First sighting…

Photos by Cleve Nash

Actually happened May 11 and 12, 2013.

8:30 AM First sighting of young falcon chicks occurred on the north side of Morro Rock and Cleve Nash was there to capture the first photographs. I got there about 9:30AM and spent the next six hours and never did see one.

However, Sunday was another day and I am setting up a scope and getting Heather comfortable out of her walker into a chair (NEW HIP REPLACEMENT) so she can see the nest.

Then Cleve yells “Fuzzy chick!”

Needless to say I missed it again, but Heather and our new found friends from New York, Sue and Howard, did see the chick!

The nest sight is set in a cluster of three holes similar to what you would see in a bowling ball. Two holes below and one above. The eyrie being the lower left of the two. There seems to be a passage between the two lower holes hidden by tall grasses. After observing for most of the day at least two chicks have ben moving through this passage, but you can only see glimpses of them moving from hole to hole. Throughout the week, we will be seeing more and more of them. Cleve did say that the chicks age by plumage coincides with when we first saw prey taken into the nest on April 18th.

Happy trails, Bob


About Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch

The Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch is here to inform birders, students and all people who are eager to know about these handsome peregrines. We want you to enjoy and be able to use our on-site powerful spotting scopes. We are available to answer your questions about the pair of falcons that have been observed for many years.

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4 Responses to First sighting…

  1. Sue says:

    Sure was my lucky day! Thanks for making our visit so memorable!

  2. Tyquion says:

    I visited Morro Rock a couple of weeks ago. I saw a sign about the falcon, took a quick turn to see if I could see anything and nothing. Thought nothing more about it. Something made me stop and talk to Bob about the falcon… I took a look and was hooked. I was fascinated by that marvelous bird of prey. Hanging out with Bob and the people who passed by was the highlight of my visit to Morro Rock that day! I am so glad I took your card and visited the website. I get to continue my love affair with the PCPF.

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