Saturday, June 29, 2013

End of the Day Update

First of all, I am adding a mess load of pictures so if you missed the fledge video, scroll ALL the way down past these pictures. Second, because there are so many, I am leaving them small but you can click on any of them and it will take you to the full size photo.

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.




  1. Thank you thank you for the update and pics. I am so so proud of Solo and thankful for Bob and crew plus the volunteers.

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  3. actually, it was Katherine Kivett that toweled Solo on the 1st recovery.....

    thanks kat!

    1. Well, I got the details from Bob and you know his head isn't quite right during fledge week :) Thanks for all you do and Kat too!

  4. hehe, it's fun catchin' falcons!

    only wished it wasn't so often with solo....

  5. GREAT PICS! lots of folks pitching in, despite record heat, that's pretty cool.

  6. Thank you for the updates