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Santa Rosa Island; 4/25-5/2
Topic Started: May 2 2017, 07:20 PM (456 Views)
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Welcome back to Santa Rosa Island. This week the winds over the channel to Santa Rosa Island were too brutal for our usual boat ride out, so we started our week with a plane flight instead! Seeing the islands from above was breathtaking.

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However, the winds prevailed for the first half of the tour making surveys for flying birds difficult again. Nevertheless we were able to find 2 new eyries for the season and solve the mysteries of the Krummholtz and Carrington peregrines. Carrington is out of sight but they are either incubating or have chicks based on their behavior. Krummholtz, on the other hand, has 3 eggs, which are still being incubated!

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Here, the Krummholtz female is laying on her eggs at the back of the eyrie. Many of our peregrines this year are re-using old stick nests.

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The Krummholz male keeps a close eye on his observers.

We're happy to report that two of our peregrine pairs already have chicks. Trancion has two chicks. We watched the male deliver prey to the nest and the female carefully feed her young ones the fresh catch.

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We spent a night out in the field to survey the Gnoma territory and were happy to find a single 2-week old chick, which the parents were fiercely defending. In total, we now have six peregrine pairs either incubating or with chicks.

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Our Lopez eaglet is continuing to thrive. It is continuing to grow and we're beginning to notice changes in its appearance. It has a small patch of brown feathers coming in and is otherwise dark grey in color. It was sitting alone in the nest for about 20 minutes after we arrived, but the adults joined in on the nest tree later.

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As always, thank you for your interest in our project and tune in next week for another update on the Santa Rosa Island raptors!
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Tiger
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Wonderful update. Thank you.
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river
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Nice Update, Thank You!
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PearlBailey
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Thanks for the wonderful photos! Keep up the great work. :hatch:
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klemon
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Great update . Thanks for all you do.




Kathy
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sunnyland7
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IWS Crew,.
Interesting report /
Great for Lopez Chick /
Keep safe out there /
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MTPEFA
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Thanks for the update and the observations. Your photos are fantastic, clean and clear. Thanks for your attention to detail and dedication. It shows in your work. You ladies enjoy this next tour and hopefully the weather cooperates with you the entire time.
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torreycat
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Great pics & update! Those peregrines are so gorgeous, can't wait for some good views of their chicks. And glad to hear that the Lopez Cyn eaglet is doing well, still amazed that A69 (Malik) is a proud papa again -- seems like just a couple of years ago he was on the nest with K10 & K26 at Pelican Harbor. Time does fly! :<<o>>:

Thanks again for the work you're doing out there -- stay safe & enjoy the season!
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