Thursday, July 5, 2012

Boxer Sue and the Fan ~ More Fireman Photos!

Today was a wacky day, AGAIN. These birds are having a heck of a time staying out of trouble. We had a much needed rainstorm that lasted most of the afternoon. When I arrived at Falcon Central around 12:15, I heard that Boxer Sue had taken some high flights in front of Zion's Bank building trying to land on a spot frequented by parents but the landing was too tough, so she went even higher, of course! She ended up on the south face behind the Zion Bank letters. No one from the ground was able to get an eye on her, but we had one volunteer working in the Key Bank building who was able to see she was perched inside an enclosure on a ventilation fan. By the time I arrived, Bob was ready to go up to the roof to get a look and gratefully he found a maintenance guy in that building to let him up. And I was invited! So up we went and carefully looked out the roof door, hoping not to scare her. She was perched pretty as you please, drying herself on top of that fan. The rain was still coming down on top of her but she was dry on the bottom! There was some worry that the openings she came through were a bit too narrow to attempt a flight out (straight up), so Bob decided to fenagle a wood plank made with duct tape and 2 x 4's and lean it up against an opening, in hopes it would give her a place to walk up to the ledge. Four hours later, our eyes in the sky said she was still in the same place. Now Bob was getting worried so he went back up and approached Boxer. Whoosh, she was gone, no problem whatsovever, and we on the ground were treated to a great flight high above City Creek Center, several circles with a parent and she put in on the top of the Key Bank building, north face ~ see below. As I left at 5:15, she was up there enjoying some sort of snack.



Primo was scheduled for release around 1pm but all this commotion with Boxer pushed it back to about 3pm. Primo was released with no incident and when I left for the evening, he was still on the west face of the Beehive with parents circling here and there encouraging him to fly. 

Now, since it was so popular the other night, here's many more photos from Primo's rescue with the firemen!!







7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the amazing update, so happy they are both back out tonight and I hope they have a safe night and day tomorrow.. awesome pictures too! Thank you for keeping us who can't be there updated with the great stories of these two trouble makers.. they both seem to have such personality..

skygirlblue said...

Such dedication. . loved the update and the new pics!!!

(glad you got some rain!!)

Willi said...

Again thanks for all the dedication Liz and Bob and team. I always hold my
breath each day hoping these kids stay safe, quite the explorers.I'm sure they will appreciate the cool air tonite. Kudos to the firemen what with
all they have been dealing with lately finding time to help out our precious Falcons.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful bird!

Anonymous said...

Love these updates...ah kids...whether feathered or furred or human. Sigh...just glad they are safe and I thank all of you for continuing to do your best to keep them so.

Allycen

Anonymous said...

What a softie Steve is ;)

Felicia

Paul Bateman said...

I find it amazing that all Bob needs to do is hold the bird's talons still to avoid getting hurt. I'm surprised the bird isn't trying to bite him...