It’s a new day

Well, I have finally decided to give up on the hospital roof site for the Peregrine falcon nesting box. This is very disappointing but we were never allows to place the box. We have missed a second breeding season. I have an alternate site in mind, not as good as the old one but still with some potential. This site is about one and a half miles from the Mississippi and the building is not as tall as the hospital but I am starting to work for this site anyway. I will keep you posted.

Since this site is up and running I am thinking about changing this site to be one of sharing hawking information and photos.

The word Hawking when used as a noun to describes the sport of hunting with a hawk of other bird of prey. When used as a verb without an object it means to to fly, or hunt on the wing, like a hawk or other birds of prey.

The origin of the word Hawk: 
before 900;

Middle English hauk ( e ),

Old English hafoc; 

Old Frisian havek,

Old Saxon habuc 

Old High German habuh,

Old Norse haukr  hawk,

Polish kobuz    

Hawking is the sport of hunting with a trained bird of prey. It is also know as Falconry and the hunter is known as the Falconer. The terms Hawking and Falconry are used interchangeably.  To keep thing easier to understand, the pronoun “He” refers to the Falconer, and the term “She” refers to the bird. It’s not sexist, it is just easier. The term Hawk is correct for hawks and falcons alike, it is a generic term referring to the Faulkner’s BOP

The training of the bird of prey (BOP) is key. While a BOP is never a pet, a bond is developed between the bird and the Falconer. It is a food/hunting bond. The bird with appropriate training realizes the falconer, dog or ferret is a good way to be assured of consistant successful hunting and the ability to have a steady supply of food. It is a unique sport in that it is not the falconer who is in charge of the hunt but rather the BOP. Tom Cade an ornithologist and falconer was reported to call falconry as a special form of bird-watching. Once the BOP leaves the glove or perch, it is on its own, there is little the falconer can do at this point. All the hours of training together pays off as the falconer/BOP bond is tested during the hunt. If the training was good and the bond strong the bird will hunt, kill and return to the glove. After the bird leaves the glove, until it returns to the glove, there is not much the falconer can do but watch and listen for his BOP.

Sharp-shinned hawkAdele, the Sharp-shinned hawk           

This is Adele, the Sharp-shinned Owl her falconer is Dennis Samnee.

The Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) is a small hawk. In fact, “sharp-shins” or “sharpies” are the smallest to reside in USA and Canada. There are three Accipiters the largest is the Goshawk, the Cooper hawk and the Sharp-shinned hawk. The Cooper hawk and the Sharp-shinned hawk look very similar except for their size the Cooper hawk being the larger of the two. The appearance of the Sharp-shinned hawk has a short and curved bill with a small yellow cere.

There size range between 9-13 inches long with 23-inch wingspan, very thin pencil like legs. Their color can be from light and dark gray, blue gray, white, rusty red, or brown. As far as markings the genders are similar.  The head and back are medium to dark gray, white breast is thickly streaked with rusty red or brown streaks, long squared-off tail has darker gray horizontal strips and a thin white stripe on the tip. Adults have red eyes while juvenile birds have yellow eyes with a faint white streak along the eyebrow.

The Sharp-shinned hawks occur in a wide range of woodland and forest types, both dominated by conifers and by various types of broad-leaved trees like oaks.. These birds surprise and capture all their prey from cover or while flying quickly through dense vegetation. They are adept at navigating dense thickets and many attacks are successful, although this hunting method is often hazardous to the hawk. The great majority of this hawk’s prey are small birds, especially various songbirds such as sparrows, wood-warblers, finches, wrens, nuthatches, tits, and thrushes. Birds caught have ranged in size from a 4.4-g Anna’s Hummingbird to a 577-g (1.2-lb) Ruffed Grouse and virtually any bird within this size range is potential prey. Typically, males will target smaller birds, such as sparrows and wood-warblers, and females will pursue larger prey, such as American Robins and flickers, leading to a lack of conflict between the sexes for prey. These hawks often exploit backyard bird feeders in order to target congregations of ideal prey. They often pluck the feathers off their prey on a post or other perch. Rarely, Sharp-shinned Hawks will also eat rodents, lizards, frogs, snakes, and large insects.

