Friday, February 28, 2014
This was posted on the SLC Falcon Facebook page a few weeks ago. Sorry about the bad news but it's good to know our female appears to have a new mate and has been visiting the nest box over the winter. Coverage of the 2014 season will begin in late April ~ see you then.
We have some sad news concerning our own SLC peregrine falcons. The male adult peregrine falcon (aka Dad) has been laid to rest. Bob, the rehabilitator and the rescue team went to great lengths to save and enable dad to be used as an education bird, but foot problems, some of which were undoubtedly a result of balance difficulties associated with the dislocated shoulder, proved to make that best hope impossible. We didn't want him suffering. The good news is we still expect a pair in the box this year. The female has been spotted downtown with a new male falcon. The cameras will hopefully come on sometime in April--not too long.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
-FYI - 4:21 p.m. on Tues., October 22: my 1st of the season rough-legged hawk observed soaring just south of the northern boundary (2200 North St.) of the Salt Lake City International Airport, "roughies" are fairly common winter visitants in Utah
-1:48 - 2:07 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 22:
2013 adult female perched on last k in words Key Bank on north face of the Key Bank Tower
-SLC Peregrine Falcon Cam fans ... new (first) California condor webcam in the wild:
Check it out ... let 'em know if you see something interesting!
-I drove downtown (about 12:30 p.m.) to identify the reported bird on the top of a car yesterday, October 16. Unfortunately, I was a moment too late since the car pulled away (to the west) from my vantage point on the east side of Main Street. However, with the help of able co-worker Patricia Engel (who greatly enlarged the posted photo), we were able to identify the bird. Upon close inspection of the enlarged photo, we were able to agree that it appeared to be a common nighthawk ... an aerial insectivore that nests on leafy, or gravelly ground in woodlands (as well as on flat-topped, gravel, urban roofs) and occasionally shows up as a prey item in the diet of the Salt Lake City peregrine falcons. The broad, white bar on either wing of the nighthawk is an easy to spot feature in peregrine prey collections that I've made through the years.
-I've observed a lone peregrine with some regularity over the last few weeks in the downtown SLC area. I just returned from there having observed (1:27 p.m. on Wed., October 9) an adult peregrine that looked like Mom of 2013 (obvious, white cheek patches and a wide/broad, buffy-colored tip o' the tail) perched, where I have spotted a lone bird often, on the Key Bank Tower (KBT) sign on the east face of the KBT.
|Thanks to Justin Matkin for photo taken October 10.|
Comment from co-worker upon hearing my report of the incident: tell her to knock that (getting trapped) off/stop it! Amen, but, of course, they'll do what they do!!!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I am without Internet while visiting family but wanted to pass along a note from Bob.
"Please rest assured that we are not trying to avoid commenting on Dad's status.
We are continuing to contact and discuss his condition with experts and carefully considering our options. His shoulder and elbow injuries are, after all, serious and we do not want to rush to a decision.
I spoke to Jo last evening and she reported that he is doing well, eating well and behaving calmly. That makes the aforementioned contacts and discussions easier in the sense that we do not have to hastily reach a hard decision as to Dad's fate right now."
Monday, July 15, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Just thought I'd move a comment up here that Bob left today.
06:53 - 07:27 a.m. this morning, July 9: adult female (Mom) observed feeding and then loafing on the key icon that precedes the words Key Bank Tower (west face of the Key Bank Tower), adult boyfriend was not observed
FYI - I collected the only, remaining, entire egg today at 1:43 p.m. from the nest box. It weighs very little (contents desiccated?), but I intend to determine if analysis is possible. Who knows ... we may learn something! Adult(s) not observed at ground level in the usual places as I entered the JSMB and no protest mounted at man in (at rear of) nest box by either the adult female, or her boyfriend.
No new news on Solo, or Dad, but I'll update as soon as possible.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Phew, now that I got that off my chest. BTW, any further professional explanation of Solo or Dad's conditions can be requested directly from Bob Walters. I am not a wildlife biologist, but I might have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.
Here are a couple of photos caught on the cams yesterday of the new male in and leaving the nest box. Note he has no metal bands so he is not a returning juvenile from a prior nest season.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Happy Independence Day to all.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
"Unfortunately, Solo bumped/clipped the north face of the Zion's Bank Tower mid-morning today, July 3. He appeared to recover from the "hit" and then fell upon the "easternmost" awning above the sidewalk at the South Temple St. entrance of the Zion's Bank Tower.
The point of that is that I ran out of time on Monday and Tuesday to do updates, since I also spent 5 hours at falcon central helping out. So here is an update covering Sunday night, Monday and Tuesday and this morning.
