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Offline Alison

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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1079 on: October 18, 2016, 15:37 »
It appears that Durand's mate, Spark, may be missing.

From the blog:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Spark MIA? New Male?

Fans have reported the possibility of a new male in the downtown Columbus territory and concern over the lack of sightings of the resident male, Spark. The lack of observations of Spark are not necessarily cause for concern at this time of the year. Courtship and nesting occur in late winter into spring and outside of this time frame some peregrines do migrate (remember that the Latin name for peregrine means “wanderer”).

So it is possible that Spark has migrated out of the area and in his absence another male is investigating the territory. There are any number of falcons out there (called “floaters”) that do investigate territories as they can, especially during migration. These floaters can be unmated falcons or falcons with a territory that just happen to be migrating (perhaps Spark is investigating another territory wherever he may be?).

It is also possible that the other male came into the territory and battled Spark for it. In that case, the lack of sightings of Spark would indicate that the new male was the victor.  However, most territorial battles occur between females and the lack of this other male’s assertiveness in accessing the ledge (and lack of witnesses downtown of such an altercation) would imply that a territorial battle did not occur.

Peregrines maintain the same mate from year to year but quickly find a replacement when/if something happens to one of the pair.  Therefore, the current situation may just be a case of when the cat’s away (Spark), the mice (Durand and the new male) will play-so to speak!!  The birds have no loyalty to a mate if the mate is not present.  Having the cameras running even in the “off season” definitely helps us see more of what goes on. But don’t forget, the downtown territory is large and the cameras only show about 25 feet of ledge space.  Therefore, a lot of the daily action and interactions of the peregrines can and does go on outside of our view.

Our role is to watch and learn and note what players we have when nesting season comes around again early 2017.  Any photos confirming leg bands on a peregrine that is not Durand (or a peregrine lacking leg bands) will be helpful in tracking which male(s) are confirmed in the territory.

To review, Durand's leg bands are:  right:  silver USGS band; left:  black/black 32/X
Spark's leg bands are:  right:  purple USGS band; left:  black/red 32/B

Only time will tell if Spark or the mysterious visitor--or another male altogether--will be the resident male next year.  As information becomes available, it will be shared here.

I think it is very unlikely that Spark has migrated, since he has never done so before. He has always stayed around during the winter.

I hope that he has not been in a territorial battle with another male. Unfortunately, battles between males are not uncommon; I have seen a number of those take place on cam.

I hope that Spark, son of SW and Boomer, is okay. He has been a wonderful mate for Durand and a great father to their chicks.

From where I am, the Columbus cams have not been working for several months. Either an error message states that the whole site is down, or when the site is working, only black rectangles are visible where the live stream should be, so I have been unable to keep up to date with this site.

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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1078 on: April 26, 2016, 13:14 »
The chicks are sleeping alone in a cute ball of fluff. One has only a slight covering of fluff. Papa came in and ran off with some leftovers and now appears to be keeping "watch". Not sitting, but just standing and watching.  ??? First hatch was one week ago.

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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1077 on: April 23, 2016, 13:59 »


Great photo of a feed including #4


(modified to add command to display photo - TPC)

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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1076 on: April 22, 2016, 08:52 »
The fourth chick hatched yesterday ;D
First full clutch for Spark and Durand :-*

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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1075 on: April 19, 2016, 15:14 »
 ;D Two eggs have hatched at this site. Both hatched this morning. Two down...two to go!

Video of first hatch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv3FaUHFSdk#t=38
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Offline Alison

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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1074 on: April 06, 2016, 21:06 »
Cams are still down. Just another pic of the four eggs, from the blog:



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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1073 on: March 21, 2016, 10:31 »
Thanks for posting the photo, Alison. We'll learn later is our patience pays off. :)

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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1072 on: March 21, 2016, 10:09 »
The nest cam is running and according to their blog and a photo, there are now 4 eggs. Ledge cam is still now available for now.

Unfortunately neither cam is running as of a few minutes ago; just two black rectangles.

Even when the cams were supposedly fixed, they worked only intermittently, and the full screen option was gone.

Hope they will be fixed soon.

The four eggs (pic from the blog):



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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1071 on: March 21, 2016, 09:38 »
The nest cam is running and according to their blog and a photo, there are now 4 eggs. Ledge cam is still now available for now.

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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1070 on: March 21, 2016, 07:32 »
In case anyone has tried to access this cam in the last few days, there appears to have been problems. I made an inquiry and they responded this morning........

"we are working with the Ohio Channel to get the live streaming back up and running today. Thank you for your patience"

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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1069 on: March 17, 2016, 15:24 »
 ;D There are now three eggs and counting????

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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1068 on: March 15, 2016, 13:00 »
Good news! !

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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1067 on: March 15, 2016, 08:49 »
After more than a week, both the ledge and nest cams are up and running. As a bonus, there are two eggs. Now to settle down and watch paint dry. A camera shot on their blog shows both eggs.

http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/falconcam
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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1066 on: March 14, 2016, 19:53 »
COLUMBUS PEREGRINE FALCON UPDATE

MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016
Server Issues - Cams Still Down
Unfortunately, I don't have anything new to report...the cams remain down due to server issues.  IT folks are working on it but I do not have any estimate of when it may be resolved.  Of course we hope soon!

http://ohioperegrinefalcons.blogspot.ca/


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Columbus - Rhodes Tower - 2013-2016 / Spark & Durand
« Reply #1065 on: March 08, 2016, 10:34 »
Apparently the returning male is "Spark".
« Last Edit: March 08, 2016, 10:38 by GCG »