Cooper Versus Sharpie chart              This is a chart I made to remind me of the subtle differences

                                                              between a Cooper and Sharp-shinned hawks

Cooper versus Sharp-shinned hawk chart -2

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Second Chance of Peregrine falcon Breeding Box @ SAH!!!!!!!


I had all but given up on being allowed to place the Peregrine falcon breeding box on the roof of St. Alexius Hospital here in St. Louis Missouri. However, something recently changed and there may be a glimmer of hope. It was just announced St. Alexius has a new CEO. His name is Michael Motte. He is keenly interested in this project and he and I have had several conversations about placing the nesting box. The concept of the project had been approved but there has been a legal issue holding the project up. Apparently, we are missing a legal contract that defines how the project should progress. I was asked to “get” a contract so the project can go forward. So, where does one get a legal contract to place a birdhouse??? It seemed like we were back at square one UNTIL I thought back to my old high-school beau. Well that did not come out right! I should have said my handsome, debonair, kind, generous, bird loving, aviary conservationist, lawyer beau from high-school, Chase Kimball. Chase is a lawyer in the firm of, Lewis Hanson in Salt Lake City. He is also the President of the Wasatch Avian Education Society. I know he has a least one pajama eating Cockatoo named Curly (see older photo below – of Chase and Curly  – not the pajamas with the holes). The other photo below is a recent photo of Chase while in central Utah showing him releasing a rehabilitated Red-tailed hawk after the hawk sustaining an injury, that might have been caused by electrocution.

I jotted down some notes on my understanding of how the project would work, which included that the CEO’s main concern was to protect the hospital’s interests, that Jeff Meshack the Assistant Director of the World Bird Sanctuary here in St. Louis, would be the advisor to the project and to help us to follow all the Federal and Missouri State laws that protect the Peregrine falcons, and that I would donate the equipment and run the website. After Chase read what I had written, he turned my rantings, into a very official looking legal contract that protects St. Alexius and the local Peregrine falcons. Great job Chase, thank you so much for your help in this matter. This contract has to be look over by the hospital’s corporative lawyers and “approved”. If that all goes well, then we should be able to place the breeding box on the roof of St Alexius Hospital.  I have my fingers crossed.

Above I have included a few WBS guest resident Peregrine falcon photos. The falcon is Millennium a three year old blind falcon and Sirrocco the tiercel who is retired from the Air force BASH program. I adopted these falcons by writing a check to WBS once a year. This money is spent to help defer the cost of keeping these Peregrine falcons. WBS sends me a little adoption certificate with the birds photo on it each year, it is really cute. I can not think of any better way to spend my money than to know I am one of the people helping to pay for their food and care for the year. Millennium and Sirrocco are two of my favorite Birds of Prey at WBS, but then again, I think I say that about every birds I get a good photo of at WBS.

The other photos below are of Jeff Meshack, from WBS, banding the downtown St. Louis Peregrine falcons a few weeks ago. The local Peregrine falcons we see around St. Alexius MAY be offspring of one of these downtown Peregrines. They also might have come from a known breeding pair in Forest Park (who use to nest at Barnes Hospital but now nest in the park near the hospital) or from St. Louis University Hospitals Peregrine falcons nest. St. Louis Peregrine falcons seem to like to nest near hospitals, or maybe the hospitals are the tallest urban sites for them to nest and hospitals always seem to have a lot of pigeons, the Peregrine falcons favorite food.

If…, no….., WHEN we get full approval for this project it will be fun to see if the falcons we see at St Alexius are banded, if they are, then we will know where they came from. Fun!

Again, our thanks to Chase Kimball for his help.

St. Louis BandingChase kimballChase Kimball with Red-tail HawkST Louis BandingSt. Louis BandingSt. Louis Banding

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    Worcester UK St. Andrews Spire Peregrine Falcons


    Watching Peregrine falcons on-line is fabulous. There are many sites to view (sites listed on the link page of website Most of the sites on-line show views where the cameras is pointed towards the Peregrine falcon, the nest or the chicks. However, from the top window of the St. Andrews Spire, in Worcester UK, a completely different camera perspective is seen.

