A Thanksgiving message from the Raptor Resource Project. A lot has changed since I wrote this in 2016, but we remain true to our core mission and I am even more thankful today for RRP and our volunteers and supporters than I was in 2016. I found myself in an unusually reflective mood earlier this week. November 23rd was Bob Anderson’s birthday. It seemed like a good time to take stock of where the Raptor Resource Project has been, where
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!
So what’s on the menu at Fort St. Vrain? While we were up in the nest, I decided to collect prey remains. We don’t have the necessary permits to take feathers (of which I found only two, both belonging to prey), but there were plenty of skulls and a few turtle shells. I got them home, laid them out on a table, and started ID’ing them. Some Moms bring home t-shirts and postcards. I bring home skulls and photos of
A falcon on six eggs? That is what we appear to have at Xcel Energy’s Sherco plant in Becker, Minnesota! The first four eggs laid here were fully pigmented, but the last two are lighter in color and easily identifiable. A few possibilities: The falcon is incubating four eggs laid this spring and two eggs laid last spring. Last year’s resident falcon laid four eggs, but none of them hatched. Two of them appeared to have survived the winter and
We are sad to announce that the Fort St. Vrain eaglets perished on April 16, 2016, during a rain/snow storm. Their parents were not able to adequately cover them and thermal down doesn’t provide much protection from wet weather. Before the camera was turned off, the parents were witnessed beginning to consume their young. This is a very normal behavior for bald eagles. Perhaps human watchers can take comfort in the thought they they are moving past their losses. While