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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #286 on: July 05, 2017, 16:34 »
So sad to see chicks appear to be gasping. Temps now at 31C/87F and they are now getting the West sun. I know we see this annually, but I for one wish they had an AC. The forecast for tonight partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers late this evening and overnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 15.  :(

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #288 on: July 05, 2017, 17:12 »
So sad to see chicks appear to be gasping. Temps now at 31C/87F and they are now getting the West sun. I know we see this annually, but I for one wish they had an AC. The forecast for tonight partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers late this evening and overnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 15.  :(

The chicks are fine - they aren't gasping, they are panting - other than their feet, that is the only place that birds have direct skin to air contact.  That's also why they lie belly down on the gravel when it is in the shade, it is cooler and the pebbles can get through their feathers next to their skin.

As for A/C at the nestbox, that would not be a good thing.  Part of what makes AC work is the passage of air over water that is constantly being cooled - in a space like a nestbox in hot weather there would be a build up of moisture/condensation and that would potentiall make a nestbox full of chick poop and dead birdie parts a soup for all sorts of pathogens which would not be good for the birds.  So the chicks follow the shade around the nestbox and nap - they are much more active early in the morning and evening/night when it is cooler.

And storms don't seem to phase peregrines - Hurricane in Brandon got her name because she and her siblings sat on the edge of the Radisson nestbox and watched the t-storms that birthed the Eli tornado.  And at this age, they like to dance in the rain - if it does rain this evening/tonight and if there is enough light I'll see if I can get a screen capture of them dance if they do.

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #289 on: July 05, 2017, 18:28 »
TPC, have I told you lately how awesome you are?!?  You explain everything so neatly and clearly and put to rest our anxieties about these little guys (who are really not so little ::) )

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #290 on: July 06, 2017, 05:33 »
So sad to see chicks appear to be gasping. Temps now at 31C/87F and they are now getting the West sun. I know we see this annually, but I for one wish they had an AC. The forecast for tonight partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers late this evening and overnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 15.  :(

The chicks are fine - they aren't gasping, they are panting - other than their feet, that is the only place that birds have direct skin to air contact.  That's also why they lie belly down on the gravel when it is in the shade, it is cooler and the pebbles can get through their feathers next to their skin.

As for A/C at the nestbox, that would not be a good thing.  Part of what makes AC work is the passage of air over water that is constantly being cooled - in a space like a nestbox in hot weather there would be a build up of moisture/condensation and that would potentiall make a nestbox full of chick poop and dead birdie parts a soup for all sorts of pathogens which would not be good for the birds.  So the chicks follow the shade around the nestbox and nap - they are much more active early in the morning and evening/night when it is cooler.

And storms don't seem to phase peregrines - Hurricane in Brandon got her name because she and her siblings sat on the edge of the Radisson nestbox and watched the t-storms that birthed the Eli tornado.  And at this age, they like to dance in the rain - if it does rain this evening/tonight and if there is enough light I'll see if I can get a screen capture of them dance if they do.

Thanks for the wake up call, TPC. In my mind, I know everything you tell me. However, in these extremes, my human mother instincts takes over.  ::)

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #291 on: July 06, 2017, 08:43 »
Thanks TPC, learning more and more everyday.  Wish we could see the chicks outside, I assume they are ok :)

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #292 on: July 06, 2017, 10:42 »
just watched green-band gobble up some leftovers now and it's amazing how few white fluffy feathers she has left!  Her pantaloons still seem pretty fluffy, but her big-girl wings look ready to take off!  :o

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #293 on: July 06, 2017, 14:48 »
While looking at the chick in the nest, up popped the head of another. So many feathers in the box, it was hard to tell some of the feathers belonged to a sibling.  ;D

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #294 on: July 06, 2017, 19:36 »
TPC, have I told you lately how awesome you are?!?  You explain everything so neatly and clearly and put to rest our anxieties about these little guys (who are really not so little ::) )

Yup, what susha said.   :)

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #295 on: July 07, 2017, 08:36 »
Wow they seem to grow feathers overnight, looking more like a peregrine now, not a fuzzy chick anymore.

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #296 on: July 07, 2017, 10:55 »
Under normal circumstances, I would say the edge-sitter is the male in the group, but as he is days under than his sisters, I can't say for sure.  Will see if I can catch sight of his band.

This is, I think, the first time I've seen them on the box edge ... will check the recorder later today if I can to verify ...

https://twitter.com/mbperegrines/status/883344868088610817

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #297 on: July 07, 2017, 11:21 »
Any luck on the terrace cam repairs TPC? - (I know you'd tell us if there was but just can't help asking anyway)  :P - Sure is tough missing the action going on outdoors. - Thanks for the photos though, they're great!!  :-* ;D

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #298 on: July 07, 2017, 12:47 »
Any luck on the terrace cam repairs TPC? - (I know you'd tell us if there was but just can't help asking anyway)  :P - Sure is tough missing the action going on outdoors. - Thanks for the photos though, they're great!!  :-* ;D

I don't mind you asking and we are still working on it.  Everything was working way to perfectly at the beginning of the cam season with the new set-up that we should have known we were going to pay for it later on.  We are now into looking at new camera hardware ... best information I have for you at the moment!

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Re: Radisson - 2017 / Pip & Princess
« Reply #299 on: July 07, 2017, 13:29 »
Merci Buckets TPC!   ;D ;D   --   Glad it's not quite so hot today for the chicks.  8)