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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!

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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:)

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2015, 18:43 »
holy cats, that was quick!! Well done Alley and 19K!  And well done RCF - you always manage to get THE shot  :D

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2015, 20:13 »
Congratulations to Alley and 19/K!



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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2015, 08:58 »
Two eggs this morning



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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2015, 13:26 »
I'm glad last year's losses didn't put them off ...

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2015, 11:39 »
Three eggs


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2015, 20:01 »
Four eggs


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2015, 23:13 »
4 eggs! Thanks great news! :D

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2015, 11:21 »
Fingers crossed for perfect weather from hatch to a month after fledging for these two - they (and their chicks) deserve it after the last couple of years.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2015, 18:53 »
For those who may be having trouble accessing this webcam, I think the site has been hacked.  If you check the comments below, they are weird poker etc sites and if you try to click on the link to the blog or the webcam, the URL that comes up I believe is not valid.

I would suggest that folks not try too hard to dig around on this site, rather wait a bit and keep an eye on the comment section at the bottom of the main page - when that is cleaned up the rest should be up and operating as well.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2015, 21:14 »
For those who may be having trouble accessing this webcam, I think the site has been hacked...

Grrr!!! Same thing happened at the Charles Sturt University website "down under" last year. >:(

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2015, 09:28 »
I was checking out the Nebraska site and couldn't easily get on with my usual link to the cam so as I was surfing around the Nebraska government site I found this link which was new to me, but likely not for those of you who watch this site much more regularly than I do.

http://neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/03/peregrine-webcam-click/  

It shows both cams at once which I quite like and if you click on the bottom right corner (there is an arrow icon there) on either of the images it makes them full screen.

By size it looks to me like 19K incubating the eggs at the moment - it is pouring rain there and he is tucked down tight and flat on the eggs.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #26 on: May 10, 2015, 18:21 »
First hatch here this afternoon. I haven't seen the baby yet but can see the broken egg shell.  :-*


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2015, 19:20 »
Finally got to see the baby.  :)

 

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #28 on: May 11, 2015, 18:29 »
First hatch here this afternoon...

Just in time for Mother's Day! :D

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2015, 20:26 »
Caught a feed this evening

 

Baby has a full crop


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2015, 19:00 »
From Joel Jorgensen on the blog today:

Another after hours rescue

First off, there is the need to acknowledge it is all but certain only one egg out of the original four is going to hatch this year.  This outcome is a little bit of a surprise, but it does mean the parents can direct all their attention on the single eyas.  Let’s hope for good things.  The youngster is still only a few days old so it certainly needs a lot of care and attention from its parents.  If one of the parents got in a jam, or worse, and was unable to devote its time and energy to the young chick, there could be unfortunate consequences.  That was my concern when I received a call from the State Patrol at the Capitol around 6 p.m. that a Peregrine Falcon was trapped on the 14th floor observation deck.

I was headed back to Lincoln after being out of the office all day when I received the call.  Thus, it took me about 45 minutes to get to the Capitol.  Since the Peregrine Falcon was first observed late in the day, I had no idea how long the bird had been trapped.  Also, since I was away from my computer all day, I was unaware whether the absence of one of the adults was noted by Peregrine webcam watchers.   I also did not know whether it was the male or female Peregrine Falcon that was trapped.  Once I arrived and the State Patrolman escorted me to the 14th floor, the situation became clear.




With a towel and a pair of gloves, I quickly apprehended the prisoner.  It was the female, Alley (A/Y), and this was a concern to me since female Peregrine Falcons spend most of their time tending to the young chicks while the male Peregrine Falcon of a pair hunts and brings food.  Alley was spry and after making sure she hadn’t suffered any injuries, we quickly headed to the 18th floor for a release back to freedom.



Peregrine Falcons will occasionally get trapped on the Capitol.  You may remember last September the male, 19/K, also got himself trapped on the 14th floor observation deck and required an after hours rescue.  Why does this happen?  Well, how a bird initially gets into a space he or she can’t get out of is not clear.  Why a Peregrine Falcon can’t get out is readily apparent.  A simple way to think about this is that Peregrine Falcons are built like a fighter jet, not a helicopter.  Thus, if they happen to fall into some sort of space that is essentially a “crevice,” they are unable to escape by flying vertically. They are unable to fly straight up from a resting position and instead need space to fly horizontally.

