Our readers have been asking about the south side falcons and what’s going on. I have yet to write about them for the last two weeks because of all the curve balls that I have been thrown by this pair. I see patterns that continue for three or four days, then a complete change.
I can’t tell you what I don’t know, but here is what I do know. For weeks in May, we saw incubation exchanges take place in the second nesting site. This is after the abandonment of the first nest site, the “diving board” eyrie. In June we saw food exchanges and prey items taken into the second eyrie. Also, at this time a few photographers and observers could hear what they thought to be young chicks cacking in the eyrie. Since the first of July, I have not seen any prey go into the eyrie or heard sounds.
The female is molting and sits in a very small hole for hours at a time. She only flies to chase a hawk or errant young falcon from the north side. She came to the rock as a sub-adult in the summer of 2001. She is about 13 years old. Last year, she had the largest clutch consisting of four chicks out of the 25 that she fledged since she’s been here.
The tiercel visits the nest site frequently and this is what keeps me going, going, going…..
Happy trails, Bob
Item: I spend four to six hours a day observing, so I might miss some things that happen.