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State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« on: February 25, 2015, 06:23 »
Joel Jorgensen  February 24, 2015   Nongame Bird Blog

We received news today from our partners at the Woodmen Building that a new male Peregrine Falcon was spotted at the nestbox in downtown Omaha. The shocking news was the band combination was very familiar, black over green and the letters 19/K.  This alphanumeric band belongs to the male Peregrine Falcon that has been one half of the nesting pair present at the Nebraska Capitol since 2005!

Photo and more info
http://neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/02/peregrine-falcon-shocker/

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2015, 22:46 »
On March 7, there was a territorial battle in the Woodmen nest box between 19/K and his son, Mintaka. 19/K lost the battle.

He is now back at the Lincoln nest. I saw a bird at the nest on March 12; it was a misty/foggy day, but I am pretty sure it was 19/K.

 

Link to a video of the territorial battle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSY68tnPWhk

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2015, 09:36 »
YIKES! That was quite the battle in the nest box! Father against son & the "old man" lost out! I can see how the birds could get really injured. Claws over each other's faces! A bird could easily lose an eye! :o

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2015, 09:30 »
RCF - you watch the Lincoln site quite regularly - can you remember if Alley's coloured (black) band was intact or if it looked like one of the rivets was failing?

The reason I ask is that I was thinking about the Omaha female and that she has a silver leg band.  The Midwest folks have used the pink anodized bands for awhile whereas we (Canada) have stuck to the unanodized silver bands.  There have been a couple of resident birds that have lost their coloured bands in the past and I wondered if perhaps 19/K's time in Omaha was because Alley (sans black band) was there and I couldn't remember if Omaha's Hera was unbanded or just had a silver band ....

thanks RCF!

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2015, 19:15 »
RCF - you watch the Lincoln site quite regularly - can you remember if Alley's coloured (black) band was intact or if it looked like one of the rivets was failing?

The reason I ask is that I was thinking about the Omaha female and that she has a silver leg band.  The Midwest folks have used the pink anodized bands for awhile whereas we (Canada) have stuck to the unanodized silver bands.  There have been a couple of resident birds that have lost their coloured bands in the past and I wondered if perhaps 19/K's time in Omaha was because Alley (sans black band) was there and I couldn't remember if Omaha's Hera was unbanded or just had a silver band ....

thanks RCF!

This screen capture is from this year and her band looks fine.


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2015, 19:58 »
Thanks RCF, I must be thinking of another bird somewhere ... at least we know she's back safe and sound.  :)

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2015, 23:51 »
RCF - you watch the Lincoln site quite regularly - can you remember if Alley's coloured (black) band was intact or if it looked like one of the rivets was failing?

The reason I ask is that I was thinking about the Omaha female and that she has a silver leg band.  The Midwest folks have used the pink anodized bands for awhile whereas we (Canada) have stuck to the unanodized silver bands.  There have been a couple of resident birds that have lost their coloured bands in the past and I wondered if perhaps 19/K's time in Omaha was because Alley (sans black band) was there and I couldn't remember if Omaha's Hera was unbanded or just had a silver band ....

thanks RCF!
Not RCF, but I wanted to mention a couple of things about the Omaha situation.

You are right, the Omaha female, Hera, has a silver USFWS band on the right leg and no band on the left leg. She was an unbanded bird when she first came to Omaha, and was given the silver band when she was in rehab after being seriously injured some years ago.

I am pretty sure that Alley remained in Lincoln while 19/K was in Omaha.

Near the beginning of the video of the battle, a female flies in and lands on the edge of the nest. The video is not clear, but I thought I could just distinguish a silver band on the right leg, so I thought it was Hera, in her tenth year at the nest.



However, it seems that there is now a new, unbanded female at the Woodmen nest. The Woodmen cams were down from September 9 of last year until earlier this month, so there is no way to know what might have happened during that time.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2015, 23:54 »
Two at the nest on March 16:

 

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2015, 12:59 »
Thanks for the updates Alison - and for helping to clear up my confusion about Hera!  :)

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2015, 21:28 »
Bonding at the nest:

 



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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2015, 12:20 »
 :-*
 


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2015, 22:32 »
Great pics, RCF, especially the last one!

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2015, 18:27 »
Male Peregrine Falcon identified

Confirming the identity of the male this year is a bit intriguing compared to previous years as our long-time resident male, 19/K, was spotted at the Woodmen nest box in Omaha in February and apparently got in quite a fight with his progeny, Mintaka, there in March.  Well, I am pleased to report we were able to confirm the identity of both birds.

More info and photos at this link

http://neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/03/male-peregrine-falcon-identified/

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2015, 18:12 »
Peregrine Falcons welcome first egg of 2015
 
The Peregrine Falcons at the Capitol just welcomed there first eggs on Tuesday afternoon (March 31). 

http://neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/03/peregrine-falcons-welcome-first-egg-of-2015/




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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2015, 18:20 »
Nice!!  One of my favorite nests:)