Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Thanks for reading the Columbus Peregrine Falcon Blog!

Reports are coming in less frequently, but by all accounts it appears all of the female fledglings are doing great. Despite some losses we can chalk up another successful peregrine nesting season in Columbus. So far no sign of a new male but I am confident it is only a matter of time. The rest of the summer is expected to be uneventful. We do have camera and nestbox maintenance on the agenda and I will post updates on those issues as I have details.

As we are at the end of the nesting season for this year I thought I'd take a moment and review some interesting blog stats. I ran a summary for the period of January 1, 2009 through July 20, 2009. During that time the Columbus Falcon blog received a total of 157,549 visits from 64 countries around the world!!! Those hits came from 34,841 different visitors! Average time on the site was 41 seconds with most of the traffic (96.52%) being directed from the ODNR, Division of Wildlife website. The date with the highest number of visits (3,688) was April 29 (the date the 3rd and 4th egg hatched). The date with the lowest number of visits (28) was January 4. Even though there has not been any activity to report on, yesterday (July 20) there were still an amazing 661 hits to the blog.

Of the total number of visits, 228 came from 7 cities in Australia. Here's a picture of one of those dedicated viewers: "Saffi" watches along with Margaret in Sydney!

I routinely get emails expressing appreciation that the blog is an informative and educational tool to go along with the falconcams. The "fan mail" is very nice but in addition, the numbers recorded on the blog report indicate a tremendous following. So, I'll take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone out there for your interest and support of the ODNR, Division of Wildlife's Columbus Peregrine Falcon Project!

Enjoy the rest of the summer. Additional updates over the summer/fall as information becomes available.