Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Live Streaming to be Interrupted

As we transition into summer Matrix and Durand continue to bond to the site. One or both falcons can usually be seen at least once a day checking in at the nestbox and occasionally scraping in the gravel.

Beginning July 1 we will be changing streaming video providers so unfortunately, there will be an interruption in the live video feed. It will take some time to get a new contract in place; therefore the service will be down during this transition. In theory, the refreshed still images will not be affected by this change but unfortunately, we are having other problems with the still images that we are currently working to resolve. We will get all views back up and running just as soon as possible. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

On another note, there will be some maintenance work performed on the south side (nestbox side) of the Rhodes Tower in July. Since we had a failed nest this season and they don't have to wait for young falcons to fledge, the building folks will be able to start this work earlier in the year than what would have been scheduled had we had a successful nest. So don't be surprised if you see workers scaling the building via the ledgecam!

Monday, June 06, 2011

New Male on the Scene and Update on Thunderbolt!

For the past few days a young falcon has been seen off and on at the ledge and in the nestbox. Finally, this morning he cooperated and showed his leg bands: black over red: 19/B. This is "Matrix" from the Canton, Ohio, Bank One/Chase Building 2010 nest! He and Durand have been interacting well so that would indicate that the unbanded, adult male here during this past nesting season is no longer in the territory. Let's hope this bird stays!

On another note, we received word that "Thunderbolt" a female hatched in Columbus in 2006 is now nesting at the University of Michigan! The male at that location is yet to be identified but as you can see from this photo, Thunderbolt posed rather nicely to allow a full and complete reading of her band:
The pair is currently raising 3 chicks. It is always a thrill to hear of "our" Columbus falcons doing well elsewhere in the Midwest!