Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Summer Lull

There hasn't been much to report in the off-season.  Spark and Durand continue to occasionally visit the nest ledge.  This morning they actually spent a few minutes bonding in the nest box.  Nice that a fan posted a video to You Tube so those suffering from "falcon withdrawal" can see it if they missed it!
The last time a juvenile was seen via the cams was July 16, but thanks to Mike Horn, we do have a confirmed sighting of Bolt (with Durand) at the LeVeque Tower from 7/21/15:
The young should be independent of the adults by now, fully capable of hunting on their own.  If they haven't already, they will soon be departing the Columbus area for parts unknown to hopefully survive and establish a territory of their own elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Flash remains in a wildlife rehabilitation center due to compromised feathers.  The logical course of action is to hold her until after she molts in 2016.  The hope is the new feathers that come in next year will be OK and allow for sustained flight so she can be released back into the wild.  
Next on the list is off-season maintenance of the nest box (new gravel and paint) scheduled for late summer/early fall.  More news at that time unless something notable occurs in the meantime!

Monday, July 06, 2015

Cams Back!

Live Streaming video is back up and running!  Refreshed still images are not.  Stay tuned...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Streaming Update

Sorry to report this but I just received word it will be next week before the camera live streaming can be restored.  Again, we apologize for the inconvenience!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cams Offline

Server issues will have the cams offline at least for a few hours today...we are hoping that the live streaming for both cams will be restored by Tuesday, June 23.  Even though all the falcons have fledged there are still folks out there watching (me included) in the hopes of seeing one or both of the juveniles (and/or the adults) return to the nest ledge. Unfortunately, these type of technology adjustments take time and coordination by various agencies and individuals so I can't say for sure when both streams will be running again but we are hoping for as short of an interruption as possible!  Thanks for your patience!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Inconclusive Info on Flash

Flash remains in rehab for observation and rest.   She had a few superficial indications of a rough landing but nothing serious.  She is very calm, eating well and even bathing.  But there is a mystery regarding her feathers.  Her feathers appear very thin, similar to how old feathers that are damaged from parasites can appear.   This is puzzling because of course they are brand new feathers and there are no parasite issues at this nest.  Because of the condition of the feathers there is concern of whether or not she will be capable of sustained flight.  I wish I had more conclusive information but for now she will be allowed to rest under observation while she recovers from the bumps and bruises.  After some rest and she becomes more active she can be flown in captivity to see what she really may be capable of in terms of flight.  

Meanwhile, Bolt and Storm are continuing to make appearances at the nest ledge.  Both were on the ledge with the adults earlier this week.  And, thanks to Mike Horn, here is a photo of Storm who spent part of the day Tuesday on the LeVeque Tower:
Durand and Spark are making their share of visits to the ledge as well including scraping in the nestbox.  It's not that they are considering a second clutch but rather this behavior serves the purpose to confirm their bond to the site.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Storm & Bolt Return!

Special guest blog by intern Ella Weaver:
Just as we write that regular updates will taper off, we have had an action packed weekend on the 41st floor ledge.  Since the last update, Bolt and Storm were both spotted returning to familiar territory!
On Friday afternoon, despite the rain, some delight (and a sigh of relief perhaps) is shared among the falcon project supporters as Storm is spotted returning to the nest ledge for the first time since leaving the safety of the ledge almost a week earlier. Even more bliss from fans occurs when images are captured of both juveniles reunited again.  
The juveniles are beginning to become familiarized with traveling to new locations and their ability to fly.  They may, however, continue to return to this recognizable location until they are altogether comfortable with hunting and flying on their own. Both adult peregrines also ventured back and forth to the nest and ledge this weekend, perhaps checking in on the fledglings and their new found freedom.  On Sunday night we catch a special glimpse of Storm and the adult female (Durand) sharing a meal
Even early today both adult falcons are spotted occupying the ledge for their morning meal. Overall, it appears that both juveniles are adjusting to their new lives of flight properly and are well on their way to becoming fully functioning adult peregrines.
No evaluation on Flash yet - we will post when info is available!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Flash Flight

The bottom line:  Flash was captured at the Ohio Statehouse grounds this morning and is now at a wildlife rehabilitation clinic for evaluation.  We wanted to err on the side of caution and have her checked out due to her flights resulting in subsequent lower elevations.  In addition, once I had her in hand, besides the tender foot that we knew about already, there was also a scuff on her cere so she evidently hit something at some point during an early flight.   If a grounded fledgling seems strong and capable with no apparent injuries, we often return them to the ledge but in this case I thought a thorough exam would be the better option.
Now, to go back and fill in the blanks since Tuesday:  Flash remained on the 5th floor ledge of the Rhodes Tower until this morning.  Many, many thanks to the extra eyes keeping tabs on her all week, but I especially want to give a shout out to Ron M., who gave me multiple reports daily and was able to confirm that she was getting fed by the adults during her stay on that ledge.  So evidently she must have figured it was time to try again and this morning, she ended up in a flowerbed at the Statehouse, directly across the street from where she had spent the last few days.  Another shout out to Mary, veteran Falcon Fan, and Tamra, the Grounds Manager at the Ohio Statehouse.  Tamra followed my "falcon emergency protocol" that I distribute to major buildings/law enforcement in the area prior to fledge to a T and I was made aware of the situation within minutes.  These two, and a few other grounds crewmen were my backup to surrounded Flash so I could net her.  After a quick look, I transported her to the wildlife rehabilitation center.  
Unfortunately, no news on Bolt or Storm so we assume they are well on their way to learning how to be independent peregrines.  With the "empty nest" and the assumption that the remaining two fledglings are okay, regular updates will now taper off except for significant news such as updates on Flash and/or if we get a confirmation on Storm.   
A HUGE Thank You to those mentioned and to all the others behind the scenes that have called and/or emailed and/or watched from the sidewalk to help keep track of Flash and all of the fledglings, as well as all the fans watching from home, work and school. The amount of interest and support in the Columbus Falcon Project is impressive year after year!