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Offline Alison

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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.  Letís 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 hadnít 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 canít get out of is not clear.  Why a Peregrine Falcon canít 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 ďcrevice,Ē 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 fallís 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, letís 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