Unlike last fall’s rescue, this event occurred at a critical time.  Fortunately, all signs suggest that there will be no long term negative consequences to Alley or the eyas.  It appears that Alley was only trapped for a short period.  Also, weather conditions were favorable, temperatures were around 70, and winds were relatively calm.   If this event happened during a period of inclement weather and the female was unable to protect and warm the eyas, it could have been bad.  Fortunately, bad luck did not find the birds this time around, let’s hope that continues.


Photos are from the blog.

http://neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/05/another-after-hours-rescue/

I hope Alley is none the worse for her experience, and that the little chick is okay.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2015, 19:37 »
Pics from the live cam a few minutes ago:

 

When posting the blog article, I changed the spelling of Alley's name from "Ally" to "Alley".

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #32 on: May 15, 2015, 20:04 »

I'm very thankful State Patrol saw how Alley was trapped, and that Joel was able to rescue her.

Thank you for keeping us updated Alison.


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2015, 20:25 »
Alley just fed her little one and it was stuffed full.  ;D  :-*

 

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #34 on: May 15, 2015, 20:59 »

I can only imagine how Alley felt while unable to care for her chick.

It's so nice to see photos of the happy ending. Thank you Alison and RCF.

I'm wondering if anyone was watching to know when the chick was last fed (or when Alley was last seen before becoming trapped)?


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #35 on: May 16, 2015, 10:09 »
Chick was 5 days old when Alley got trapped and the weather conditions were good so I wouldn't have any worries about the chick.  We have had parents leave their chicks for hours in good weather at this age and a bit older even though they can't thermoregulate.  And that nestbox is good, not too much sun at midday.  Many years ago, chicks died at this site due to the reflection off nearby windows.  My recollection is that they moved the nestbox so it couldn't occur again.

Thanks for posting the story RCF!  Nice to know even really good sites have problem areas and folks watching out just in case.  :)

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #36 on: May 16, 2015, 10:58 »
Many years ago, chicks died at this site due to the reflection off nearby windows.  My recollection is that they moved the nestbox so it couldn't occur again.

Thanks for posting the story RCF!  Nice to know even really good sites have problem areas and folks watching out just in case.  :)
TPC, do you remember what year that was? I have been watching this site since 2005, when the cam was first installed, and I don't recall chicks being lost at this site for that reason. That did happen at the Woodmen site in the early years, when all four chicks died one year due to excess heat out on the ledge. As a result, a roof was installed on one of the two nest boxes there.

By the way, I was the one who posted the article above.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #37 on: May 16, 2015, 11:01 »
I'm wondering if anyone was watching to know when the chick was last fed (or when Alley was last seen before becoming trapped)?
It's a good question, burdi. I noticed Joel Jorgensen was wondering the same thing. I saw Alley settled for the night in the nest in the late evening of May 13. Every time I tried to access the site on May 14, Flash crashed instantly, so I never did see either of the birds. Hopefully someone else did.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #38 on: May 16, 2015, 11:21 »
Alley and her chick a few minutes ago; I think they both look good.



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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #39 on: May 16, 2015, 15:04 »
TPC, do you remember what year that was? I have been watching this site since 2005, when the cam was first installed, and I don't recall chicks being lost at this site for that reason. That did happen at the Woodmen site in the early years, when all four chicks died one year due to excess heat out on the ledge. As a result, a roof was installed on one of the two nest boxes there.

Ah nuts, I got my Nebraskas mixed up.  Funny, I was remembering it was another Manitoba female but didn't even twig it was the wrong the location  :P   It was 1997, and Winnie from (you guessed it) Winnipeg was paired with the famous Zeus at Woodmen in Omaha.  There are two different causes of death which have been reported - heatstroke due to reflected light and "suspected poisoning".  Guess it could have been either - never did hear if a necropsy was done on the chicks and "suspected" would seem to imply never confirmed which in turn would seem to imply no necropsy.


By the way, I was the one who posted the article above.

Nuts squared, sorry Alison, was scrolling and reading quickly before I had to head out.  Thank you to Alison for posting the article  ;) And Alison and RCF for keeping a close eye on this nestsite!

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #40 on: May 16, 2015, 15:06 »
I have been watching this site since 2005, when the cam was first installed ...

That was Alley's first year there ... ah, where does the time fly?  She only had one chick that first year too ...

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #41 on: May 16, 2015, 15:43 »
There are two different causes of death which have been reported - heatstroke due to reflected light and "suspected poisoning".  Guess it could have been either - never did hear if a necropsy was done on the chicks and "suspected" would seem to imply never confirmed which in turn would seem to imply no necropsy.

