Of the two pair of breeding falcons at Morro Rock, we did get one set of chicks this year 2013, two males and one large female on the north side. The female on the south side in her twelfth season failed to produce any living young this year. She had successfully fledged 25 young in the previous eleven years. To my knowledge, no other bird, male or female, has continuously bred and raised this many young at Morro Rock. All of this has taken place on the south side of Morro Rock using four different eyries. The “diving board,” the “mail slot,” the “waterfall,” and the “lower five.”
Over the previous years, she has had failed nestings in all, but one, the “waterfall” eyrie. But in all of these failed nestings, she has bred, moved to another eyrie and re-clutched, producing at least one young on her second try. That is all, but this year, she failed twice.
The “waterfall hole” is where I found her today with only her head visible, still molting and looking scruffy. There will be a time when she will be replaced by a younger bird in any kind of scenario, but it will happen.
In the years that I have watched the falcons, I have lived through three black labs and a golden retriever and it always hurts to see them pass. I know it will be the same with her.
Happy trails, Bob
The “waterfall” eyrie is very easy to find. It is a round hole with a long white streak of calcium trailing from it that fills with water from the hole above after a rain in winter. I have frequently seen them bathe in this hole.