Saturday, May 26, 2007

Falcon Cam

For folks interested in newly hatched peregrine falcons, and want to catch some live camera action, here is a link to Jose Fernando and Clara, San Jose City Hall's resident falcons. The camera was placed there and is being maintained by the city of San Jose and the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group. There are three eyasses that hatched the last week of April, and were banded on May 18th. I happened to connect that morning while the birds were being banded. Wow! Quite an experience. I'm sure glad I wasn't the one banding them; Jose and Clara were unhappy parents and stayed away while the eyasses were being banded, but flew by and pecked the guy several times when he was leaving the nest area. Really cool seeing that online.

http://sanjose.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=91/nest

Here is the link for the diary about Jose, Clara, and their 3 eyasses. And it was recently posted that there are two females and one male.

http://www2.ucsc.edu/scpbrg/falconcameraSJ.htm

I try to check in with the camera about two or three times a day, usually in the mornings, and again in the afternoons when I get home from work.

This morning I found Clara (?) feeding her eyasses. Most mornings mama is not seen (probably out looking for food for her youngsters). And there have been times when "the folks in charge" move the camera so one can see the adults (one or the other) keeping guard on the ledge.

How fascinating to be able to watch what is going on -- all from my desktop!

3 comments:

Barbara said...

Welcome to the world of blogging!

Mary said...

That's amazing, Mary. There was a falcon's nest at the USF&G building on Light & Pratt - Baltimore for many years in the late seventies - through the 80's. I used to take the elevator to the 35th floor to watch now and then.

Keep us posted!

Mary Carlson said...

Hi Mary - I remember Pratt & Light St - don't remember the building(s) there. It must have been exciting to see the birds nesting there year after year. And just think, nowadays, we don't have to use the elevator to go see them - we can watch it all online thanks to those who install the cameras! Something tells me it's more exciting to go see the birds in person.

 

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