    The Spire’s camera is mounted in a way that we see the Peregrine falcons view of Worcester. The camera is mounted in the window, behind the falcon, looking out over the rooftops of Worcester. In every video clip some part of the Worcester sky is seen. The sky views can range anywhere from “thick as peas soup fog”, cloudy, windy, stormy and yes, even beautifully bright sunny blue skies.

    The Peregrine falcon shown in the Spire’s videos is of a falcon (female peregrine falcon) called Bobbin. She will be two years old this spring. She might mate this year. It has been reported that tiercels (male Peregrine falcon) have flown by Bobbin’s perch, but so far, she does not seemed to be interested in bonding. It is still early in the breeding season, so things may change. Usually, shortly after the chicks fledge (leaves the nest) the parents encourage the fledglings to leave the territory. This usually occurs 4-6 weeks after they train the fledglings to hunt on their own. I have been told on occasion the fledglings return in subsequent years to the nest to help with the feeding of they new chicks. Bobbins parents have not been seen in the area for a while so she has stayed in the territory full time. It is not known if the parents left for the winter and will be back this spring to claim their territory, or if something has happened to them, and they will not be back. So there are many unknowns. Will Bobbin mate this season, will she and her mate stay at St. Andrews Spire and claim it as their territory, will Bobbin’s parents return to claim their old territory, if they do return what will Bobbin do? It is truly a day to day high drama mystery!  I know the chaps (if your a Yank substitute “folks” for “chaps” and it will make more sense) in Worcester will be keeping a close eye on the Peregrine falcons at St. Andrews Spire and will let us know if there is any bonding activity this spring and by whom.

    The Spire’s Peregrine falcons perch site shows us what the falcon does when she is on the perch. Bobbin sits on her broom handle perch and watches and watches and watches then suddenly whoosh she is gone. Then a little later she flies back with a pigeon in her talons. She drops the freshly killed prey in the window and often has to rest, panting, for a few seconds to catch her breath from the work of flying to this height with the additional weight of the pigeons body after the effort of the hunt. After she catches her breath, right in front of the camera lens, she plucks, then eats her catch. This view has never been so well documented. If you are squeamish this may not be a video for you. If you love the absolute perfection of nature, then you are at risk of becoming obsessed by these fabulous video clips like I am.


    On the site of St Andrews spire there uses to be a St Andrew’s church which was built during the 15h century. It fell into disrepair and was demolished in the late 1940’s. Now all that is left standing on this site is the spire. The spire is also known as the “Glovers Needle” since at one time Worcester was known for its glove making. The current lighting was added to the spire in 2000. For the Yanks reading this blog, a spire, is the pointed part of the cathedral’s architecture, we might think of it as the steeple on a church. The town of Worcester built a new Worcester Cathedral not too far from the St. Andrews Spire. Bobbin often flies to the Worcester Cathedral to hunt for prey (pigeons).

    Worcester is a beautiful town, they seem to be in harmony with the land. I have never been there yet, through looking at the many online websites of Worcester, I feel like I know this quaint town with all its nature and beauty. I want to give a special thanks to the town of Worcester for allowing me use their photos and videos of the Peregrine falcons. I also can’t wait to see what is going to happen this spring. Today is the longest day of the year, that means spring WILL BE HERE SOON so hang in the Britain the snow will go and spring will come!

    You can easily follow the Worcester Peregrine Falcons on their Face-book page Peregrine Falcons at Worcester.

    You can also review all the current videos and still shot photographs on line at

    A special thank you to the following photographers for their beautiful photos of the Worcester Peregrine falcons, Worcester Cathedral and the St. Andrews Spire. You can visit each of these photographers work at the following sites on Flickr:



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    I feel I was unfair with my last Millennial remarks. After reviewing all the photos she really does have a BIG presence, which for a Peregrine falcon is appropriate. Perhaps her presence intimidated me so much I wrote those not so nice words (Mad, Short & Fat). I am sorry I have reconsidered and withdraw my first words about Millennium.

