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Mini post alert!

I’m very pleased to report that there was a recent video of two of the Great Spirit Bluff falcon babies playing tag near the nest box. For those of you that might recall, one of the babies, Christine, made a rather frightening exit from the nest box causing speculation that perhaps she didn’t properly fledge. I’m happy to say that this video proves she made it, and that her and her sister Maggie are still both doing quite well.

A video of Michelle and Travis’ courtship from this season, before any eggs had been laid.

That Magical First Flight

Another one of the bird cams I follow has three ready to fledge baby red-tailed hawks. Today the Cornell Ornithology Lab bird cam caught on video one of the three’s first ever flight, as well as the reaction of its sibling. What an amazing moment to catch on camera! The successfully fledged youngster looks so proud as it sits high up in on a tree branch.



Personally I am amazed at how different species seem to fledge at different times. Sometimes I feel like the eagles are dragging their feet (so to speak) when other babies like the red-tailed hawks are fledging before them, having hatched after them. Very, very interesting.

P.S. I saw a conga line of four mallards crossing the street this morning. They were perfectly single-file, and used the walkway to get up to the sidewalk instead of jumping the curb. Made me smile. 🙂

Feathers vs. Fluff – Growing Up Bird

I’ve been otherwise occupied the last few days so haven’t been checking in with my favorite falcons as much as I normally would have been. It is absolutely amazing  how fast they are growing up, especially compared to the eagle babies in the Decorah nest. The falcon babies should be fledging approximately five weeks from when they hatched. This could mean that I may be suffering doubly from empty-nest syndrome as both the falcons and eagles end up leaving the nest around the same time. 😦 Not looking forward to that at all.

The baby falcons were banded on May 27th and apparently all are little girls. The three little girls were named as part of the banding promotion. Their names are: Christine, Cassie and Maggie. For some reason I find the fact that they are all female highly entertaining. Maybe it’s because of  their epic mastery of the slouch position?  How amazing would it have been to participate in the banding, or any banding really. Someday I would love to do that, weather it be for falcons, eagles or any other birds of prey.

Already the babies are all beginning to get in their adult feathers in the form of teeny flight feathers and around their eyes. Such a contrast to their white baby fluff that still predominates over most of their bodies.

 I think that they would translate into amazing plushies, lol. 😀 So fluffy!