Thursday, July 03, 2008

Red,White & Boom tonight-what does it mean to the falcons?

No reports on the fledglings except Boomer was again observed and confirmed via leg band codes on the nest ledge 7/1 during the early evening hours. We're still assuming that no news is good news and all the young falcons are doing well.

Columbus' big fireworks event, Red, White & Boom is tonight. Every year I get asked what do the falcons do during the show--will it scare them, etc. By the time the fireworks are going off the falcons will be at their chosen roost for the night and the fireworks will be much the same to them as a big thunderstorm-just a lot of lightning and thunder. All of the people downtown for the event won't bother the birds - they see people and cars in the streets everyday. In the past you could see some of the fireworks via the ledgecam but I have heard that the location of the launching has changed this year so I'm not sure if they will be visible or not. Interested folks will just have to tune in. Happy Fourth of July!