    She really is a MAGNIFICANT looking bird, even if she is intimidating!


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    It’s Bon Voyage for the Royals


    These photos are property of Carlos Royal and are copyrighted. Carlos gave me permission to publish them this one time for this Blog only.

    Two of my dearest friends are going on a well deserved vacation. It’s funny how we live today because of technology. I do not know the names of the people who live next door to me, yet I consider Carlos & Donna Royal to be dear friends. I have never met the Royals and I probably never will. I have never actually spoken to the Royals yet they have impacted my life.

    Let me explain. Last summer I came upon their web site  I followed them on www.Ustreamtheowlbox1 and www.Ustreamtheowlbox2, however there are many ways to see the Worlds Most Famous Owls Molly & Magee Royal. You can even Google “MollytheOwl” and find them.

    Carlos and Donna live in San Marcos California and two years ago Donna asked Carlos to install a Barn owl box in their backyard. He did and the first year nothing happened. This spring something wonderful happened and over 3 million people have tuned in to watch, myself included.

    Now some people would have been happy to watch and enjoy breeding Barn Owls in their backyard, but not Carlos and Donna. Carlos and Donna installed a live-real-time bird cam inside the owl’s nesting box. This live feed was sent to the site the www.Ustreamtheowlbox2and has Donna’s name on it. Carlos would go out every night with his camera and super lens and take fabulous still shots of Molly the owl and her husband Magee. Carlos would edit his photos and post them on the site the www.Ustreamtheowlbox1 with his name on it. Using his camera, tripod and some type of flash set up, Carlos has taken photographs any proffesional wildlife photographer would be envious of. I shared Carlos with Jeff at the World Bird Sanctuary here in St Louis. When he saw the owlets he wanted to go right then and band them to keep track of them. I explain we could not do that since these were wild owlets in California and not here in Missouri. He was disappointed. Missouri has very low census for Barn owls. The World Bird Sancturary along with Missouri Concervation Department have hacking programs to re-introduce Barn Owls around Missouri. (See for more information on this).

    I have to admit I am a Molly the Owl groupie , which is often referred to as being an Owl-aholic. I watched all the time. It was unreal to see Molly feed the owlets. I even developed the habit of getting up at 02:00 just to check on the owlets. Molly and Magee had two clutches and fledged six health owls by the time the Owl Box went empty. One night while we were all watching, Carrie fell off the platform to the ground.  Ashley flew down to be with her, while Magee was off to the side raising havoc to keep the cat way from Carrie. Eventually Ashley showed Carrie how to jump/flap back to the box and safety. Carrie was not yet able to fly when she fell. After witnessing this type of owl drama day(night), it should not have surprised me that I wept when Carrie, the last owlet in the clutch, flew away from the owl box as a fledged owl.

    We did get to see the new fledgling a few more times since they will stay with Molly & Magee too learn to hunt. After four to six week of hunting lessons Molly & Magee will force their owlets to leave their hunting territory. Then the fledged owls will be on their own and have to find their own homes, mates and territories to start their own families.

    I know that  Max, Austin,  Pattison, Wesley, Ashley & Carrie will all be good parents since Molly and Magee were such good parents. I witnessed his miricle  because Carlos and Donna gave up their personal time to do the hours of work it takes to put this type of production on. I thank them both so much.

    Carlos and Donna do you know why God gave us seven cervical vertebrae in our necks? He wanted us to stop what we are doing in our busy lives, look up towards heaven and be amazed at His creations the birds (and Barn owls). You helped make this happen over 3 million times. May God continue to bless you for honoring Him.


    For more Molly and Magee:

    Google “Mollytheowl”

    www.Ustream.TV.theowlbox1  (Carlos Royal)

    www.Ustream.TV.theowlbox2  (Donna Royal) Blog where you can leave comments AND see all the hundreds of fabulous photographs all the way from the beginning. scroll down to bottom of page, click the previous entry to go back one days post. You keep doing this until you can see every photo. Eric Blehm (writer, editor and publisher) has two coffee table books available of the first and second clutches.  These book are really fabulous!!!!. There are other books and Molly and Magee merchandise for sale. Lots of thing to see. Check it out. -Molly and Magee Merchandise for sale – cute items free downloads of Molly and Magee “stuff” check it out.

