2008 Fledge Watch Meeting

We’ll be holding our 2008 Fledge Watcher’s Orientation Meeting this Thursday, June 12, 2008, at 6:00PM in the gallery at the Center at High Falls. Fledge Watch volunteers play an invaluable role year after year in the effort to ensure that the fledglings’ early flights are successful. Participating in the Fledge Watch is a great way to learn more about the falcons from experienced watchers. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to see the peregrines live, and up close!

Volunteers receive information about fledglings’ behavior and training in procedures for rescuing a downed falcon, if that should become necessary. There’s a unique camaraderie to be had sharing the excitement of watching one of nature’s true marvels!

If you need directions to the Center at High Falls, just click the link above, then click the Directions button on the left side of the screen. We hope to see you there!

-Jess

24 Responses to “2008 Fledge Watch Meeting”

  1. Cynette says:

    Its 9:07 am and I see a red band in the box, so Diamante is ok and still in the box!

  2. Debbie says:

    Debi, all 5 are in the box, with Diamante right there in for his share of breakfast. All is well

  3. Debi Bailey says:

    Thanks — the little guy must of been hidding in the back….He is so much smaller than the other’s…

  4. Debbie says:

    I know, I just went on to look again, and I can only see 4 from the main camera. He is way back in the corner hiding behind his siblings. 9:45 a.m

  5. Spiky Sandy says:

    Why is Quest’s chest all red? Has she been picking because of the pin feathers discomfort??

  6. Luana Rossbach says:

    The red is the harness for the transmitter. WHen you see the red, click on the photo to enlarge it and you will see that it is in an “H” shape.

  7. June Kogut says:

    My favorite picture was yesterday ,I think. All five were in a row near the front of the scrape. I ,too, had been thinking one was missing, so it was a relief to see them all so plainly. Wish I could join you all for the fledgling,but the drive from Cape Cod is a bit long (and I will be 76 in a couple of weeks. Don’t drive that far these days.) Have a happy and successful fledgling. I WILL be watching.

  8. Erin O says:

    Jess, Will you have any other orientation for fledge watching? I already have a previous commitment Thursday evening that I cannot get out of. I really would like to partcipate this year. Erin

  9. Barbara in WA says:

    Wow – every time I check the live cams, they look more adult. Less fuzzy white down and more adult feathers by the hour. Sometimes they crack me up, looking sort of messy ! Will they begin to jump down into the playpen soon ?

  10. I WAS WONDERING THE SAME THING..WILL THEY TRY TO LEAP DOWN BELOW? IF THEY DO WILL THEY BE ABLE TO GET BACK UP? tHEY ARE GROWING SO FAST…I JUST LOVE IT WHEN THEY ARE ALL STANDING BY THE EDGE, LIKE THIS MORNING..GROWING SO FAST. THE FLEDGE WATCH MEETING SOUNDS GREAT, IF I WERN’T BUSY I’D BE THERE.HOPE ALL GOES WELL. THANKS

  11. Jess says:

    @Erin- I’m sorry to say we will only have one orientation meeting. The good news is that you don’t have to attend the meeting in order to join the Fledge Watch! Look for details of how you can participate later this week!

    @Barbara- Generally the eyases start moving beyond the nest box a few days before they fledge. Fledging usually takes place somewhere around the 20th of June, so look for them to make their move late next week.

  12. Alison in Austria says:

    There is a list of things a fledge watcher needs to know to watch the fledglings in Harrisburg and I am pretty sure the basics are the same in Rochester, just the contact numbers and places to go are different.
    http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/falcon/recent_news.html
    I am glad they particularly impress upon the watchers not to endanger themselves.
    In Indianapolis the fledgewatch is in full swing and the official blogger, Laura, gives wonderful descriptions of what they are experiencing there.

  13. Barry S. says:

    I wonder who will be the first to move beyond the nest box? It looks like it’s going to be either Susan B. or Quest. They’ve been spending a lot of time at the front of the nest box.

  14. Debbie says:

    I think it will be either Diamante or Susan B. It also looks like Mariah has been in there encouraging them to move around a bit instead of laying there. She has been in there a lot this morning

  15. ENB says:

    I think Z man will be first.

  16. Jess says:

    @Alison- The PA DEP watch & rescue guidelines look very similar to those used by the GVAS volunteer Fledge Watch. We’ll post a copy of our Fledge Watchers Quick Reference Guide on Imprints along with the fledge watch orientation presentation later this week for anyone who’s interested, or for those who couldn’t make the meeting on Thursday.

  17. Erin O says:

    Thanks Jess.

    I agree I think our curious Zephyr will be first.

  18. caye says:

    Ever named one of the birds George? How about that name some time?

  19. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH..I THINK ITS SENECA..SHE IS LYING DOWN MOST OF THE TIME..ALL THE KIDS ARE STANDING BUT HER

  20. ENB says:

    Seneca is standing. She seems to be the late bloomer of this years brood. Hopefully she will strengthen and do as well as Linn, last years late bloomer.

  21. dms says:

    I agree … love it in the mornings when they are all standing side by side looking out or down, very funny. They look to have changed again over night, hard to imagine they will all fit in the box for too much longer. Nice to see so many offspring that have made it this far for Mariah and Kaver again this year, isnt it!? They are very close to making the leap down to the legge this year is going to be a busy fledging for M&K!!

  22. Debbie says:

    I too love it in the morning when they are all standing there at the edge. They do seem to have changed just over night. You are right dms it is definetly going to be a very busy fledging this year.

  23. Alison in Austria says:

    “We’ll post a copy of our Fledge Watchers Quick Reference Guide on Imprints along with the fledge watch orientation presentation later this week for anyone who’s interested,”
    Thank-you, Jess, that will be a great enhancement to the website, also for folks who watch fledges in other parts of the world where the process is less well-organized than it is around popular websites like in Rochester.

  24. ENB says:

    Lots of wing flapping going on.