April 30, 2005

A Safer Topic perhaps?

Just in time for Mother's Day, here is the Kodak BirdCam for 2005

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May 12, 2004

New falcons hatched

Happy Mother's Day, Mariah! Now move over and let us see your little fluff ball!

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June 24, 2003

The falcons have all fledged

The falcons are now all flying and taking hunting lessons from their mom and dad. Since they are rarely in the box, I am going to remove the link - so happy hunting, Edge, Chayton, Destiny, Tlohtli, and Isaura!

Anyone interested in reading first-hand reports from bird-watchers can still read the discussion board over at Kodak (go here, then follow the link to the discussion board)

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June 18, 2003

Flying the Coop

The falcons are flying the coop today! (link is live picture to main site, and will be different for each ping)

Edge has apparently already flown away, and Chayton is hanging aroung the top of the nest box. The others are wing-flapping and acting crazy, and I think it's going to be just a day or two before they are all gone. After that, it is a very rare occurence to see any of them in the nest box ever again, and I will remove the link, until next year.

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June 16, 2003

Almost Ready to Fly

The falcons are looking great, going through a growth spurt this last week.

If you haven't seen them in a few days, as I didn't over the weekend, the change is surprising. They are either sleeping or at the edge of the box, looking out, exercising their wings (and hitting each other-it's so crowded in there now). Any day now one or two of them will jump out of the box onto the ledge, then it gets real crazy. This coming Monday is the six-week point after their hatching. It's about this time they're going to leave the box. After that it's an empty next, literally.

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June 12, 2003

Gotta Fly --- Now!

The eyasses are getting their feathers and wings ready! We're about a week and a half from first flight. Sometime around the weekend of June 21-22, the birds will start jumping out of the box onto the ledge below, exercising their wings. They'll see their mom and dad flying around and want to join them. Soon one of them will take the 22-story plunge and learn what their wings will do! Then it's on to hunting lessons!

What could possibly motivate them to take that 22-story plunge? Well, I'm sure that flying is a big thrill, but they don't know about that yet. Maybe it could be the condition of the nest box? I'm glad it's not over my front porch!

Gotta get out of here! This place is filthy!

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June 10, 2003

June 04, 2003

Today was banding day for

Today was banding day for the falcons on top of Kodak headquarters in Rochester NY. Five eyasses, named

  1. Isaura (f)-- Named by Matt Bernius-- Black Band
  2. Chayton (m)-- Named by Aafke-- Blue Band
  3. Edge (m)-- Named by Siobhan Ruck-- Red Band
  4. Destiny (m)-- Named by Sue Long's Fifth Grade Class-- White Band
  5. Tlohtli (m)-- Named by Kenn Martinez-- Yellow Band

Here comes trouble!!
(link from the Kodak discussion board)

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May 14, 2003

One last post tonight, about

One last post tonight, about the falcons, then I've gotta go see the Ducks (hockey!)

A lot of the time, Mariah covers her chicks up so they aren't exposed to the outside. I've noticed it's usually 48-55 degrees F in the box, and probably a bit chilly. I don't think falcons have any natural predators (they're at the top of the food chain in their environment), so I think it's mainly just protection from the cold. It's kindof touching though, as I'm looking at these eyesses and thinking of my Christian walk as a little bird growing up and hiding under the shadow of my mother's wings. God is often described as sheltering us under His wings (Ps 17), or later in life pushing us out of the nest, letting us fall, and catching us while we learn to fly (Deuteronomy 32). I don't think the falcons learn like that though, they just get it, and they better, for that Kodak building is really tall! I can't find it anymore, but last year, someone took a picture of the view looking down from the ledge, and it's a long way down. I bet those birds are pretty scared for their first takeoff. By the way, that first take-off will come in about six weeks, and it is a lot of fun to see them growing up till then.

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May 12, 2003

Here's a link to a

Here's a link to a discussion board where someone has graciously posted some webcam photos from the Kodak webcam showing all the hatching activity going on in the falcon scrape near the top of the Kodak building in Rochester NY. They're called eyesses, by the way, as I learned this morning.

Here's another link to a webpage describing the life cycle of a falcon, using actual photos from previous years at the same nest box (or 'scrape').

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The falcon chicks are hatching!!

The falcon chicks are hatching!!

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