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Offline burdi

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Re: MN / Great Spirit Bluff - 2016 / Travis & Michelle
« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2016, 14:41 »

The new male here is "Newman".

Update below the Ustream cam:

Great Spirit Bluff falcons are back! We have a new HD nest box camera that has been working well. It is amazing the difference that HD technology makes. We thank A2Z Security Cameras for their help and support!

4/8/16: Michelle is paired with a new unbanded adult male falcon this year. The Howe family has nicknamed him Newman. That we know of, Travis did not return. Michelle is sitting on four eggs right now. We anticipate hatch to begin around May 3rd.

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Re: MN / Great Spirit Bluff - 2016 / Travis & Michelle
« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2016, 14:52 »

Chicks have been returned to nest; Michelle is on the perch. :)


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Re: MN / Great Spirit Bluff - 2016 / Travis & Michelle
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2016, 16:15 »

You can still watch how they had to rappel down the cliff to retrieve chicks on "explore.org" cam, as it allows viewers to look back about 4 hours.  8)

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Re: MN / Great Spirit Bluff - 2016 / Travis & Michelle
« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2016, 20:21 »
 

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MN / Great Spirit Bluff - 2017 / Newman & ?
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2017, 13:53 »
2017 NESTING SEASON

Reports from Raptor Resource Project on their Facebook page shows an early arrival of a falcon, believed to be the male Newman. Hope this is an indication that we too, will have early arrivals. I can only hope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v8DbgaYlrc&feature=youtu.be


Live cam..........

http://www.ustream.tv/greatspiritblufffalcons
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Re: Minnesota / Great Spirit Bluff - 2017 / Newman & Michelle
« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2017, 15:04 »
TPC, I commented on their Facebook page and they responded.

I hope that means our resident falcons will also return early here in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)
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Raptor Resource Project
Raptor Resource Project I'm wondering if this is one of ours or a migrant passing through! Perhaps you already know this, but one of the first Winnepeg falcons (Maud) was a daughter of MF-1. Although many more falcons have been produced there since, I like to think there is a tie between because of that.

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Re: Minnesota / Great Spirit Bluff - 2017 / Newman & Michelle
« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2017, 09:20 »
The resident falcons have been confirmed as Michelle and Newman. The first arrival was Newman, followed by and unnamed female from St Louis, Mo. There was some canoodling which ended when Michelle arrived and chased St. Louis girl away. Michelle has reclaimed her man and her nest.

http://www.ustream.tv/greatspiritblufffalcons

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Re: Minnesota / Great Spirit Bluff - 2017 / Newman & Michelle
« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2017, 06:16 »
The 1st egg was evident this morning. Judging by her behavior yesterday, there was little doubt this would happen overnight at the latest.

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Re: Minnesota / Great Spirit Bluff - 2017 / Newman & Michelle
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2017, 08:17 »
Congratulations to Michelle and Newman on their first egg, laid during the night.

The egg this morning:



Video from the site:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/101487405

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Re: Minnesota / Great Spirit Bluff - 2017 / Newman & Michelle
« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2017, 13:48 »
At this site, four eggs were laid by Michelle. All eggs/chicks hatched but sadly, two have succumbed to  airways clogged by insects. This was posted on their Facebook timeline.

Raptor Resource Project
May 23 at 7:49am ·
"We are aware of the two dead eyass falcons at Great Spirit Bluff and are planning a recovery tomorrow, weather permitting. We believe that insects may have clogged their airways, causing them to suffocate, but we can't know for sure unless we recover the carcasses. We will also try to capture some of the insects while we are down there. We've called them black flies and buffalo gnats, but black flies come in roughly 30 species in Minnesota and it would be helpful to know what we are dealing with."
Some information on black flies:
Perdue University: This page includes life cycle information and a broad discussion about black flies - https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publichea…/…/blackfly.html
University of Minnesota: Black flies in Minnesota - https://www.extension.umn.edu/gar…/insects/find/black-flies/
We've had black fly problems here in the past, although we've never seen this kind of problem this early in the year. For more on that, read this blog: https://raptorresource.blogspot.com/…/black-flies-and-falcons…


They have removed the two little ones and sprayed. As I watch the live cams, the remaining chicks are alone and grooming.  :'(

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Re: Minnesota / Great Spirit Bluff - 2017 / Newman & Michelle
« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2017, 14:26 »
Thankfully black flies are not an issue at our nests!!

