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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #195 on: May 15, 2024, 12:00:28 PM »

That was a great snap from Nora!  Perhaps we were too hasty to dismiss egg-laying for this year.  Or maybe just strong bonding for next year.

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #196 on: May 15, 2024, 03:21:04 PM »

It would be nice, but pretty late in the season to lay eggs, brood the eggs, get them to fledge, and teach them to hunt.  Let's go for lots of bonding and keeping her around.  :)

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #197 on: May 19, 2024, 02:44:00 PM »

Ya, Nora, it's bonding time for Newman and U-09.  Closeups today show that she's growing some adult gray-blue feathers on her shoulders and back.

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #198 on: May 19, 2024, 03:31:54 PM »

Aww she's growing up.  She IS young.

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #199 on: May 20, 2024, 11:38:38 AM »

Yes, U-09 is going to be fully adult by the end of this summer, and we can hope for a successful breeding season in 2025.

Wild columbine in bloom now at the GSB bluffs for wildflower lovers.

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #200 on: May 21, 2024, 05:55:55 PM »

U-09 perched on the nest box camera housing most of this afternoon, also spending some time on a bluff ledge and on a dead branch that Newman also likes.  Didn't see him on the rewind today.  Storms on the way for tonight.

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #201 on: May 22, 2024, 01:20:52 AM »

Thank you  STL and Nora.
I appreciate your posts and comment. info.
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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #202 on: May 23, 2024, 11:18:40 AM »

Early morning getting together, then serial perching on Newman's favorite dead branch.

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #203 on: May 23, 2024, 11:26:28 AM »

Thanks STL for the snaps. Hope they become a pair and have little Newman's and U09s
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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #204 on: May 27, 2024, 11:07:03 AM »

Newman and U-09 are still together at GSB.  We can hope for a productive season next year!

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #205 on: May 27, 2024, 04:01:47 PM »

Hi STL, Nora a blessed Memorial Day to you.

Great snaps of U09 and Newman. Thank you.
Can't 'they' come up with proper name for this gal?   :(

I truly hope this pair makes it  and returns next season.
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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #206 on: June 01, 2024, 01:42:28 PM »

Hey Phyl, good to "hear" from you!  Scroll back to when we first saw U-09 and look for the banding info, should be a name there.

First of June pic.

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #207 on: June 01, 2024, 03:20:21 PM »

Hey Phyl, good to "hear" from you!  Scroll back to when we first saw U-09 and look for the banding info, should be a name there.

First of June pic.

April 7th I found "From Explore:

March 29 blog: https://www.raptorresource....
"March 28, 2024: Newman chases off young banded falcon We’ve talked before about how female falcons usually chase/fight other females and males usually chase/fight males. Here’s an impressive example! The young banded falcon is still sporting all-brown plumage, which means he is right around one year old. While I don’t have site-specific information, he comes from Indiana, which means he is 200 miles or more from his natal nest. Good luck, U/09!"
 
STLbf--No one can find her listed in the banding data base....
https://midwestperegrine.umn.edu/?vw=search
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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #208 on: June 01, 2024, 04:12:24 PM »

Thanks Nora for the info on when U-09 came on the scene here at GSB.  I remember this bird was listed as a male.  However, I've wondered if the upside down band might indicate that the sex might be in question.  Certainly, U-09 behaves like a female around Newman, and is significantly larger than Newman, typical of female peregrines.   So, we'll wait and see if this "pair" produces eggs next year.  Are there any banding experts who can enlighten us?

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Re: 2024 Great Spirit Bluff Falcons
« Reply #209 on: June 01, 2024, 05:01:57 PM »

Amy hadn't found her either.