Friday, June 29, 2012

Tough News

Well today started out with such celebration, having two of the youngsters fledge within 90 minutes of each other. Sadly, Macy took a long, strong flight off the Beehive and crashed into the Key Bank building around lunchtime, dying on impact we believe. Here's the news I have from Bob after talking with him tonight:

- The first bird out of the nest was nicknamed "Primo", who landed on the admin building and somewhat hung out on the north end until sometime this evening when he flew over to the west side of the tall church office buiilding, ending up on the ground and was banded. Bob is fairly sure Primo is a male, but because the male band was a smidge tight, he chose to band him with a female band (females normally have larger leg bones than males and is how they can be told apart). Primo was taken up to the top of the Beehive around 9pm and when I was talking to Bob, he was still there 'dinking around' and hopefully will stay put for the night.

-The second bird out of the nest was nicknamed "Macy" who after a very strong first flight ended up over on the ledge above the Macy's sign at City Creek shopping center just across South Temple street. Bob said that mid-morning Macy flew over to the area above Kneaders and got herself down in the shade where Bob was able to throw a towel over her and get her inside for banding. Definately female. They then took her to the top of the Beehive for release. She was put out on the west side and not long after Bob got down to the first floor he heard she had taken off heading back to the area where she was earlier. She flew straight in to the Key Bank building.

I am waiting for a small writeup from Bob with his comments on today. As with last year, Bob's motto is 'we need to worry about the living'. The question does arise, whether there is anything we can do to help or prevent this type of thing from happening in the future. The truth is that the parents insist on nesting in the downtown area. Before this nest was provided, they were attempting to nest on parts of the building that were even more dangerous for the eyases. Thus, the box was installed to at least give them a chance at a successful hatch and fledge. Their natural settings would be granite cliffs which could be just as tough for young birds to learn to fly. Bob is fairly sure that bird number 3 will fledge in the morning. Let's hope for a great first flight and soft landing. I welcome your comments.

Macy about 8:15 am today after first flight to the Macy's building.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

how do the parent feed them after they fledge

Anonymous said...

they need to REMOVE the walls on the nest...in the wild they dont build nest's with a roof and walls atlreast remove the walls you can see the child trying to get to the mother on the other side of the wall.@!!!!!

Anonymous said...

put walls up to protect your camaras

Anonymous said...

she was such a pretty girl, I was so upset to hear Macy died..I am glad Primo is doing good so far. Hopefully he continues to fly safe and I hope bird #3 get the courage to fly soon but has a very safe flight. I know the risks are high for them both in the wild and in the city but it's still hard to get so attached to these beauties and have one die..One would think I lost my own pet the way I am so heartbroken over the her loss. Thank you for the updates on these beautiful birds who me and my family have grown to love so very much...

Geocaching Addict said...

Hopefully we get an update on baby #3 soon. I'm sure that was a frightful experience to have the next box opened up. It scare the bird off. So hope to get an update.

Anonymous said...

i left the house and the third one was gone what happened any new would be cool

Anonymous said...

It looked like Bob went to get the little one, it wasn't acting right all morning. It got scared when he opened the box and flew off.. Last I heard they were looking for it so they could band it and find out how it's doing.. I'm praying for the best.

Jaci Muzamel said...

You know...simple as it is to say, life is life. We can only do what we can do and nature does the rest. WE'll hope for the best from the others.

Anonymous said...

it wasnt acting right becouse the mother/father was flying on the other side of the nest..were we as human tease it with a little hole between the wall..so it was trying to get to the mother/father bouncing off the wall several hundrend times..it was sad to watch...please i tryed telling them years ago..take down the walls on the nest..leave the roof..
they in the wild dont build nest's with walls..i hope and i did prey..the last one would be ok..they are the most wonderfull birds..

Anonymous said...

In the wild the cliffs would give weather and predator protection. The box sides give them the extra help.-Liz

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing...