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Author Topic: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff  (Read 3506 times)

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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2011, 11:26:33 PM »

I asked and here's what Chris said about the reason the chicks didn't hatch:

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In this instance, I believe snow or rain in mid-April.  They were incubating on 31 March and 7 April on a ledge that has failed before in a past year due to flooding.  I had climber Mike Thompson rappel to this ledge on Thursday but he found no eggs.  And no defensive peregrines either.  However, enough time has elapsed that a scavenging raven could have carried any/all abandoned eggs away.

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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2011, 09:40:08 AM »

Slab Falcons - nice !

At least they are not "mud falcons"   ;)
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2012, 08:51:15 PM »

The raptor closure at Rumney has been lifted. Apparently the birds failed to produce chicks this year!

This is quite disappointing...
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2012, 08:56:45 PM »

I am sad for the birds but I will be lying if I do not say I am glad to be able to visit The Main Cliff up to 2 months earlier than otherwise.
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2012, 07:15:33 AM »

I wonder if that super hard late frost was the culprit? I only have 1 apple between two trees this year?  I heard that 90% of VT's apple crop was killed in that frost.
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2012, 08:44:58 AM »

With the birds, I doubt it's anything as specific as late frost or cold, etc.  In a given year, it's probably difficult to generalize about why they didn't successfully fledge chicks, but I would be interested in hearing from the Audubon folks if there are any theories. 
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2012, 09:11:36 AM »

the general theory is that it was the heavy rains/storms of the past several weeks. in one case there actually were chick that hatched and were killed.
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2012, 09:15:12 AM »

That is really disheartening  :(  I almost wish I didn't know .....
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2012, 05:10:03 PM »

I wonder if that super hard late frost was the culprit? I only have 1 apple between two trees this year?  I heard that 90% of VT's apple crop was killed in that frost.

I'm not sure if I'm being a bit Kook,  I have one apple on my tree and a really poor showing in the vegetable garden this year.  Is it just me?
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2012, 07:23:32 PM »

Tons of apples and a huge garden this year, but I"m in western mass, still zone 5.

We did have a cold snap (22) after really warm weather but none of the fruit blossoms seem to have been affected.
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #25 on: June 12, 2012, 11:43:01 PM »

Ward, thanks for the update on he apple situation in Western MA.  I was starting to wonder since we go apple-picking near Leominster in October and I have been hoping for another giant crop.  We live in Eastern MA and our flowering plants and grass have been doing great so FAR! :)
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #26 on: June 13, 2012, 12:01:26 AM »

is there ANY possibility of keeping threads on topic, or is it a lost art? [wry grin]
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #27 on: June 13, 2012, 09:50:10 AM »

is there ANY possibility of keeping threads on topic, or is it a lost art? [wry grin]

If any one retrobolts my apple orchard I'll have Strand turn them into applesauce.
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #28 on: June 13, 2012, 04:00:02 PM »

is there ANY possibility of keeping threads on topic, or is it a lost art? [wry grin]

oops   :P
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #29 on: June 13, 2012, 06:11:01 PM »

It's not all bad out there in Peregrine land.  the  ones in PA on the Rachel Carlson building had 2 males fledge and do fine. 

http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/falcon/default.htm
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