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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2013 / ? + ?
« Reply #52 on: June 04, 2013, 07:55 »
Awww! Very sad. :'(

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2013 / ? + ?
« Reply #51 on: June 04, 2013, 07:44 »
The chicks were not surviving here and finally after two had passed the Raptor Resource Project ~ http://www.raptorresource.org/ ~ found the third chick had parasites.

Link to blog ~ http://raptorresource.blogspot.com/2013/06/avian-parasites.html
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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2013 / ? + ?
« Reply #50 on: April 01, 2013, 14:36 »
The picture on the website where they say the bird is nesting in Feb at the Black Dog plant is apparently Miss Mary Ellen that showed up at Elk River. She got ousted by an older female on March 22/2013.

More info here  http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?72174.post

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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2013 / ? + ?
« Reply #49 on: March 01, 2013, 13:07 »
2013 NESTING SEASON

Not sure yet who is here but someone's nesting.

http://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/falcon.html

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #48 on: May 23, 2010, 20:36 »
Mandy Rose and her mate have chicks; it's hard to tell whether there are three chicks or four.

 

 

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #47 on: March 26, 2010, 18:14 »
This pic shows the male's black/green bands; Mandy Rose is on the perch.



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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #46 on: March 26, 2010, 18:10 »
Bonding at the nest this morning:



Mandy Rose:

 

Some poor little bird became prey for the male to present to Mandy Rose:


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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #45 on: March 25, 2010, 15:18 »
Does the male at this site have a name or a band number we know of?  ???

He has a purple band on the right leg and a black/green band on the left, so he is a midwest bird, but he has not been identified. The resolution on this cam is too low to be able to enhance the pics enough to read the band (I have tried), and no-one at the plant seems to be in a position to atttempt to do so.

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #44 on: March 25, 2010, 00:12 »
Does the male at this site have a name or a band number we know of?  ???

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #43 on: March 24, 2010, 20:26 »
Spending more time at the nest box; it was good to see both falcons there today.

 

 

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #42 on: March 09, 2010, 15:26 »
Someone is back I can't see the number but it looks to be green over black

 

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #41 on: February 01, 2010, 20:57 »
Alison, the shots of the well fed Mandy Rose are great to see.  I don't think I've realized that the adults get a full crop the way the chicks can.

Sometimes they have such a full crop they look as if they can hardly move. They also keep a cache of food for the times they are not successful hunting.

Mandy Rose has had another big meal this evening:

 

 

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #40 on: January 31, 2010, 23:34 »
Alison, the shots of the well fed Mandy Rose are great to see.  I don't think I've realized that the adults get a full crop the way the chicks can.

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2010, 20:04 »
Looking well fed again today:

 

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #38 on: January 18, 2010, 20:57 »
Mandy Rose (I believe) left the nest box just after eight this morning, and returned as usual to spend the night:

 

 

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #37 on: January 13, 2010, 22:22 »
I know there has been a bird around on a fairly regular basis but since birds moult annually, there can be slight changes, so thought I would ask.  We can assume its Mandy Rose until we get a confirmation though  :D

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #36 on: January 13, 2010, 22:06 »
Have we seen a band number on Mandy Rose?  or are we assuming it is her?   ???

I have never seen a band number on Mandy Rose, but she was originally identified by her band numbers. I am reasonably sure that this is Mandy Rose. I am going by her facial markings, by some fairly distinctive whitish markings on the back of her head, and by the consistency of her behaviour. I know this is not the male, since his malar stripe is somewhat more tapered and a little bit backswept, and he has very large eyes.

So I can't say 100% that this is Mandy Rose . . .

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #35 on: January 13, 2010, 21:48 »
Have we seen a band number on Mandy Rose?  or are we assuming it is her?   ???

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Re: Minnesota / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2010, 20:30 »
Leaving this morning, and home for the night:

 

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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2010 / ? & Mandy Rose
« Reply #33 on: January 09, 2010, 21:10 »
2010 NESTING SEASON

Mandy Rose is staying close to home. She left early this morning:



Once again she had eaten well:

 

Just after this pic, she moved into the nest box for the night:


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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2009 / Dad & Mandy Rose
« Reply #32 on: December 29, 2009, 19:56 »
Mandy Rose had eaten a very big meal. She settled in her nest for the night.

