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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #450 on: October 05, 2022, 12:13:42 PM »

Due to the drought, the Mississippi River is very low.
Barges cant carry as much load.
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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #451 on: October 05, 2022, 04:21:58 PM »

Drought here in the midwest, too much rain and flooding elsewhere, except where there are raging wildfires.  What a mess we have made of this planet.  I live south of the Flyway that we watch, close to but not in sight of the Mississippi. Probably barge traffic is restricted here, too.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #452 on: October 05, 2022, 04:28:26 PM »

Its October and shippers want to get goods shipped by barge before the river freezes -  so low water level is pretty serious.
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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #453 on: October 09, 2022, 02:45:06 PM »

Low river levels probably means an increase in freight train and truck traffic.  South of Missouri, even barges with smaller loads are getting stuck.

Fall colors are lovely in the GSB area. 

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #454 on: October 11, 2022, 12:05:07 PM »

Cedar trees have ripe blue berries that cedar waxwings love this time of year.  I believe that juniper berries are used to make gin.  No wonder the birds love them.   ;)

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #455 on: October 12, 2022, 12:54:27 PM »

Beautiful fall colors, improving every day.  Enjoy watching the cedar waxwings gorging on berries.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #456 on: October 13, 2022, 05:03:24 PM »

Great Spirit Bluff is putting on a most colorful show this fall!  Barge traveling light from north to south.  Couple of trains.

Rusty-feathers on the perching Peregrine extend to the back of the head. 

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #457 on: October 14, 2022, 04:46:50 AM »

That train sat parked on the tracks a very long time - wonder why.
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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #458 on: October 14, 2022, 05:58:19 PM »

Shep, train maybe waiting for the tracks to clear further along, or for another train with priority to pass by going the other direction.  Just guessing!

This afternoon, 3:00 or so, a flock of swallows was active flying in and out of a round entrance on the cliff face, to the left of the nest box. There's a species called cliff swallows that occupy most of North America.  Experts, were these cliff swallows?

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #459 on: October 18, 2022, 10:42:06 AM »

Unbanded adult peregrine perched at the nest box this morning for a couple hours.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #460 on: October 18, 2022, 12:40:31 PM »

October 18, 2022
Serious drought limits barge traffic on river
https://www.naturalnews.com/2022-10-16-bean-piles-mississippi-river-barges-rver.html#

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #461 on: October 23, 2022, 11:22:36 AM »

Fall colors peaking at GSB while we all wait for needed rain along the Mississippi.

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #462 on: October 23, 2022, 02:53:53 PM »

October 23, 2022
Noon a baby barge of 6 cars went thru locks

2.45 pm  a 16 car barge came down river very carefully guided by a tug

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #463 on: October 24, 2022, 11:52:05 AM »

October 24  NOON
Skinny barge racing downriver - wheee!
Whats on it/ Propane tanks?

2.30 pm
12 car barge comes down river
Tug #2 awaits to help it

Foliage is awesome purdy!

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Re: 2022 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #464 on: October 25, 2022, 10:15:43 AM »

Little birds active this morning, see Cardinal pic. Also downy woodpecker and wren that I didn't catch for a pic.

2-car barge that matches the fall foliage coming downstream about 8:30 AM.