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Falcon Watch - Farewell

This year two fledglings had to be rescued by volunteer peregrine nest monitor, Mr. Scott Wright. The picture above shows Soarer just after she rode the elevator with Mr. Wright and was placed back in her nest. When the juveniles first fledge, they fly to and from nearby ledges and roofs. This is Savvy…..…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on June 16, 2011 at 5:23am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - 3 Chicks Fly!

The girls have now joined their brother in fledging. Volunteer nest monitor Mr. Scott Wright tells us the young falcons have been “flapping machines” as they have been working to strengthen their muscles.

 

On Monday Mr. Wright had to rescue Soarer from the 4th floor roof of the Terminal Tower, which is directly below the nest, and then move her back to the 12th…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on June 8, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - First Chick Flies!

On Wednesday evening, Tower City Security called volunteer nest monitor Mr. Scott Wright to report that a juvenile falcon had been spotted on the ground in front of the building. The FalconCam caught an image of the juvenile just before it took off on its first flight.…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on June 3, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Falcon Watch - Chicks think about flying

Where have all the falcons gone? Out walking on the building’s ledges! (That’s Dad on the lower ledge watching 2 juveniles above).



If you’ve been watching the FalconCams lately, you know that the nest is empty much of the time. Here is someone out for a walk…..

And where has all the down gone? Going, going………………

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Added by Deborah Mathies on June 1, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - Big Chicks

The eyasses are changing very fast.



Here they are a few days ago showing more down …………

Now they are nearly as big as their parents and are beginning to step out of the nestbox and explore their skyscraper ledge. “Ledge-walking” scares…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on May 26, 2011 at 5:09am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - Celebrate Endangered Species Day Today

Today is Endangered Species Day. Last year, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring the third Friday of May each year to be celebrated as Endangered Species Day. We can celebrate by watching the peregrine falcons, a species that has recovered from near extinction and is a great success story.



What a difference a few days make! One…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on May 20, 2011 at 5:16am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - The Chicks are Banded

SW and Boomer’s eyasses were banded today by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Because peregrine falcons were on the List of Endangered Species for 30 years and because they are still rare, the birds are banded so that they may be tracked and studied in the future. Our thanks to the Ohio Division of Wildlife for their care of the species.



This year the steel…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on May 12, 2011 at 4:36am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - Name the Chicks

The Terminal Tower falcon eyasses will be banded by the Ohio Division of Wildlife on Wednesday, May 11th - and they need names.  The Ohio Division of Wildlife is giving us (along with others) the honor of submitting name suggestions, and we hope to have one of our names chosen – but it has to be a really good name for a falcon.  

 

Keep in…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on May 4, 2011 at 6:34am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - Chicks are growing

How many eyasses are in this bunch of fluff?  3 eggs have hatched.  It looks like the fourth will not, but this is not unusual.  Peregrine eyasses grow at an incredible rate.  By the time they are six weeks old they will be as big as their parents.   Each week you will notice changes in their appearance and behavior.  During the first week, the eyasses can’t do much -…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on May 2, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - 3 chicks!

Now there are 3 eyasses (the name for raptor young).  The third egg hatched early Tuesday and the little ones were fed breakfast  right away.

 

Volunteer nest monitor, Mr. Wright, tells us:  "The chicks will spend a great deal of time sleeping and huddled together for warmth.  What to look for..... You want to see each kid with two wings, two legs, two eyes and…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on April 28, 2011 at 9:54am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - First Hatch(es)!

SW and Boomer proudly announce the hatching of their first 2 eggs in 2011.  Falcon fans watched and waited throughout Earth Day, April 22, until the next morning and were very surprised to see TWO chicks had hatched. It may be that SW did not begin incubation until the second egg was laid, which would explain why 2 eggs hatched so close together in time.  Welcome to the…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on April 23, 2011 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Falcon Watch - Soon!

Earth Day is on April 22nd .  For the past few years, SW and her mate have helped us celebrate Earth Week with newly hatched chicks.  This year the fourth egg was laid on March 23rd, and incubation usually lasts 33 to 35 days from the date the last egg, or the second last, was laid.   When do you think the first egg will hatch?   

 

Right now you can look for signs that point towards hatching.  In the last few days before the hatch, the female often does…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on April 19, 2011 at 5:55am — No Comments

Falcon Watch

Incubating, egg-turning, patience………….



guarding the nest…..

and hunting for food……

SW and Boomer are doing a very good…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on April 12, 2011 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

Falcon Watch - Incubation

It looks like SW has finished laying eggs - we hope that all 4 will hatch.  Incubation usually lasts 33 to 35 days from the date the last egg, or the second last, was laid. As you monitor the FalconCam during incubation, you will almost always see a parent covering the precious eggs, and you will see a lot of pictures that look like this:…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on March 30, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - 4 eggs

There are 4 eggs in the nestbox.

SW usually has 4 eggs, and most peregrines have…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on March 25, 2011 at 6:25am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - First Egg!

As dawn was breaking this morning, SW flew into the nestbox and laid her first egg. Congratulations, SW and Boomer!

SW usually has 4 eggs, and most peregrines have three or four eggs.  Some young females may produce less and some females may have five or even seven eggs, but it seems to be difficult for most peregrine parents to keep up with feeding more than 4…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on March 16, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - Guarding the nesting territory

This nesting season falcon fans have been worried about challenges to Boomer and SW for their nest.  Here is SW’s new mate, Boomer.

SW’s mate from last year, Ranger, was in rehabilitation for many months after suffering serious head injuries and was finally released after his recovery in January.  There is always the worry that Ranger will try to retake his…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on March 9, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - courtship

The 2011 peregrine falcon nesting season is underway at Boomer and SW's home sweet home located on the 12th floor ledge of a skyscraper called "Tower City" in downtown Cleveland, Ohio (look for red label showing nestbox location).…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on March 4, 2011 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Falcon Watch - nesting season begins

Welcome to the 2011 "Falcon Watch" about the peregrine falcon - fastest creature on earth! We will study and watch one peregrine falcon family during nesting season, approximately late February into June. There has been a nestbox on the 12th floor of "Tower City" in Cleveland, Ohio since 1991.



SW is the resident mother falcon……   …

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Added by Deborah Mathies on March 1, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

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