Category Archives: prey

Re-write…

Observation date:  10 May 2017 On April 31st, I wrote a post about the north side falcons in the “cathedral hole,” a previous nest site used in 2001. After seeing the male in this hole for several weeks, I thought … Continue reading

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Breeding begins…

Observation date:  8 January 2017 Breeding could have happened before today, but I can only report when I see it happen. Last year, the pair were breeding on January 3rd. There is a three week window when this normally takes … Continue reading

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Bon appétit…

Observation date:  16 Jun 2016 Shore birds are typically the main diet of the peregrine falcon, but when June rolls around for about four weeks, the young Western gull chicks are the main entree. The following is but a sample … Continue reading

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Growing up…

Observation date: 28 June 2015 The young falcons are becoming young adults very quickly. They still find time to play and chase each other, but more than ever they are chasing prey. The adults still bring prey, but no longer … Continue reading

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Hardships overcome…

Observation date: 11 July 2014 My last couple of entries have mentioned injuries concerning the adults eyes. For the last few days while observing juveniles, the resident south side chick referred to as “Homie” had been favoring his left leg. … Continue reading

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One at a time…

Everything seems to come at once. The Central Coast has had its share of excitement in the last few days. First of all, two of the three falcon chicks at Shell Beach have fledged. Piedras Blancas Lighthouse has three new … Continue reading

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The “Amazing Criswell” wasn’t that good either…

Observation date: 16 April 2014 For the last ten years or so I have been observing and trying to predict the day of hatching of young falcons. I do this by watching to see “this” and then “that” in their … Continue reading

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Clean and dry…

Observation date: 21 February 2014 Soon after my last posting of February 14, I started noticing the female arriving with prey at the “rock” landing on the “chimney” or “butcher block” where she would plume and eat it. I have … Continue reading

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Soon to be busy…

As breeding becomes more frequent for the adult falcons at Morro Rock, now about every two hours or so, but this schedule can be interrupted by two couplings in ten minutes which is not unusual. The next couple of activities … Continue reading

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Leave the fog behind…

When summer comes to Morro Bay,  you can be sure there will be days of fog along the coast. A mile inland it can be sunny and 80°F, but the warm air rising brings in the marine layer along the … Continue reading

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