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Re: Minnesota / Great Spirit Bluff - 2017 / Newman & Michelle
« Reply #26 on: May 26, 2017, 08:14 »
This update was posted on their Facebook page.

"We went to Great Spirit Bluff on May 24 to retrieve the carcasses of two peregrine falcon nestlings that had perished during a black fly swarm. After John retrieved them and sprayed the box with a mixture of essential oils that to repel the flies, we conducted an examination and found:
1: No black flies or signs of black flies (red marks, stings, lesions, body parts) in the falcons’ mouths, nares, or nasal passages. The falcons’ nasal passages did not look swollen or irritated.
2: The falcons had red lesions or bite marks along the edges of their wings, around their eyes, in the skin just above and behind their ceres, and below their crops.
3: Although the falcons were starting to decompose, they appeared to be in good body shape otherwise. They were starting to feather out nicely and their wings, talons, and feet looked great.
The two most likely causes of death are either blocked airways or blood poisoning. In scenario one, black flies swarmed into the nestlings’ nares and mouth and blocked their airways. They suffocated, died, and cooled. Once they reached ambient temperature, the flies left.
In scenario two, the falcons died of blood poisoning. Lori Arent, a veterinarian and clinic manager at the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center, told us that young raptors are especially susceptible to black fly infestations. A nestling raptor’s immune system is not robust enough to cope with blood parasites transmitted by black fly bites, and these falcons had many black fly bites. The relationship between black fly bites and nestling raptor death has been well-documented in several places. A paper titled “Rapid Nestling Mortality in Arctic Peregrine Falcons Due to the Biting Effects of Black Flies” documented rapid nestling mortality in Arctic peregrine falcons in 2012 and 2013. While their falcons suffered many more bites than ours, the description of the damage and the deaths were very similar.
We captured one black fly for identification. We did not want to disturb the two living falcons – it was cold and getting dark by the time we arrived to remove their siblings – but we will look them over for bites and swelling when we band them on Sunday. We kept one dead falcon and will take it to the University of Minnesota for autopsy."
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Re: Minnesota / Great Spirit Bluff - 2017 / Newman & Michelle
« Reply #27 on: May 28, 2017, 12:41 »
The banding scheduled for today has been delayed because one of the two remaining chicks is missing from the nest box. They following is from their Facebook timeline  :'(

http://www.ustream.tv/greatspiritblufffalcons

Great Spirit Bluff Peregrine Falcons
"As viewers have seen, of our two remaining eyasses at GSB, both have gone out of their nest box again this morning. One has fallen, and we suspect that the parents are trying to locate and care for it as we have seen in the past. The other eyass has escaped a couple of times also and in a remarkable display we have seen Michelle turn into super mom mode, pulling on the chick's wing and leg to pull it back in to safety.
RRP had planned for scheduled banding today and we have a few members of our team on site and others arriving as this is posted. We will keep you informed as more information is received, and would like you all to keep good thoughts for our climbing team and the young eyasses.
Raptor Resource Project is considering all options for the remaining eyases at Great Spirit Bluff now that one has jumped from the box. Our permits do not allow us to preemptively collect young birds from nests; as watchers know, birds face and overcome many dangers in their lives and we simply can't protect them from everything. We have located a potential foster box and are weighing treating the current box over attempting relocation, which comes with its own set of dangers and challenges. We will keep everyone posted. Thank you!"
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Re: Minnesota / Great Spirit Bluff - 2017 / Newman & Michelle
« Reply #28 on: May 28, 2017, 15:22 »
Great news from the GSB nest. The jumper has been rescued and both were banded.

"John Howe has repelled down Great Spirit Bluff and is now cleaning the nest box after retrieving the remaining eyas. George Howe, hero of the search and rescue team, found the little jumper and brought it back up the bluff. Two eyasses banded today. Both males, names are Hamilton and Burr-d. Great work by the whole team, Amy Ries, David Kester, George Howe, and John Howe." There were photos but I do not know how to post here.

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Re: Minnesota / Great Spirit Bluff - 2017 / Newman & Michelle
« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2017, 17:46 »
There were photos but I do not know how to post here.

Are the photos on Facebook or another site? I can PM you with instructions once I know  :)