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Welcome Back Friends!

Kaver Says Hello
After the long cold winter, we were really looking forward to starting up the Falconcam for another year. Kaver was his usual punctual self, showing up right on time.

Camera 2 Before Cleaning     Camera 2 After Cleaning

Falconcam team member Jim Pisello took advantage of today’s above-freezing temperatures to give the camera lenses a quick cleaning. The result of his work can be seen in these two photos. The one on the left is the view before cleaning– not bad, but there are some smudges visible. The one on the right is nice and clear.

Cleaning the Cameras

Here he is reaching into the nest box to scrub the camera lenses. Jim reports that Mariah defended her territory with her customary fierceness, and even Kaver came in close this time. Jim kept his head down and spent only enough time outside to wipe the dirt from each of the five cameras. No sooner did he leave the nest box area than Mariah landed on top of Camera 1, where she spent much of the afternoon. While he was there though, he couldn’t resist taking a few pictures. Here’s one of Mariah on an aggressive approach.
Mariah Incoming

Now we’re all waiting for egg laying to begin. We probably have a few weeks yet. Look for Mariah to lay her first eggs at the end of March and in the first week of April.

How many eggs will she lay this year? It’s hard to say. She surprised us two years ago with six eggs, a record for her and for Peregrines in New York State. Last year Mariah laid five, but you may recall that one of them mysteriously disappeared, leaving only four to hatch.

So what happens in 2008 is anyone’s guess. Want to be a Peregrine Prognosticator? Leave a comment and let us know how many eggs you think she’ll lay!


24 Responses to “Welcome Back Friends!”

  1. Amy & Arthur Says:

    It’s such fun to keep an eye on the cams, we saw Mariah perched on camera 1 yesterday for a long time. We are looking forward to the eggs being laid! And we guess 4 eggs this year. 🙂

  2. Cyn Says:

    I love watching these beautiful birds. I’m guessing “six” eggs.

  3. claudia Says:

    i predict FOUR…..

  4. Donna Says:

    Ok, well I was going to guess 4, but I’ll say 5. I will even go as far and predict 3 boys and 2 girls.

    Wow the camera views are sharp and clear. Thanks for the scrub job!

  5. Jean Says:

    We have had such fun watching the comings and goings. My kids and I are predicting 5 eggs this year. My 6 year old thinks they will be laid on April Fool’s day…Go Mariah!!

  6. Donna Luker Says:

    It’s wonderful to see M&K back together for another year. I wouldn’t even begin to “predict” how many eggs we’ll see this year, but I do hope for just 3. Easier on the adults (Mom’s no spring chicken, ya know!) and better chances for the eyasses, too.

    Thanks in advance for keeping us falcon addicts busy this season. And to Jim Pisello for cleaning those lenses…you just wanted another shot from the nestbox, didn’t ya? 😉

  7. Angela Says:

    WOW! Thanks for the cleaning the pictures look a lot better! I love watching them all the time I cant wait for the eggs to be laid and more birds on their way! I predict 5 eggs. She hasent had any boys in a while so mabe… Im gonna say 2 boys and 3 girls! 🙂 🙂

  8. LizinToronto Says:

    I will guess 5 eggs. Just a shot in the dark.
    I am thrilled to mention that I was on the train from NYC to Toronto last Thursday, march 6. When we were pulling into Rochester I kept a sharp eye out and was lucky enough to see one of the falcons soaring over the city towers. Unmistakable! I have wanted to catch a glimpse for about 5-6 years and finally got my wish.
    Thanks for the camera cleaning! I will be following with interest.

  9. Josh Alexandria VA Says:

    I have watched this pair since I think their first or second year. I think right after Mariah’s ‘first husband’ was replaced by Kaver. I say six eggs
    all six hatch. 5 females and 1 male.

  10. Kim - Raleigh NC Says:

    I just now found out about this place!! I love it already!! I’ll predict 4 eggs.

  11. Dawn Pozzi Says:

    Hey, Jim, thanks for cleaning the lenses. I was in Florida and the Caribbean last week and came back Monday to find our friends back on camera, a welcome diversion from the snow piled up on my driveway! If Kaver is here, can spring be far behind?

    I look forward to another year.

  12. DEB Says:

    Oh what fun to come. I have been watching since the first of the year waiting for them to return and got so excited when I saw Mariah. I do have a question though. How do you pronounce Kaver name exactly?

    I am predicting four babies for Mom and Dan. They are such great parents, they love all their children I hope they have more thatn four. Good Luck Mariah and Kaver. Good to see you guys again!!!

  13. Jess Says:

    @DEB – Kaver rhymes with “caver” or “braver”.

  14. Kim - Raleigh NC Says:

    Is anyone else having problems with the multi view? I can’t ever get the photos to load – only the main view is working for me. Am I doing something wrong?

  15. DEB Says:

    Thanks Jess for letting me know how to pronounce Kaver’s name. I knew I was always saying it wrong. Well I hope proud papa gives Mariah some healthy babies with all the food he brings. Bring on the Kids!!!!!!!!!

  16. Lisa R. Says:

    There’s an egg! There’s an egg! YAY! 😀

  17. Jess Says:

    @Lisa – Not yet, Lisa. Mariah probably won’t begin laying her eggs for another week or so. It’s just a fairly large round stone in the scrape. I can see why you were fooled, though. I had to look at it a couple of times myself!

  18. Lisa R. Says:

    Ooops. Guess I was a little anxious, there. 🙂

  19. AJ Says:

    I thought when the falconcam opened that I’d be seeing some pictures of the falcons. So far nothing. An empty scrape. The views of the multi views are very fuzzy and really won’t be good for viewing our birds at all. Not complaining, just thought you should know.


  20. AJ Says:

    Just want to say that the pictures are much clear in the daylight than the night ones.

  21. frankie Says:

    i think she will lay 5 eggs 3 boys and 2 girls

  22. Heldie Says:

    I concur with Donna Luker – 3 would be easier on Mariah and Kaver, though both have proven themselves to be more than capable providers!

  23. Gail Jobes Says:

    Gail says 4 eggs 2 boys & 2 girls I keep looking every day I am getting excited! Great Job with all the pictures and info. keep up the great job!!

  24. Jean Says:

    Have watched for years, hoping for 5 eggs.

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