I had not heard about the "suspected poisoning" theory. I had heard that it was extremely hot, and there was no shelter on the ledge for the chicks. I also heard nothing about whether or not a necropsy was done.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #42 on: May 16, 2015, 15:44 »
I have been watching this site since 2005, when the cam was first installed ...

That was Alley's first year there ... ah, where does the time fly?  She only had one chick that first year too ...
And that was Pioneer. I wonder whatever happened to him.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #43 on: May 24, 2015, 10:44 »
Alley and 19K's little one this morning.  :-*

Short video~ https://youtu.be/BhKQ5pRb4B8



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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #44 on: May 24, 2015, 11:15 »
Oh, that is a nice looking little chick ...  :D

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #45 on: May 24, 2015, 15:03 »
What a little cutie!  :-* (But that can be said of every peregrine falcon chick.)

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #46 on: May 27, 2015, 19:48 »

 

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #47 on: May 28, 2015, 09:39 »
Oh, that is definitely one of our grand-kids  ;)
You can just tell that little darling is going to be a heartbreaker ;D

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #48 on: May 28, 2015, 23:37 »
That chick sure is well fed! :o

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #49 on: May 29, 2015, 10:56 »
The chick was banded this morning....it's a boy!

   

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #50 on: May 29, 2015, 13:29 »
Official News from Nongame Bird Blog 
Capitol’s Peregrine Falcon chick banded
Joel Jorgensen  May 29, 2015   

http://neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/05/capitols-peregrine-falcon-chick-banded/



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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #51 on: May 29, 2015, 14:08 »
Such a beautiful little chick!

He is banded black/red P/45.





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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #52 on: May 29, 2015, 21:04 »

Thank you for the great updates Alison and RCF. He’s so beautiful, and looks very well fed. :)


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #53 on: May 29, 2015, 21:24 »
Oh, that is definitely one of our grand-kids  ;)
You can just tell that little darling is going to be a heartbreaker ;D

You sound like a proud grandma TPC (with good reason of course).     

And just look at those big fluffy wings! :D


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #55 on: June 10, 2015, 11:23 »
Alley sunbathing and the little chick taking it easy on a beautiful sunny morning:



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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #56 on: June 10, 2015, 14:50 »
Alley sunbathing and the little chick taking it easy on a beautiful sunny morning:

Such a nice picture.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #57 on: June 11, 2015, 23:19 »
The names have all been submitted for the Name the Chick contest here.
Voting hasn't started yet, but it is suppose to run until sometime on the 19th with the winning name announced on the 22nd.

If you want to keep up to date on the contest keep an eye on the Nongame Bird Blog

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #58 on: June 15, 2015, 22:05 »
The chick was in the nest yesterday, but today is gone from the nest. No sign of him; hope he is safe wherever he is.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #59 on: June 16, 2015, 07:35 »
He's on the other side of the nest on a pillar. He was practising this morning.  ;D

From Sunday


Video of him from early this morning

https://youtu.be/kwDXvE0SQMU


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #60 on: June 16, 2015, 09:17 »
Great catch with that video RCF!  Definitely right place at the right time - well done!  :D

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #61 on: June 16, 2015, 20:01 »
From  the Nongame Bird Blog by Joel Jorgensen

Big Peregrine news – a new Nebraska nest!

So Nebraska only has two pairs of nesting Peregrine Falcons, correct?  Well, not anymore……

I was recently contacted by Laura King-Homan of the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) who informed me that they have a pair of Peregrine Falcons nesting on their smokestack at their power plant located in north Omaha.  I was aware they had placed a nest box on a smokestack years ago and had recently observed at least one adult Peregrine Falcon in the area, but the news that birds were nesting and actually have young came as a big, albeit pleasant, surprise.

http://neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/06/big-peregrine-news-new-nebraska-nest/



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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #62 on: June 16, 2015, 22:34 »
That's great news!  :D

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #63 on: June 22, 2015, 18:56 »
There is wonderful news about the new north Omaha nest today.

From the blog:

Last week, I blogged about the new Peregrine Falcon nest site at Omaha Public Power District’s (OPPD) power station in north Omaha (be sure to check out OPPD’s falcon webpage HERE).  There was also a nice story in the Omaha World-Herald.  In the post, I stated one of the adults was banded but a photo of sufficient quality allowing the alphanumeric band to be read had not been acquired.  Thus, the identity of the bird was unknown.  Laura King-Homan of OPPD sent me a photo this morning taken by Andrew Roger which clearly shows the band.  The band is black or over red, with the alphanumeric combination “90” over “B”.  I did not have to search long and far to figure out the identity of the banded Peregrine Falcon.  In fact, I have been in the bird’s company on a previous occasion.



