Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Tick-tock, Tick-tock, Tick-tock....
There was a brief interesting moment yesterday when 2 pigeons landed on the nest ledge just outside of where Scout was incubating. Scout didn't seem to mind and did not leave her post.I was trying to capture video at the moment but wasn't quick enough. Thanks to a dedicated fan for these saved still images.
In the coming days I will attempt to save and post images of the two adults in incubating position as a comparison to help viewers better tell Scout from Trooper and vice versa.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Incubation on track!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Egg No. 4
Monday, April 12, 2010
And, the winning name is.....
28% of 3452 votes chose Trooper! It was a tight race! The name Mystery was a very close second and Drifter also received more than 20% of the votes.
The name Trooper was submitted by four individuals. One name was picked at random to determine the ultimate winner: Congratulations to Karen Lee of Mount Vernon, OH! For the entry, Karen will receive a peregrine falcon hat from the Wild Ohio Shop. The other folks who submitted the name suggestion (Deb Karr, Betsy Harmon, and Robbin Lee Sneddon) will receive Division of Wildlife water bottles.
Thanks again to everyone for each of the 748 suggestions submitted and for all of the votes. We really appreciate the participation and hope that everyone had fun.
By the way, please be advised that technical difficulties with the live streaming are to be expected and we sincerely apologize for when the service is down. However, in most cases the refreshed images will still be available, so there is that opportunity to continue to watch what is going on at the nest when the streaming is not operational. Note that we do monitor the site but are usually unable to troubleshoot or perform reboots after normal business hours. Feel free to email to alert us to problems with the website but after reading a few emails from this past weekend I would like to ask if you do write in, to please refrain from being rude in your emails! Thank you very much!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Thursday, April 08, 2010
1ST EGG & info on name choices
The voting continues for the name for the male. Several of the finalists were submitted by more than one individual. If a name wins that was suggested by more than one person we will pick the final winner at random, just like we do with the childrens' naming contest for the chicks. Here are a few comments submitted with the name choices:
Astro: "came flying in like an astro (star)"
Drifter: "drifted into town," "no leg bands, no way to know where he came from"
Flint: "Ohio's state stone," "feathers are flint colored, strong powerful name"
Mystery: too many people submitted this choice to list all the comments but most remarks referred to the fact that he is not banded therefore it is a "mystery" as to where he came from
Trooper: "embarking on a bold new phase of his life, which requires a lot of bravery, tenacity, and commitment," "a real "trooper" and came through when we needed him," "correlates well with Scout"
Many suggested "Wilbur" to complement Orville, however, the name "Wilbur" was already used for a nestmate of Orville's in Dayton in 2003. Names playing on a "new" theme were not chosen as finalists because we genuinely hope he sticks around in which case the "new" would not apply in subsequent years.
We thank each and every person who took the time to submit name suggestions. There were SO many wonderful choices and it was very apparent that everyone put a lot of thought into their choice. Regardless of what we call him, we are glad he has claimed the Columbus territory!!
Monday, April 05, 2010
Time to Vote for a Name for the Male!
We had over 700 submissions and it was very difficult to narrow down the choices for the online poll. Many names that made the final cut had to be eliminated last minute because we found out about some naming guidelines that are in place in the Midwest that we were previously unaware of. Our statewide falcon biologist also did not want us to use a name that was already the name of a nesting falcon elsewhere in Ohio or a name of a falcon that may not be nesting in Ohio but has recently been observed and so could be seen again. With over 700 to choose from we think we still have a good selection and appreciate everyone's vote!
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Name survey closes tonight; Mating video
Here is a link to a video that shows mating that was posted on YouTube by a dedicated falcon fan. The birds have been together for two weeks now, and that is the length of time that it typically takes for the female to cycle and produce eggs. So...hopefully we will see eggs in the next couple of days!