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Carol P. – Tag Teaming the Gulls! – Monday, July 21, 2008 (8:30 am – 1:30 pm)

At 8:30 a.m., the rain stopped and I was ready to start my Watch. Three juvies could be seen at various spots in the gorge. I decided to head out to the observation deck and for the next 2 hours, I was entertained by their antics. Flying close by my position, overhead, chasing ducks, gulls and each other. Anything that moved was fair game, including the baby groundhog that lived on the grass in front of the observation deck.  Jeanne joined me for awhile and I told her that I had witnessed Diamante and Seneca tag teaming the gulls. I have never seen them do that before. One would fly low over the gulls, getting them to fly, while the other would fly above, chasing the gulls that took flight. This is the same behavior that the Watchers have seen when Mariah and Kaver tandem hunt. Very cool!

Jeanne had to leave and the flying continued. I was able to positively
ID 4 of the 5 juvies, Seneca, Diamante, Susan B and Quest.

At noon I was joined by Lisa McK and Larry O. After having to sit out
a really nasty downpour in our cars, we were witness to a food exchange
over the gorge by who, due to size, we were pretty sure was Kaver. Only
one juvie came up to accept the tidbit from Kaver, landing on the
Gorsline Building on the west side of the High Falls.

I left Lisa and Larry around 1:30 p.m. Mornings continue to be a great
time to see lots of incredible flying by our juvies.

Carol P.

6 Responses to “Carol P. – Tag Teaming the Gulls! – Monday, July 21, 2008 (8:30 am – 1:30 pm)”

  1. Maureen in MA Says:

    Sounds like great fun with the gull! Thank you for your continued reports!

  2. June Kogut Says:

    Obviously the juvies have been paying attention to their parents. Good for them! GOOD for them in every way. Thanks for your informative report.

  3. Barbara Says:

    How exciting that you witnessed the teamwork between Diamante and Seneca for your report. The fledglings are rapidly becoming more skillful and creative. With what’s been learned about bird behavior over the years, the expression “Bird Brain” has become a compliment!
    Thanks, Carol P.
    (Los Angeles)

  4. Kathy V Says:

    Thanks for the report. I wonder where Zephyr was.

  5. Kris G. Says:

    I think our Zephyr has “flown the coop” as they say. No one has mentioned him in about a week. Great report Carol and lucky you to have the opportunity to see so many good things with the juvies!


  6. ENB Says:

    Beautiful photo on falconcam page of Seneca eating her greens.


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