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    To continue with my World Bird Sanctuary visit on 11 Nov10. As I had mentioned in the earlier post the male Peregrine falcon is called the teircel. This word is derived from the French word that means one third, since the male Peregrine falcon is about one third the size of the falcon (female).

    After taking photographs of the (female) Peregrine falcon I walked towards the other end of the compound. It was still fairly early in the morning and it was very quiet. Right after  passing the Averiary hospital I encountered the most charming bird I have ever seen. I was still the only visitor in the area when I came upon a sign that told me I was looking at a tercel or male Peregrine falcon named Sirrocco.

    I stood directly in front him and brought my camera out. As soon as he saw the camera he started preforming. He stood up straight and tall and slowly started turning in a complete circle all the way around his perch. He turned his head from side to side and raised and lowered and opened and folded his wings. Every five to ten seconds he would turn his head and look directly at me as if to say “O.K. are you getting all of this? Am I Turning too fast for you?” I had a very distinctive impression this teircel knew I was taking his photograph. AT the time it occurred to me he was probably a teaching bird so he was used to human attention and I figured I was the first visitor for they day so he was really giving me a show. As he kept posing and turning I think I shot several hundred photographs in 20-30 minutes.

    I was stilling taking picutres when he hopped down off his perch to the gravel, turned his back on me and stared out into the woods holding very still. I stood quietly there several more minutes. He turned his head to look at me twice, then looked back into the woods. I had the feeling he was saying “That’s it, the shows over. I did my job now you can move on.” So I did. Just before I moved completely out of site, I looked back and he was back up on his perch.

    I continued down the path looking at the Bald Eagles and the other birds down located in this section. At the end of this path there was an intriguing trail heading down hill, I thought that headed towards the river. I wanted to explore this trail, but fortunately, I realized I was carrying too much camera equipment to trek down the trail so I decided to save this for my next visit to WBS when I am carrying less camera equipment.

    On my way back I did walk by Sirrocco again. I watched him for a few more minutes and I just could not help but feeling he was the most “Noble” bird I had ever seen. It was a little after noon and there were people several families in the area (making too much noise for me) so I decided I would call it a day. I certainly had no complaint since I has spent all the morning hours with the only noise being woods sound, bird calls far and near and my own foot fall down the path. All in all a fantastic day.

    I went home and downloaded my images to the computer and I was not disappointed with my days efforts. I was extremely pleased with the photographs of Sirrocco.  I can’t remember why, but I  decided to go to the WBS website. Once there I decided to double check the names of some of the birds I had photographs, when I found this note posted on the WBS website:

    Sirrocco is a captive bred bird who came to the World Bird Sanctuary from another facility.

    In 1996, he was working at Scott Air Force Base as part of the Bird Air Strike Hazard program (B.A.S.H.). This program saves many lives every year by using falcons to deter other birds from flying in the vicinity of airfields, thereby preventing midair plane/bird collisions. That year, while chasing a dove who flew toward a chain link fence he was unable to veer off in time and collided with the fence, breaking both wingtips.

    At first it was thought that he would never fly again. After his wings had healed, one of our dedicated staff members actually taught him to fly again, and he joined the BASH group at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.

    Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that he would never be able to maneuver well enough to resume his Air Force career. He returned to World Bird Sanctuary and began a new career as an educational bird. When he’s not traveling throughout the country as an ambassador for his species, he can be found in the weathering area behind the Visitor Information Center.

    You have to remember my visit just happened to be on 11 Nov 10, Veterans Day. I started my day early and lugged way too much camera equipment around for too many hours. I also spent several hours organising all my photographs after I return home. I was physically and mentally tired and when I read this information about Sirrocco on the WBS website I lost it. I suddenly became very emotional.

