GSB Falcons and Blogs

June 29, 2023: NestFlix!

June 29, 2023: DH2 considers fledging.

It’s time for NestFlix, so put your feet up on the bark-a-lounger, grab the popcorn, fix yourself a cold beverage, and get ready for videos from Decorah, Great Spirit Bluff, and the Flyway! In Decorah, DH2 is taking her sweet time to fledge and building skills and confidence as she hops, hovers, and branches ever higher in the tree. Great Spirit Bluff has been tough, but Jaycie P/60 survived last night’s attempted owl predation and it was wonderful to see

June 27, 2023: Flight training with the sibling squadron at Great Spirit Bluff!

June 23, 2023: Flight training with the sibling squadron!

Flight is instinctive, but skill is learned. At Great Spirit Bluff, peregrine falcon fledglings Thomas, Jaycie, and Kami are learning to hit moving targets in high-speed dives, turn and brake sharply in pursuit flights, and build muscle as they play and pursue one another, small birds, and Newman through the sky. In Falcon, Helen McDonald writes that falcons are playful in the nest, grabbing sticks, stones, and feathers in their feet, turning their heads upside down to watch buzzing flies

June 23, 2023: Peregrine Falcon Alice has Fledged!

June 23, 2023: Fledglings at Great Spirit bluff!

And then there were four! Peregrine falcon Alice, the last of Savanna’s eyasses, fledged yesterday at 6:57 PM. I loved her strong flapping and, as Tulsa pointed out, spring off the camera arm – just like an expert diver off the diving board. As of this post, Alice, Jaycie, and Kami are chilling on the top of the nest box, while Thomas is exploring the cedar perch. If you’d like to see Tulsa’s full fledge video, follow this link:

A difficult few days at Great Spirit Bluff

June 13, 2023: Newman and his young.

It’s been a difficult couple of days at Great Spirit Bluff. Falcon Savanna was attacked and likely killed by an owl on the morning of June 12. While we waited on tenterhooks for Newman to return, John looked for Savanna and we began talking about what to do if Newman was gone too. The little falcons turned 37 days old today and are just days – if that – from fledgling. It would be difficult to feed them without bumping

Four Hatchlings for Savanna and Newman!

May 10, 2023: Savanna feeds her new hatchlings.

Congratulations to Savanna and Newman on four hatchlings: the 49th, 50th, 51st, and 52nd falcons to hatch here! Savanna has excellent feeding and care instincts and Newman is keeping everyone supplied with as many birds as he can bring to the box. We’re keeping a close eye on them and looking forward to banding on May 27. To watch live, follow this link: Why don’t Savanna and Newman build a nest? Peregrine falcons do not build stick nests, although

May 8, 2023: What are we looking forward to this week?

May 8, 2023: HM's new slippers! HD2 is huddling beneath her on a rainy, wet morning in Decorah.

What are we looking forward to this week? We’ve got hatch at Great Spirit Bluff, nestling falcons at Alma, Great River Energy, and the Dubuque Courthouse, and some projected big nights on the Mississippi Flyway. Let’s break it down! Great Spirit Bluff Hatch has started at Great Spirit Bluff! Falcons normally begin full incubation after they lay their penultimate egg and it generally takes about thirty-three days from the onset of full incubation to the beginning of hatch. Savanna laid

Upcoming hatches!

May 12, 2022: Newman meets his hatchlings

We’re about to get very busy with peregrine falcon hatch! Dairyland Power’s Alma site already started hatch and those falcons are adorable! The rest of our hatch schedule looks something like this: Peregrine Falcons Great River Energy: Estimated hatch: Yesterday, although that camera is down right now. Great Spirit Bluff: Estimated hatch: May 6 US Bank La Crosse: Estimated hatch: May 11 Xcel Energy Allen S. King plant: Estimated hatch: May 15 MPL Hibbard plant: Estimated hatch: May 17 Red

March 30, 2023: First egg for Savanna and Newman; sixth egg for Mother Goose!

March 30, 2023: Savanna and Newman admire their egg!

We can’t keep up with the spring egg flood! Peregrine Falcon Savanna laid her first egg last night at Great Spirit Bluff and Mother Goose laid her sixth egg sometime before sunrise this morning. It’s still snowy and cold in some places, but spring has sprung in several of our nests! Note that Newman and Savanna are e-chupping. Peregrines e-chup when they are looking at another peregrine. They might e-chup softly to their mates or more loudly to an intruder.

March 20, 2023: NestFlix and News from Decorah and GSB!

March 20, 2023: HM and her eggs

We have your NestFlix! In Decorah, HD and HM care for their eggs and disagree about a shift change. The Bark-a-lounger is just too comfortable to leave! At GSB, we have meadowlark for breakfast and the return of Ralex Honnold (Raccoon Alex Honnold). Savanna isn’t happy about the raccoon and is absolutely ready to defend her nest box from any intruder. You go, Savanna! When will Savanna lay eggs? We don’t have a schedule for her, so we’ll be looking

March 20, 2023: What are we looking forward to this week?

March 20. 2023: HM glows in the bright, warm sunlight.

What are we looking forward to this week? On Friday, we’ll be hosting a movie night at Convergence Ciderworks in Decorah! Come watch EaglePower with John, Dave, and Amy, meet Dave’s Red-tailed Hawk Jewel, learn more about our programs, and drink delicious cider. Doors open at 5:30 and the program starts at 6pm. More here: We’re in what Bob used to call the incubation doldrums at our Decorah Hatchery and Xcel Energy Fort St. Vrain eagle nests. But we’re

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