

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #357 on: June 10, 2021, 03:40:18 PM »

Hoping Everybirdy is enjoying the great camera work going on watching the Blue Angels practicing over French Island airport and up and down the river!
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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #358 on: June 10, 2021, 07:18:04 PM »

Hoping Everybirdy is enjoying the great camera work going on watching the Blue Angels practicing over French Island airport and up and down the river!
Wow didn't know!  Is that the island across the river toward LaCrosse?  Oh wow I went back and found them!!!!!

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Re: 2021 Great Spirit Bluff falcons, Mississippi River
« Reply #359 on: June 11, 2021, 02:10:44 AM »

Hoping Everybirdy is enjoying the great camera work going on watching the Blue Angels practicing over French Island airport and up and down the river!

French Island Mississippi River Wisconsin
RRP should pull that video off cam!
Here's the Blue Angels in DC doing the dangerous STARBURST

(We need to re-name that!)

I saw the adorable tiny bird singing yestreday  :)
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