Peregrine Falcon Watch
Spring 2003

Observation Log 13

All pictures are from the APK falconcam

5/27  Overnight temperatures remain in the low to mid 50's.  At 7:00 AM it was 50 F and at 5:00 PM a high of 57 F.  There was mist and light rain most of the day today but that didn't slow down the ledge walking and explorations.


Is this 2 or 3 babies?  Notice the brown in their feathers?

Someone is wandering a little close to the edge...

This looks like Kudos ...

Goldie

Goldie from the front.
5/28  Overnight was in the low 50s.  At 7 AM it was 51 F with mist and thunder thru the morning hours.  The high for the day was 59 F at 6:00 PM.  It is getting harder to tell the babies from the parents ... The eyases have grown so much they are almost the same size and there is hardly any white down left.  
5/29  Overnight temperatures in the mid to upper 50s.  At 7:00 AM it was 55 F and at 5:00 PM 64.9 F, the high for the day.  It remained overcast all day with mist from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM.  We have to check the nest fairly early in the morning at in the later evening as the babies seem to spend most of the daylight hours cruising the ledges ... as we understand it, the ledge they are on goes completely around the building so they have plenty of room to roam.  Close up shots reveal a lot of brown and tan feathers now and very little white down left at almost 5 weeks old ... it won't be long until we see them fly!!  Our research has told us flight school is between 6 and 9 weeks ... We only have 2 weeks of school left, so they should be leaving about the same time we are   

Early morning getting ready to go explore

Interesting tail feathers

"Check out the baby album for some more great close ups of us captured today."

8:07 PM all back safe and sound for the night.

These 2 close up photos are by Scott Wright, ODNR Nest monitor 
and used with his permission.  
Above is Hope, the larger of the 2 females and to the right is Kudos, the male.  The Kudos picture looks like the same shot of the one above Hope, captured by the APK falconcam 
from a different angle.
The coloration in their juvenile feathers is beautiful!  Their adult feathers will be white and bluish gray, just like SW and Buckeye ~ 
but not for a few more weeks.

5/30  Overnight temperatures, and most of the day, were in the upper 50s, low 60s.  11:00 AM = 61 F and 9:00 PM = 64 F.  It is so nerve wracking to check the cameras and not see the babies for hours!  They are not flying yet, but that ledge is narrow ... and look slippery, especially in the rain.  Even Buckeye looks a little forlorn looking at the empty nest ... wonder of falcon parents go through "empty nest syndrome"?


Goodness, falcons are messy house keepers ~ look at the debris on the ledge!

"It won't be long now ... I'll be soaring with the big dogs - 
ah, birds."

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Rolling Hills Elementary
Poway Unified School District
San Diego, CA.

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