Monday, January 04, 2016

Welcome to 2016!

As is the tradition with the new year, it is time to summarize 2015 and look forward to 2016!  Both Durand and Spark have been seen on and off at the nest site most of the fall and early winter.  Here are both on the ledge early in 2016:
Columbus has had some extremely mild weather most of this winter--so far.  Mild conditions means the birds don't have to focus so much on basic survival which gave them some time for a  little bonding in the nestbox.  They won't get too serious though until later in February, when courtship will ramp up.  Eggs are typically laid in March.  That's a current look, so now to reflect on 2015:
2015 was similar to the year before with 4 eggs laid and 3 hatched.  Two of the fledglings did well.  Unfortunately, the third young falcon did not successfully fly and is now a permanent educational ambassador at the Glen Helen Raptor Center.  
Blog traffic was pretty similar to last year as well.  Here's the breakdown of the Columbus Peregrine FalconCam Blog statistics from January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015:
Total number of visits - 183,574
Number of unique visitors - 39,325
The highest traffic day was Tuesday, April 28 with 3,688 hits.  This was when the 3rd egg hatched.
Visits came from 71 countries/territories with Ohioans making up about 83% of the audience.
As always - a VERY BIG THANK YOU to each and every fan out there!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cleaning Day

Observant viewers will notice that today the nestbox gravel was replaced and inside the box painted. This is part of annual maintenance to help keep the nest area clean and limit parasites.  While we were on-site, both Durand and Spark were keeping watch.  A few times Durand actually perched on the ledge near where we were working.  Both birds were curious and protective but only to the point of coming close enough to make sure we knew they were there.  Their lazy flights past did not fool us though-we know full well how intimidating these birds could be if they wanted to.  Fortunately, this being the off-season the falcons didn't have incentive to try too hard to haze us.

Update on Flash:  the fledgling from this year's nest that has been in rehab is likely not going to be releasable.   Pending further determination from a veterinarian this falcon will be placed as a permanent captive as part of an educational program.  Just like Blaze last season, this is certainly not the preferred alternative, but nonetheless, the falcon will still serve an important purpose as an ambassador to the species.

There was no indication of any other peregrines downtown today, so the other young from the nest have likely moved on.  As 2015 winds down we can expect Durand and Spark to stay in the area as they have in previous winters.  Further updates this year if/when something notable occurs!

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.