Our banding season starts Monday, but we have hatch going on at several of our nests. Here’s a rundown on who’s hatched, who has yet to hatch, and other nest events! Falcons spend a lot less time in the nest than eagles, so be sure to check them out now! American Kestrels Four kestrels hatched on May 22 and one hatched on May 23. Watch the kestrels while you can – they fledge between 28 and 31 days of age!
Falcons are laying eggs all over! Here’s the tally so far, along with some hatch guesstimations. Hatch usually happens 33 days after the first egg, although it can be a tiny bit earlier or a little later. Great Spirit Bluff: Michelle and Newman Michelle has laid four eggs Hatch guesstimate: Friday, May 10 https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/gsb-falcons/ https://explore.org/livecams/raptor-resource-project/peregrine-falcon-cam Dairyland Power Genoa: Peta and Marcelle Peta has laid four eggs Hatch guesstimate: Saturday, May 4 https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/dairyland-power-falcon-cams/ http://www.dairylandpower.com/content/bird-cam Dairyland Power Alma: Adeline and Kiwi Adeline
Our sharp-eyed mods and watchers spotted a pip in the second egg at Decorah this morning! Video here (and don’t miss D29 biting Mom’s feathers): https://youtu.be/vWGr_DJdhws The spring egg flood is here, with eggs at Great Spirit Bluff, Dairyland Power Genoa, US Bank La Crosse (this nest can be watched from a monitor in the bank’s lobby), Great River Energy, and Bay State Milling! We’re still waiting for first eggs at Xcel Energy’s King plant and we hope to have Xcel
Decorah and Fort St. Vrain As of 5:48PM CT last night, we had two eggs in Decorah! Mom laid her 31st egg on this territory in a cold, drizzly rained that turned to snow as she slept. This makes three eggs at Fort St. Vrain and two in Decorah. If Mom lays another egg (she tends to lay three eggs), it will most likely come on February 28. Her first and second eggs tend to be two to three days
What a year it has been! Our banding season stretched from late May to early July this year, although a combination of black flies, hippoboscids, extreme weather, and reduced productivity caused our numbers to fall. In 2017, we banded 58 falcons at 22 sites as compared to 77 falcons at 25 sites in 2016. We also replaced cameras and microphones at many of our nests, started a new partnership with Explore to provide an ads-free stream of the Decorah Eagles,