Photo by Andrew Roger/Omaha Public Power District.

The OPPD bird is “Clark” a male hatched and raised at the Nebraska Capitol in 2012.  You may remember this post about Clark’s sibling, Lewis, being observed at the Woodlands, Texas, during the winter of 2014.  Read more about Clark and his offspring on OPPD’s website.



Clark is the one in front. Photo by  Scott Taylor, NGPC.

Clark is now the fifth Peregrine Falcon to be raised at the Capitol and re-sighted as an adult.   A full rundown of the Capitol’s thriving grown-ups is as follows:

    Boreas – hatched in 2007 and is currently the resident male at the Westar Energy facility in Topeka, Kansas.
    Nemaha – hatched in 2009 and is currently the mate of Boreas.
    Mintaka – hatched in 2010 and is currently the resident male at the Woodmen in Omaha.
    Lewis – hatched in 2012 and sighted at the Woodlands, Texas in early 2014.
    Clark – hatched in 2012 and is the resident male at Nebraska’s new nest site at OPPD’s north Omaha power station.

The pair at the Capitol must have good genes or is doing something right when raising youngsters, because this is a pretty good showing for one pair.  Will there be any more?  Stay tuned.


http://neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/06/big-peregrine-news-gets-bigger/

Well done, Clark, and well done, Alley and 19/K, for doing such a great job of raising your chicks. May there be many more.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #64 on: June 22, 2015, 21:40 »
The pair at the Capitol must have good genes or is doing something right when raising youngsters, because this is a pretty good showing for one pair.  Will there be any more?  Stay tuned.[/i]

Are we really surprised that Alley has good genes?  The Trey + Princess genetic magic is still working!

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #65 on: June 23, 2015, 17:02 »

Are we really surprised that Alley has good genes?  The Trey + Princess genetic magic is still working!
Not one bit!

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #66 on: June 24, 2015, 13:31 »
Father and son, both looking good:

 

 



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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #67 on: June 24, 2015, 13:37 »
From the blog today:

Falcon name to be announced Friday at Capitol

After a great deal of anticipation and a little bit of a delay, I’m thrilled to broadcast we will be announcing the winning entry and introducing the winners of the Peregrine Falcon “name-the-chick” contest at a public event at the Capitol on Friday afternoon.   Specifically, we will be gathering for a brief ceremony on the north steps of the Capitol at 1 p.m.  In case of rain, we will move to the 14th floor rotunda.


How quickly he has changed.

Left, at banding. Right, looking as if he owns the Capitol. (Photo by Jeanne Hibbert)

 


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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #69 on: June 26, 2015, 17:53 »
There is now an update on the blog about today's naming of the chick. Looks like it was a really nice ceremony, and a fitting way to honour Officer Orozco.

And so here we are at the end.  It has been a fun Peregrine Falcon season. Today’s ceremony at the Capitol announcing the winning entry for the ‘name-the-chick’ contest was a great way to put an exclamation point on it all. In fact, it made it special because it was about a lot more than Peregrine Falcons.

We had a great “name-the-chick” contest this year, with 507 initial suggestions and then 1,560 votes cast to select the winner from five finalists. After the votes were tallied, one name stood out, capturing nearly 80% of all votes cast by the public. The young male Peregrine Falcon hatched and raised at the Capitol in 2015 will, from this point forward, be known as Orozco.

Four individuals submitted Orozco and their names are as follows:
   
  • State Senator Kate Bolz of Lincoln
   
  • Amanda Horner of Lincoln
   
  • Omaha Police Sergeant Matt Manhart of Omaha
   
  • Rebecca McCoy of Lincoln



Winners of the 2015 “name-the-chick” contest with the author on the far left and NGPC Deputy Director Tim McCoy on the far right.  Winners (holding their certificates), from right-to-left, were State Senator Kate Bolz, Rebecca McCoy, Omaha Police Sergeant Matt Manhart and Amanda Horner. Congratulations to each of them!!  NEBRASKAland photo.

The winning name obviously honors the memory of fallen Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco. The tragedy which occurred on 20 May 2015 in Omaha impacted citizens throughout our state and across our country. It was a privilege to be able to honor Officer Orozco, today, and it was special that our winners included a state senator and an Omaha Police Officer.

