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 friends at Minnesota Power and Light put their falcon cams on youtube! They can be watched on the MPL site at https://www.mnpower.com/Environment/FalconCam or at our site at https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/minnesota-power-and-light-falcons/. We usually begin seeing falcons in mid-February at Cohasset. Falcons are often seen through the winter in Duluth, so we might see the Hibbard falcons sooner than that. For a look at Duluth’s December-February peregrine sightings, click this link: http://bit.ly/2sIhmX3. If you see a falcon on either of these cams, please
With the laying of eggs at Xcel Energy’s Fort St. Vrain site, our season has begun! Look for a semi-regular round-up of news from around our nests! Xcel Energy Fort St. Vrain: Ma and Pa FSV laid egg number one on Sunday, February 12! It was first seen at 10:08PM MT and was probably laid not long before that. They laid egg number two on February 15 at 9:34PM, and we are waiting for egg #3. Assuming everything is going
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,