Thursday, October 19, 2017

One dead falcon chick

The two falcon chicks escaped their wooden box into the metal gutter where the box sits.  I took a screen grab on Tuesday and both chicks were far from the box. I later saw a video where someone had grabbed some footage and both chicks were being fed.


Wednesday morning when I checked, one seemed to be dead to me, but sometimes they just like sleeping. By Wednesday night I was convinced one chick had died and it has. It is odd that I haven't  seen any mention of this, especially on Twitter.

We had a couple of hot days, and in spite of me seeing a parent shading the chicks, perhaps one succumbed to the sudden heat. The other seems fine. I saw it gazing around skywards, looking for a parent returning with food and comfort.

The weather is cooler now, and the surviving chick is back in the wooden box.


Well, that is a bit sad. I doubt anyone will interfere and remove the dead chick. It is as nature happens. Falcons have been nesting in the same spot for many years, although I read somewhere that they didn't for a couple of years after a falcon fed illegally poisoned pigeon meat to the chicks. The surviving chick will get more food and probably thrive.



16 comments:

  1. I love that you've been keeping up to date, and the death of the one bird is sad. Hopefully all will be well for the survivor. Hugs...RO

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  2. Sad that one has died and I agree it was probably the sudden hot spell. I noticed Pat's budgie, Mitchell was a bit lethargic for the three hot days we had, then today he was as perky as always.

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    1. River, rather like hot weather affects me.

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  3. I hate that one died. Babies in the wild are always at risk.

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    1. Sandra, indeed they are, even if it is man made wild environment.

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  4. Hopefully the surviving chick will do well and thrive with more food as you say.

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    1. Sami, I wonder how they get liquid? Parental saliva? Moisture from the meat?

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  5. It is the way of things but not easy to accept. I hate watching those nature programmes when an animal is in danger. I desperately want the cameraman to interfere.

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    1. Marie, I know what you mean. Worse if it is a human tragedy and the cameraman does nothing.

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  6. Definitely sad. I suspect you are right and the surviving chick will thrive on extra food and attention. I hope you are right.

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    1. EC, it is often the way that the stronger chick will fight for more food. Perhaps it is written in Darwin's scheme.

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  7. They are fascinating to watch but it's heartbreaking when something like that happens and you can't do anything about it. It really is the survival of the luckiest out there 😊

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  8. It's difficult to watch those bird live cams sometimes. I figure the two kittens left with the mom cat I just got fixed and returned, will have a better chance since I at least trapped two of her four kittens.

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    1. Strayer, I am quite sure you will get them all. You always do.

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