Now, we hope the best for Orozco. He is the 22nd Peregrine Falcon to be fledged at the Capitol and he appears to be thriving.  He will hang around the Capitol for several more weeks as he is still dependent on his parents. Sometime in late summer or early fall, he is expected to go out on his own into the great unknown. I am hopeful, in a couple years, we will hear from Orozco again when he settles down and is sighted as an adult falcon.

Thanks to everyone that participated in the naming contest and to everyone that came out today, it was a great ceremony!


http://neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/06/and-the-peregrine-falcons-name-is/

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #70 on: July 20, 2015, 01:28 »
The little juvie continues to visit the nest. In the second pic, he is in flight, visible as a brown blur just to the left of the nest.

 

 

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #71 on: July 20, 2015, 01:29 »
A visit from 19/K:



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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #72 on: August 10, 2015, 00:53 »
The cams were down for a while; just before they went down 19/K paid a visit to the nest.

   

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #73 on: August 10, 2015, 00:56 »
A little while later, Orozco also visited the nest. Like his Dad, he was contemplating a nap.

   

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #74 on: August 10, 2015, 16:18 »
Love the photo sequences Alison - thanks!!!  :D :-*

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #75 on: December 29, 2015, 15:21 »
The Lincoln page which has the webcams has been down for months. The page is back now, but so far the cams are not active.

However, there is good news from Joel Jorgensen.

In December of last year, Lewis, a son of Alley and 19/K, was spotted in Texas.

This December, he has been seen again. It seems that Lewis likes this part of Texas.

Peregrine Falcon news from Texas

December 28, 2015


Faithful Peregrine Falcon followers will remember that about a year ago big news came out of Texas regarding one of the Capitol’s birds.  Lewis, a male hatched in 2012, was spotted at the Anadarko Petroleum building in The Woodlands near Houston.  After not hearing anything about Lewis for several months, he was recently spotted again at the Anadarko building.

The following photo of Lewis was taken today (28 December) by Linda Kuhn.




Lewis was one of two offspring produced by the Capitol’s Peregrine Falcon pair in 2012.  The other bird fledged that year was Clark (hence, Lewis and Clark), who was found nesting at the Omaha Public Power District’s North Omaha power station in 2015.

Great news Clark is doing well.


I cropped the image so that it would not be reduced too much. Lewis looks as handsome as ever; I wonder if he might have taken up residence in Texas. It's good to know that both chicks from 2012 are continuing to do well.

http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/12/peregrine-news-from-texas/
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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #76 on: December 30, 2015, 01:55 »
A number of our migration sightings (excluding transmitter reports) of Manitoba birds have been from Texas so not really surprising that he is taking the same route south as his northern cousins and potentially his mother.  However, we've not had one of our birds ID'd in Houston, they seem to prefer stopping further west.  Malala is Lewis' third cousin and she was caught on South Padre Island (southwest of Houston) this fall.  Lewis' aunt was Vesper who was ID'd in San Antonio and Bogart was his first cousin and he spent a lot of time along the Texas coastal wetlands on his first migration.

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #77 on: December 31, 2015, 10:58 »
A number of our migration sightings (excluding transmitter reports) of Manitoba birds have been from Texas so not really surprising that he is taking the same route south as his northern cousins and potentially his mother.  However, we've not had one of our birds ID'd in Houston, they seem to prefer stopping further west.  Malala is Lewis' third cousin and she was caught on South Padre Island (southwest of Houston) this fall.  Lewis' aunt was Vesper who was ID'd in San Antonio and Bogart was his first cousin and he spent a lot of time along the Texas coastal wetlands on his first migration.

Good information, TPC, thank you. I remember Vesper, but am not sure about Bogart?

The Midwest Peregrine Society has also posted the same update about Lewis, with the comment:

Looks like he's got his winter home figured out. Great news about Nebraska boy.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1189711741057963&id=354352871260525

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Re: State Capitol - 2015 / 19K & Alley
« Reply #78 on: December 31, 2015, 23:31 »
Good information, TPC, thank you. I remember Vesper, but am not sure about Bogart?

Bogart is one of our 2013 Brandon chicks - his nestmates were Spencer and Kelly.
2013 was a good year for surviving chicks - Spencer & Sundance (Logan) were north of Winnipeg, Kelly was in Winnipeg, Andamooka (West Winnipeg) was in Regina and Marv (Annie's son from Fargo) was in Grand Forks.