Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Where are the chicks?!
Local TV coverage of the banding
WBNS (Channel 10) was also at the banding. They said they were going to run a story on their noon news yesterday but I was unable to locate any reports on their website.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Banding goes well
While the chicks and adults may be stressed during the event they recover very, very quickly. We know from many years of banding many nestlings that an hour out of the lives of these birds is well worth the exposure that the species gets and the education and awareness that results.
Here are the details on names/bands. Each bird received a purple U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service band on the right leg and a black over red band (b/r) on the left leg:
At some point in the near future we should have a video of the banding available on our website. It will take a little time for editing. As soon as it's ready and posted, I'll post the link here. Thanks to everyone for watching the banding! Now we prepare for the next stage--fledging! It won't be long!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Last minute details on banding
I am told that the normal 8 minute timeout of the video feed will be disabled to allow viewers to watch the banding without having to reload the page. That's good news!
Finally, the banding is scheduled to begin about 10 a.m. If you happen to be watching earlier do not be alarmed if you see Division of Wildlife personnel out on the ledge. Sometimes we need to access the ledge ahead of time to prepare for the banding. Further, with the last minute testing there may be times when the feed is unavailable temporarily. We are sorry for this convenience but it is necessary to have things ready to go. I hope that the live streaming works without a hitch and I hope everyone enjoys being able to witness it!
Monday, May 18, 2009
And the winning names are...!
Thanks to the students of Scottish Corners Elementary School for participating in the contest and thanks to everyone for voting.
Friday, May 15, 2009
A view through the haze!
The chicks are becoming more mobile and walking around the nestbox. Hard to believe they are only 2 1/2 weeks old!
Banding is scheduled for next week: Thursday, May 21 at 10 a.m. It will be shown over the nestbox live streaming view. Crews will begin setting up inside the building on Tuesday, May 19 which will include hooking up the necessary cables and testing the system. So, there may be times during the day on Tuesday that the feed is unavailable. Hope everyone can tune in on Thursday! Voting for the names of the chicks ends today. The winning names will be announced on Monday.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Banding has been scheduled for next Thursday, May 21. We'll clean the lens when we access the ledge that day. Unfortunately, until then we won't have a clear look at the chicks. More details on the banding later this week.
Luckily, I did capture an image to document their size at 2 weeks of age before the privacy shield was put up(!):
Monday, May 11, 2009
Details on naming "contest"
This year's school is Scottish Corners Elementary in Dublin (a suburb of Columbus). From over 200 names our panel** has narrowed the choices to 11*. The web poll is up as of this morning and will be available until about 5 p.m. on Friday, 5/18 on the Ohio Division of Wildlife's website for all the falconcam fans out there to cast their vote. The top 4 names with the most votes will be used.
*There was originally 12 names selected for the poll, however, it was discovered that one student had submitted 2 entries and both made it to the poll! Rules of the contest are given to the school and state only one submission per student. So, the name "Glider" was deemed ineligible. It still may appear on the poll, however, should it place in the top 4, we will take the name with the next highest number of votes as a winning name.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Video clip of Scout preening her feathers
Starting on Monday, May 11 and continuing through Friday, May 15, a webpoll will be posted on the Ohio Division of Wildlife's website so everyone out there can vote on their favorite names for this year's chicks. More details will be posted next week on how the names were selected for the webpoll.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
1 Week Old
You'll notice the walls of the nestbox are beginning to get "decorated" with whitewash--falcon poo, that is. When they have "to go," the chicks project their feces up and out away from the nest to help keep the immediate nest area clean. During this process anything in the way gets coated. It's not so bad right now that they are still small, but as they grow they will inevitably hit the front of the camera housing and the resulting smears may obstruct our view.
I was asked earlier this week by a co-worker, how many feeding trips are made each day. I've never actually counted but would guess at least 6-8. I usually notice 2-3 during the first half of the day. Double that for the second half of the day and then figure in a couple more and there's the basis for my estimate. I'm sure some of the diehard watchers out there could say for certain!
The actual number of trips will vary depending on the size of the prey items the adults bring in. Since Orville is smaller, he likely concentrates on hunting smaller songbird-size prey while the larger Scout can take birds with more bulk to them. Oftentimes, the male will cache food as well, so if he isn't successful hunting he can always fall back on his reserve supply.
As the nestlings grow, so will their requirements for food! The adults will be very busy for the next several weeks with four chicks to feed.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Not much to do but eat and sleep...
It's amazing how fast they grow. They aren't even a week old yet and their size has dramatically increased!
Names are currently being submitted through a contest at a local school. Late this week a committee will narrow the list of names submitted down to a smaller group that will appear as a webpoll on our website - so, all the falconcam fans out there will be able to vote on their choice of the names for this year's Columbus falcon chicks. The kids who submit the names that ultimately win will be invited to the banding, date to be announced.
At this time we hope to be able to live stream the banding, as we did in 2008. However, as everyone is well aware, technology has not been our friend this year! We continue to have problems with the ledgecam sound cutting in and out as well as the limitation with the nestbox refresed still photos. We are looking ahead and will certainly make it happen if at all possible!
Friday, May 01, 2009
All well in the nest
I've also gotten a few inquiries on when we will turn on the nestbox sound. Unfortunately, with the current setup we will likely be without sound for the duration of this nesting season. No sound happens to be a casualty of being in between the old and new camera systems (the mic for the old system was removed in anticipation of switching over to the new system which was not able to be implemented as desired). So, bottom line we cannot provide sound at the nest (there is still sound with the ledgecam). We apologize for the inconvenience.