When I left Sunday, Solo was still on that North Office Bldg (NOB) sitting under an exhaust fan, cooling off, staying out of the sun. Dinner was delivered by Mom, and he stayed there the rest of the night. On Monday morning, the crew lined up again on North Temple awaiting some movement from him. Mom started some flyovers, we assume to encourage him to get his butt up and start moving. He did! And then he was lost. For about six hours.
When he left NOB, he flew over to the Church History Bldg, then from there flew just a bit west and sharply south through the gap between Relief Society Bldg and The Temple. And nobody saw where he went. A search of all the walkways, gardens, rooftops, and ledges turned up nothing. That starts to get worrisome. But our only choice is just to sit tight and wait for that happy phone call that someone spotted him. In the meantime, I went up to the 10th floor of JSMB where a nice man let me sit in the NW windows where I could look out over all the area where he disappeared. No sign of Solo at all. About 3:30 the phone call came. A maintenance person spotted him on the ground near the iron fence between The Temple and the Reflecting Pool. He must have been hanging out under the bushes in the shade.
But wait! When Bob went over to pick him up, he noticed two adults on the NE corner of JSMB! The intruding adult male was back, hanging out with Mom. The usual events played out, Solo was picked up, boxed and taken back up to the Beehive for release. Not five minutes after release he flew off the south end of JSMB headed for all the glass on the Zion's Bank Bldg! He hit lightly then veered over to the scrollwork on West Wing JSMB, SE corner, see picture below. After we were sure he was staying, I took the elevator back up and grabbed a couple pictures. Mom delivered dinner and she sat nearby and called loudly. Was that reassurance to him that she was there or calling for the new male? Who knows but it was loud and went on for awhile during his mealtime. He ended up taking a quick flight around to the west face of JSMB to a window ledge and he has been there since. I just talked to Bob and he was fed this morning, although much of it fell to the ground. Looks are it's a Sora Rail (go look that up on google
|NOB where Solo spent the night under cooool fan, July 1.|
|Mom keeping watch from COB on July 1.|
|Solo after being 'toweled' near The Temple garden area, photo credit to Salt Lake City Peregrine Falcon Facebook page.|
|Solo resting after glancing off Zion's Bank, July 2.|
|Uh, dinner is just a few feet away. But Solo isn't hunting yet. Mom delivered dinner soon after this.|
Sunday, June 30, 2013
|Mom flying over Solo urging him to fly.|
|This is Solo's flight about 8:30. I just barely caught him.|
|Here he is flying over to Admin after failing to land at Zion's.|
|Picked up out of the garden by Admin Bldg.|
|He still has some white fluff.|
|Eating pigeon about 11:00|
|Solo on ledge, Mom below on scroll, know as Charlie's Cafe.|
So below are some photos I edited with labels. You can also go to maps.google and put in the coordinates. The main area we cover is bounded by:
- North Temple Street (on the North)
- South Temple Street (on the South)
- State Street (on the East)
- Main Street and West Temple Street (on the SW and West)
You can click on the pictures to view them larger.
|Looking East from just above the nest box.|
|Looking NE from just right of the nest box.|
|Looking NNW from Nestbox corner|
|Looking southwest from Tall Church Office Building top floor.|
|Sorry for the blurriness, NE view of Admin Bldg and Nestbox area from State St. and S. Temple St.|
This picture was from last year, when Primo was injured flying into Zion's Bank Bldg.
|From one block south, looking through 'The Gap' between JSMP and Admin Bldg. Bob's tree is just under that arrow.|
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Solo has been very busy today! Since I left at 2pm, he has been 'toweled' twice more, landing once on Main Street and once near the ice cream store on South Temple. Too near traffic, that's for sure. Bob said he has settled down on the east face of JSMB for the night, with Mom keeping watch from the Eagle Gate Tower across the street.
Here are more photos. Basically, Solo left the nest, spent a couple hours dinking around on the ledge he landed on, bothered Mom at one point (she didn't see happy), she flew back and forth as he waddled after her on the ledge. She fed him some of the pigeon she brought over from the nest, then he proceeded to just walk himself, rather swiftly, north, then east on the Admin Bldg. He stopped on the NE corner, caught a breeze, flapped and took off over the top of the Lion House. Everyone panicked as it looked like he was headed to traffic on S. Temple. We searched, some running over to State Street and then lo and behold, we found him sitting just above the entrance to the Pantry in the gutter! He had tried a landing on their roof but its made of metal, so he couldn't get a grip. Our new volunteer (I believe her name was Heidi), climbed the scaffolding to get closer, threw a towel up in the air a couple times and Solo finally soared to the ground, all of 10 feet. We had a few folks corral him with their towels and he was in Bob's arms and off for banding. Later, when he was released on the Beehive, he didn't pop up, so I took a trip up to the top of the Church Office Building and looked from above to see if we could spot him. Nothing. But the photos give you an idea of where he is released.