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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #330 on: July 05, 2022, 09:15:19 AM »

July 5
9 am  ewww spider web!  Glad for wipers!!
Elk River cam needs wipers
They not only have a web but a fly in it
double ewwww
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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #331 on: July 05, 2022, 09:34:26 AM »

Great shot of the spider web with mist drops like pearls.  Mostly webs are pretty invisible, and not fun when you walk into one in the woods, full in the face!

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #332 on: July 05, 2022, 04:53:04 PM »

LOL, you two.  That was a work of art on the cam this morning.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #333 on: July 05, 2022, 06:21:39 PM »

The spider web with mist drops like pearls was really neat!  Thanks.  I agree with an earlier post, I think the adult with the brownish tinge was probably Zooey.  I keep thinking positive on the youngsters even though we haven't see them, there are SO many places they could be.  Fingers are crossed.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #334 on: July 06, 2022, 12:46:47 PM »

Nora, I sure hope your idea about the young ones is the right one!   Meanwhile, cam ops are working hard to provide us with Peregrines, wildflowers, and barges this morning.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #335 on: July 06, 2022, 12:49:44 PM »

Couple barge pics   :D

My terminology is probably incorrect!  Is the whole connected group of things the barge, and the individual "boats" the cars, like on a train?  And what's the boat with the motor properly called?  A tug or something else?

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #336 on: July 06, 2022, 01:27:54 PM »

I say 12 car barge
its barge and tug
I dont know  boaters terms

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #337 on: July 06, 2022, 02:53:37 PM »

My 2 cents...

The lock, from gate to gate, is 300 feet.  That's a football field, goal line to goal line.
Never heard the "car" term before, but I'm thinking it might refer to three barges side by side.
So the lock can handle 3 cars at a time, with a little room at the tug end and enough room at the front of the raft to swing the lock gate closed. which is a work of modern engineering since the gate (2 halves) get expanded as they swing shut by about a third its closed length.  Took me a long time and a lot of watching to figure that one out.
So....a twelve barge raft takes two movements (three car lock-thru and one car and tug lock-thru).
The cam hasn't stayed with very many complete barge and raft moves, so I haven't seen many and no 15 barge rafts, but I know the Corps of Engineers is supposed to lengthen all the locks on the Upper Mississippi to 600 feet lock gate to lock gate to accommodate a speedier passage for 15 barge rafts.  And that was supposed to be competed by 2023.
And those big nearly 600 ft. cruise ships that Viking has been building might have some influence too!
Maybe my two cents got a little wordy, but I've thought about it a lot and hope there are "experts" out there with more conclusive information.
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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #338 on: July 06, 2022, 05:11:11 PM »

PLEASE, no big cruise ships on the Mississsloppy!
May get stuck cross wise in the lock  ;D

I've seen 16 car barges - took FOREVER to get thru the lock
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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #339 on: July 07, 2022, 11:40:24 AM »

Shep and eburg, thanks for the barge info!   I have to agree that the rivers do NOT need cruise ships designed for the oceans! 

On topic of this forum, Zooey got prey, possibly a mourning dove, and consumed it for your closeup watching if you care to . . .

Nice purplish dawn on this 7-7-22 day, maybe purple is a portent of something.

Thanks to the cam ops who keep the views interesting for all of us watchers.   :)

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #340 on: July 07, 2022, 12:43:56 PM »

Couldn't agree more with you.  Don't want to see Viking on the Mississippi.  They don't need to pollute the Mississippi.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #341 on: July 07, 2022, 01:29:27 PM »

As per the cruise ships....they already operate from New Orleans to St. Louis.  They're just waiting for the Corps of Engineers to expand the locks to 600 feet so they can continue on to Minneapolis/St. Paul.  And the boats aren't like the ocean-goers.  They're long and thin and only three or four decks above the waterline.  Just a matter of time.
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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #342 on: July 07, 2022, 07:25:33 PM »

 :o   :'(    My thoughts about cruise ships that are so big that locks have to be enlarged to accommodate them.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #343 on: July 08, 2022, 02:09:57 AM »

Hope the Corps of Engineers drags their feet.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #344 on: July 08, 2022, 06:17:14 AM »

Hope the Corps of Engineers drags their feet.

Actually ACoE is VERY fast and efficient ......
 .....   once they get started
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