 

 

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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2009 / Dad & Mandy Rose
« Reply #31 on: December 18, 2009, 20:01 »
 
Mandy Rose leaving this morning                                         Visiting during the day


And home for the night

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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2009 / Dad & Mandy Rose
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2009, 20:25 »
Mandy Rose at the nest, looking very well fed again:

 

 
                                                                                       And settled in for the night

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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2009 / Dad & Mandy Rose
« Reply #29 on: December 10, 2009, 22:34 »
Mandy Rose spent some time at the nest today, looking as if she had had a big meal:

 

She moved into her nest box, and settled in for the night:

 

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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2009 / Dad & Mandy Rose
« Reply #28 on: November 28, 2009, 21:57 »
Mandy Rose, home for the night:



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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2009 / Dad & Mandy Rose
« Reply #27 on: November 16, 2009, 20:11 »
 
The phantom falcon visited the nest box                                 Then Mandy Rose was there

 
                                                                                           She settled in her nest box for the night


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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2009 / Dad & Mandy Rose
« Reply #26 on: October 28, 2009, 19:33 »
Mandy Rose taking it easy at the nest after a big meal. She was still there as it became completely dark.

 

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« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2009, 17:03 »
Mandy Rose - what a beauty she is:

 

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« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2009, 14:59 »
At the nest yesterday:

 

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« Reply #23 on: October 19, 2009, 20:07 »
Keep in mind, that even with those loses, I believe the survival rates for the species have improved (though some nests might do badly more often than not).

It is wonderful news from Xcel and well and truly above and beyond their responsibility to the birds at their plants.  It is perfectly acceptable to project managers to say, "this site just won't work" and remove the nestbox for good.  The peregrines are perfectly capable of finding somewhere new, with or without our assistance, though in cases like these, project managers tend to provide them with options nearby in order to retain successful pairs within an existing territory.  Good for the birds, good for their fans and good for the project.

I am really glad to hear that the survival rates for peregrines have improved -- they always seem so very low. I know I have read somewhere that power plant nest sites have a better survival rate than any other type of site.

It is great that Xcel is continuing to be so supportive of the falcons, as they have been for many years. And I'm glad that Mandy Rose and her mate will not have to move somewhere else.

I think this is Dad at the nest today:

 

And this is the turbine in question, after the pigeon spikes were added:


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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2009 / Dad & Mandy Rose
« Reply #22 on: October 19, 2009, 12:02 »
Keep in mind, that even with those loses, I believe the survival rates for the species have improved (though some nests might do badly more often than not).  And keep in mind, we know when the birds die when they hit a stack, turbine, powerline, building, squirrel, but that is only a few relatively speaking to the number that die anonymously so to speak in their first year. 

It is wonderful news from Xcel and well and truly above and beyond their responsibility to the birds at their plants.  It is perfectly acceptable to project managers to say, "this site just won't work" and remove the nestbox for good.  The peregrines are perfectly capable of finding somewhere new, with or without our assistance, though in cases like these, project managers tend to provide them with options nearby in order to retain successful pairs within an existing territory.  Good for the birds, good for their fans and good for the project.

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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2009 / Dad & Mandy Rose
« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2009, 05:20 »
Great news Alison!  I was worried when I read they'd take the nest box down - worried they'd return and try to nest out on an open area somewhere and meet with more disaster!  But for them to do this is amazing!!  Not only will the falcons be able to nest but they won't have to worry about falling into the stacks!

I was reading the other day that in the southern US, over 50% of birds that nest near power plants down there end up dying there either by falling into the stacks or flying into power grids and such.  Very tragic as they seem to love nesting at them.  Very happy to hear that these guys are willing to spend money to help save the peregrine falcon...they go on my 'good list'  ;)

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« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2009, 22:15 »
Excellent news on the screen!  What an improvement and relief!

I could of possibly gotten the websites mixed up Alison.  When I was watching these sites this year, the male didn't seem to interested in covering up or feeding a new born chick.  Again, I could have possily gotten some websites mixed up.  And, if I did, that's my fault!

