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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #210 on: May 21, 2022, 03:27:00 PM »

LOL SHEP, that's a loud peep.  Sounds like they are rolling a lottery basket.  Kestrels use to be quite common here but with all the development I have to drive farther out to see them.  Their coloring is beautiful and I was told by an advanced birder that when they weren't sitting on a wire by the road you recognized them by their hovering behavior.  Will watch is cam.  Thanks

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #211 on: May 21, 2022, 04:37:05 PM »

LOL SHEP, that's a loud peep.  Sounds like they are rolling a lottery basket.  Kestrels use to be quite common here but with all the development I have to drive farther out to see them.  Their coloring is beautiful and I was told by an advanced birder that when they weren't sitting on a wire by the road you recognized them by their hovering behavior.  Will watch is cam.  Thanks

I forgot to tell you I have a thread here for them
I cant take pics anymore, computer crashed
https://raptorresource.org/raptorresource/forum/index.php?topic=2795.0

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #212 on: May 22, 2022, 12:30:56 PM »

Chicks' quick breakfast is yellow-orange, possibly warbler.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #213 on: May 24, 2022, 04:03:58 PM »

Newman was trying his best to cover them up, his feet were slipping while he pushed forward, but nope.  They're getting too big for him.  :D

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #214 on: May 24, 2022, 04:10:36 PM »

NORA, they are growing so fast.  It won't be long until they are banded.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #215 on: May 25, 2022, 10:50:03 AM »

Zooey & Newman try to cover the chicks. Shuffle, shuffle, but they are too big to fit now.  Also growing wing feathers and grayish down. And they are starting to grab at the prey, not just wait for a bit to be fed to them.

Saying a little prayer that the owl deterrent measures are in place same as last year.  Has anybody seen info about protecting the chicks from owl attacks?

At banding time, hope RRP can recover the egg that didn't hatch to determine why.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #216 on: May 25, 2022, 12:33:37 PM »

May 25, 2022
POURING RAIN

Has RRP given a banding date yet?  Usually june
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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #217 on: May 25, 2022, 03:06:59 PM »

I saw early June somewhere, but need to find it.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #218 on: May 25, 2022, 04:33:26 PM »

Thanks to the cam ops for this view of wild columbine in the rain at GSB

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #219 on: May 27, 2022, 10:46:53 AM »

Breakfast prey today at about 6AM was a medium sized, black and white bird, with a banded tail and a wide white stripe across the wings.  Anybody know what it was?

Chicks are standing on their heels and moving around more, and the wing and tail feathers are really evident.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #220 on: May 28, 2022, 10:10:32 AM »

That is one interesting prey bird!

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #221 on: May 28, 2022, 02:34:31 PM »

Yes Nora, interesting prey for sure.  I don't believe it's a woodpecker, but what can it be?  The watchers who use Explore are good at ID for all kinds of prey, but I don't know if they watch GSB.

The three chicks seem to be thriving, at about 16 days old.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #222 on: May 29, 2022, 06:06:34 AM »

mockingbird maybe?
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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #223 on: May 29, 2022, 10:54:41 AM »

Shep, did you mean that the b&w prey bird from the other day might have been a Northern Mockingbird?  Well, they do have some white across the wings, but not a barred tail. 

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #224 on: May 29, 2022, 11:02:19 AM »

STL, you are right mockingbirds do not have barred tails and barred chests.  Looks like a common nighthawk to me.
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