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July 29, 2022: HD and HM on the Y-Branch.

Today DN15 and DN16 turn 129 and 128 days old. Last year, none of our camera operators reported seeing DN13 or DN14 at the North nest last year after August 14th. That got me curious, since we know the eaglets are beginning to wander prior to dispersal. I took a look at each year’s August map in two sections: one from August 1 through August 15, and one from August 16 through August 31. While most of our eaglets didn’t

Great Spirit Bluff: What’s going on and why don’t we remove the nest box?

June 15, 2022: A falcon below the bluff at Great Spirit Bluff

After three young falcons jumped out of the box at GSB yesterday, some followers are asking us to remove the nest box entirely. But based on our history, removing the box would make the site even more likely to fail. Here’s an explanation of Great Spirit Bluff’s successes, failures, and why we installed the nest box to begin with. Ledges, Raccoons, and Nest Boxes Back in 2003, RRP founder Bob Anderson was trying to figure out why a large cliff

June 14, 2022: Fall at Great Spirit Bluff

June 14, 2022: Falcon falls from Great Spirit Bluff

The falcons at Great Spirit Bluff have jumped out of the box. We originally thought that we were seeing some exploratory behavior, but it looks like the blackflies drove the youngest falcon out before the older two. We’ve been asked if we plan to go down and rescue them. For now, we’re leaving them alone. It is our experience that falcon parents will take care of their young by flying into the understory to find, feed, and defend them. We

Hatch at Great Spirit Bluff!

May 12, 2022: Newman meets his hatchlings

And then there were two! We have two peregrine falcon hatchlings at Great Spirit Bluff this morning and a third egg appears to be starting! Hatch number one happened at around 11:00 PM CT and hatch number two happened this morning at 6:06 AM CT. Congratulations to Newman and Zooey on another year at Great Spirit Bluff! 🎉🐣 Videos May 12, 2022: Second egg hatched and Newman meets them: https://youtu.be/3y44fxG5Zqw May 11, 2022: Eyass #1 hatched: https://youtu.be/9vjsT7R7vW4 Live stream https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/gsb-falcons/

Hatch has started at our Peregrine Falcon nests!

May 9, 2022: Peregrine Falcon hatchlings at Xcel Energy's High Bridge plant in St. Paul, MN

Hatch has started at our peregrine falcon nests! We have three hatchlings at Xcel Energy’s High Bridge plant in St. Paul, MN; four hatchlings at Dairyland Power’s Alma facility in Alma, WI; and four hatchlings at Great River Energy’s Elk River plant in Elk River, MN. Watch for hatch this week at: Minnesota Power Hibbard (estimated hatch date: Monday, May 10) Great Spirit Bluff (estimated hatch date: Tuesday, May 10) You can watch Great Spirit Bluff here: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/gsb-falcons/ or here:

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