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« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2009, 21:32 »
Let's hope that next year Dad is a little better with the chicks...Dad managed to get himself out of trouble as I'm sure the female gave him an earfull  ::)

I'm not quite sure what you mean by the statement about Dad, Allikat? This is the second year at this nest for both Dad and his mate, Mandy Rose. Each year, they have had four chicks, and Dad has done a great job providing for his family. Feeding four didn't seem to bother him at all.

The problem at this nest has been the gas turbine: three of last year's chicks were found dead at the bottom of the turbine, and earlier last year the former resident female, Nora, and a juvenile also named Nora, were found dead there. Installing pigeon spikes did not work to solve the problem; this year one dead juvie (Gandalf) and one live juvie (who was released) were found at the base of the turbine.

For this reason, it was decided that the nest would be taken down. However, there is great news from Amy of Raptor Resource:

Great news on Blackdog! Xcel Energy decided to put a screen over the natural gas stack to prevent peregrines and other birds from entering and getting trapped. We are so pleased - this will be an expensive endeavor, and while Xcel has been a great partner in peregrine recovery and management, we didn't expect this! They will be putting the screen up sometime in January.

Mandy Rose today:


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« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2009, 22:29 »
Let's hope that next year Dad is a little better with the chicks...Dad managed to get himself out of trouble as I'm sure the female gave him an earfull  ::)

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« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2009, 19:08 »
One adult at the nest late today, and then both were there for a few minutes:

 

 

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« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2009, 19:55 »
I'm not sure when the Black Dog nest box will be taken down, but for now it is still there. I hate to see the nest go, but it is by far the better option than to lose any more falcons.

I think this is Little Dad at the nest today; big eyes, and a more pointed malar stripe than Mandy Rose has:

 

 
                                                                                   They were both there for one pic only

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« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2009, 13:18 »
THIS IS OLDER NEWS
I was very disappointed to learn from the 2009 Banding Report that the spikes installed on the stack didn't prevent the problem here and that the box will be pulled.  Thanks to Bob and Xcel for their efforts.  I will really miss this site, but better not to lose any more falcons

BUT THIS IS NEW AT RRP
H/24 Gandalf died.
Another juvemile was rescused, but I don't have a band number for that one.
Amy


http://raptorresource.org/forum/index.php/topic,105.540.html
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2009, 21:03 »
One visit today for one pic only, and it's one of the juvies:



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« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2009, 19:00 »
I think this is Dad visiting the nest box today:

 

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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2009, 20:37 »
Okay I had to go look that up...gabba gabba I thought  ???  Is that like Yabba Dabba Doo  ::)  Apparently a childrens show, I'm old  :P   
Unfortuntely I do know there is a show that there is a song go gabba gabba thank goodness my grandson grew out of it fast listening to it drove me nuts

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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2009, 20:03 »
Okay I had to go look that up...gabba gabba I thought  ???  Is that like Yabba Dabba Doo  ::)  Apparently a childrens show, I'm old  :P   

I was wondering about Gabba-Gabba too - had never heard of it. It makes me think of names like Blue Foot and Jump Up which were used one year at Hamilton . . .

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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2009, 19:46 »
Okay I had to go look that up...gabba gabba I thought  ???  Is that like Yabba Dabba Doo  ::)  Apparently a childrens show, I'm old  :P   

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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2009, 19:31 »
The four Black Dog chicks were banded. They are:

Female:  1687-30290   90/D   b/r      Gracie
Female:  1687-30291   91/D   b/r      Rosalina
Male:     2206-72383   H/24   b/g      Gandalf
Male:     2206-72384   H/25   b/g      Gabba-Gabba
A while back I posted that due to a stack with a gas turbine, three of the four 2008 juvies, the former resident female, Nora, and a juvenile also named Nora were all lost. Pigeon spikes have now been installed on top of the stack to prevent the falcons from perching there. I hope this will avoid any more tragic losses. From Raptor Resource:

Xcel has installed spikes to keep the falcons (and other birds) off the natural gas stack and, according to employee observations, they seem to be working. The installation involved hoisting a worker 320 feet into the air on a crane. He welded spikes around the rim and on a crossbar. A big thanks to Xcel and whoever did the 320 foot-up welding job. Our hats are off to you!

All four chicks fledged, I hope successfully. I haven't seen any of them at the nest for a number of days now.

