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2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« on: January 17, 2024, 12:06:52 PM »

Live cams working this morning as the river freezes over. Flock of eagles hanging around the edge of open water next to the lock, waiting for fish to come to the surface.

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2024, 05:05:32 AM »

Thanks Stl - good pic.
I like river news too.
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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2024, 09:52:17 AM »

Shep, many thanks for GSB history. It will be a good guide for this season.
Enjoyed the river snapshot, STLb. Thanks you two. Take care.
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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2024, 04:07:58 PM »

Not much change at GSB today.  Still eagles at the edge of the open water next to the lock.

Q -- Who changes the Forum sections to the new year?  It's time for 2024 here at GSB.

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2024, 05:57:06 PM »

Mrs. Falcon, aka Amy, is our Forum Master.  I'm sure she'll take care of it sooner or later.  ;)
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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2024, 11:21:17 AM »

Hi Nora.  :)
I don't know how to "sticky".
And if I opened the thread, I'd put it with the Mississippi Flyway Cam, where it'd would be easier to maintain.
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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2024, 04:45:11 PM »

Hi Nora, good to "see" you here.  Eagle closeup this afternoon, just for you!

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2024, 07:13:05 AM »

Hurrah!  Cliff cam back up and operating.  Thank you RRP.  :) 
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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2024, 03:11:54 AM »

GSB HISTORY
Start looking!


February 13, 2023 Newman was back.
Feb. 11th a female was seen.

January 31, 2022 falcon seen.
Feb 23, 2022 Amy confirmed Newman arrived

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2024, 02:04:23 PM »

Shep, thanks for the reminder about falcon returning dates!
When the water has been open since the first of the year, there are people fishing from little boats below the locks.  Wonder what they are fishing for?

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2024, 02:25:54 PM »

Shep, thanks for the reminder about falcon returning dates!
When the water has been open since the first of the year, there are people fishing from little boats below the locks.  Wonder what they are fishing for?

most likely - for fish.   ;D
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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2024, 03:20:49 AM »

While some folk await Newman's return, I'm more curious about what I'm assuming is the enlargement of the Lock to double its size to 600 ft., allowing 15 barge "tows" but more importantly to accomodate the larger cruise liners that will be plying their service on the Upper Mississippi from St. Louis to Minneapolis.
Construction is going on now....where that crane is currently located is where the new lock gate will be.  Don't know if the unfrozen river is a boon or a bust as far as the construction goes, but I hope our camera ops are aware and will give more close-up scanning in the future.  The Corps of Engineers has had this in the planning for awhile, but I think covid slowed it down....like it did with everything else.  This is a massive project.  All the locks between the Twin Cities and St. Louis will be enlarged.
Thanks RRP for the service you provide.  My check will be in the mail soon.  ;) :)

https://www.news8000.com/news/local-news/la-crescent/maintenance-upgrades-underway-for-lock-and-dams-along-mississippi-river-near-la-crescent/article_8c6709eb-2f13-5c2f-ba90-91e2f41d7eac.html

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2024, 03:35:59 AM »

eburg,
I too enjoy the locks.
I would assume an open river is better for the ACoE.

Right now I am interested in seeing a falcon sighting.
Everyone needs sound ON.
We've seen visitor falcons this early in past years.

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2024, 11:53:27 AM »

The Flyway forum announced a sighting of Newman a day or so ago.  The pic today might be him.

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