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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2009, 18:09 »
The four Black Dog chicks will soon be fledging. They have all been up on the edge of the nest, and one ventured onto the perch earlier. A parent is quite frequently watching over them from above.

 

 

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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2009, 05:57 »
Good point. It probably happens more than we know. We ended up with a small duck in out fireplace last year. (Imagine our surprise). It had already died by the time we discovered it unfortunately. We've also had smaller birds like sparrows that have managed to get out or we removed them. Far cry from an industrial smokestack but same idea on a smaller scale I guess.

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MN / Burnsville-Black Dog - 2009 / Dad & Mandy Rose
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2009, 00:42 »
It's not just that industry, it happens at lots of tall smokestacks.  We've lost I think 4 Manitoba birds down three stacks in the City - or at least those are the four I know about.  One was our oldest peregrine on record (18 years), at least one was a chick as I recall.  Had to retrieve one from the exhaust of a paint booth on the roof of the Eaton's Building once - bird was alive/fine - got her eyes cleaned out and re-released her.

Its not tough, bird lands on edge of stack, slips and falls, fall either kills, stack is too narrow for flight or wide enough but young birds suck at vertical flight and can't get out.  All of our birds were intact as I recall ...

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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2009, 22:19 »
That's very interesting and it is heartening to see that the industry is trying to respond to these ongoing major losses.

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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2009, 21:36 »
Alison, do you mean the chicks from this year?  They only have one left?  This years chicks, not last years fledglings?  Wow - how does that happen?  I don't even know what a gas turbine stack is.  :-[ 

No, Liz, I don't mean this year's chicks, who just hatched during the last few days. I was referring to three of last year's four beautiful chicks.

Here is more info on gas turbines, from Bob Anderson's blog earlier this year:

"Xcel Energy Blackdog plant Eagan, MN: Once again we have falcons back at this nest box located 620’ up on the stack. In 2008 we found the remains of the aggressive adult female Nora along with the remains of an immature falcon at the bottom of a gas turbine stack. Recently, the remains of three of last year’s progeny were found in this same place. My first reaction was to pull the nest box to prevent future deaths. However, in giving it more thought, I felt that we need to address this problem for the entire industry as more and more power plants are switching from coal to this type of gas turbine facility. Dan Orr has located some large spikes made by a company in England. The spikes are designed to deter birds from perching. We are hoping to install these spikes to the top rim of the 320’ stack to discourage falcons from perching. The gas turbine plant is what is called an off peak plant. When there is increased need for electricity for air conditioning in the summer and heat in the dead of winter is when this turbine comes on line. When not in use, the rim of the 320 stack is a perch. Our hopes are to find a way to deter falcons/birds from this problem area and to make recommendations to the manufacturer of this design of electric turbine generation facility."

I've been asking about the progress on the pigeon spikes. I just don't want to see any more juvies lost in this way.

I came across an article on the same kind of problem affecting hawks yesterday:

http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/Story/d0086-BC-NY-ScorchedHawks-ADV25-1stLd-Writethru-05-22-1131


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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2009, 21:23 »
Alison, do you mean the chicks from this year?  They only have one left?  This years chicks, not last years fledglings?  Wow - how does that happen?  I don't even know what a gas turbine stack is.  :-[

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2009, 21:02 »
I've been watching....

Love pic # 4...smile, you're on camera!

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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2009, 20:59 »
2009 NESTING SEASON

The falcons at the Black Dog nest are both there for their second year. The female was recently identified as Mandy Rose, band black/green 30/D, born at the Xcel Monticello nest in 2004. The male has a purple band on his right leg, and black/green on the left, but he has not yet been identified.

In their first year, they had four chicks, who all fledged successfully. Tragically, earlier this year the bodies of three of the four chicks were found at the bottom of a gas turbine stack, where the bodies of the former female, Nora, and another juvenile peregrine had been found in 2008. Attempts are being made to come up with a solution to prevent this from happening again.

The first two chicks hatched on May 22, the third on May 22-23, and the fourth on May 24.

Mandy Rose with the babies:

 

I think this is Dad. Mandy Rose has a more rounded malar stripe, while Dad's malar stripe is somewhat tapered, and he has really big eyes.