    Now it all made sense. I did not know it at the time but Sirrocco is a Veteran. As a matter of fact it would be more accurate to call him a  Disabled American Veteran. He is a retired member of the United States Air Force. His over all color is even Air Force Slate Blue! No wonder he was so well behaved and PROUD to show me what he’s made of.

    If you have never been to World Bird Sanctuary, it is worth the trip just to see this spectacular Retired Air Force flyer.

    Do make a trip to World Bird Sanctuary and ask one of the staff members to point Sirrocco out. Come out to support a Veteran. I’m sure he will not disappoint.


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    Visit to World Bird Sancturary


    (Click on photo to enlarge)

    On 11 Nov 10 I visited the World Bird Sanctuary which is located west of St. Louis and near the Hwy 44 and 141 interchange.

    It was a beautiful fall day and the leaves were spectacular. I brought my camera equipment thinking I might get some good photos of the Peregrine Falcons and Barn Owls. I was not disappointed. I had planed on spending about an hour and ended up spending almost five hours. I arrived early in the morning as the WBS staff were just taking the birds from the night areas to their outside perches. It was early in the morning on a week day and I was practically alone the whole time. It was beautifully quiet and the birds were wonderful.

    I started with the falcon. I’m not sure if it was because she was a little lower than I was or if she was in a bad mood, but she looked mad. I know that sounds silly but look at the photos. In peregrine falcons the female is called the falcon and the male is the teircel from the french word that means one-third, since the males are about one third smaller than the females. This is common in birds of prey (raptors) this also makes it easier in identification of the male and female when seen together in flight or perched. The difference in size is beneficial when they are mated since there is less competition for food when they hunt since the larger falcon takes the larger birds and the smaller tercel takes the smaller birds. So one should expect the female to look and actually be larger than the male. For some reason the falcon was not standing on her perch but rather she was sitting and from my vantage above her it made her …. well I think she looked …..I hate to have to say this …. she looked fat!!!!.

    Sorry Walt, sorry Jeff, is that not just the worst thing I could possibly say?!? Now I’ve said the falcon looked mad and fat. I hope I don’t get banned from WBS it’s such a beautiful place to go.

    Peregrine falcons have the most beautiful barred (stripped) feathers on their legs that makes them look like they are waring pantaloons. Since she was sitting you could not see her beautiful leg feathers and I thought it made her look short and fat. I don’t know, look at her photo what do you think?  Could I just be parshal to the tercels?? Well it is what it is, I hope what I said does not get back to HER! So shhhh don’t let her know what I said.

    Hopefully someone at WBS can come to this poor falcons rescue with some explanation of these photos? Maybe I’m a bad photographer? Maybe I caught the falcon on a bad day? Maybe she is not a  morning falcon? Maybe YOU need to go to WBS and check her out for yourself and write a comment to this post.

    Near the falcon was one of the two American Kestrels. They are one of my favorite birds. I like Kestrels for many reasons such as, they are birds of prey, they are common in the area I live, they are the only bird that “kites” in the State of Missouri so they are easy to spot along the roadside. Oh yes, and they are GOURGIOUS. Their coloration almost look like someone painted their colors on. They are pint sizes little birds of prey and they are so cute I wish I could pick one up and put it in my shirt pocket (however I do resist this temptation and can not recommend you trying to do this). Both little Kestrels were hopping around looking up in the sky, looking at me, looking towards little noises made by the other birds or noise coming out of the woods. They both had this attitude that they were VERY important birds and had a lot of IMPORTANT things to do such as, looking and listening. (Which are very important things for a raptor to do.) I love the camouflage face on the back of their heads. This camouflaged face on the back of their head offers them some protection since a predator might hesitate in thinking the kestrel was looking at them when its really the back of their head. Even if you are a raptor, when you are this small you need to take all the protecting you can get.

    Then there were the two Barn Owls. I have a real soft spot in my heart for Barn Owls. I spent four month of this past summer watching Molly and Magee Royal raise and fledged two clutches of owlets in San Marcos California. I will tell you about Molly who is claimed to be the most famous Barn Owl in the world in another post. The Barn owls were beautiful they always look so soft, but the morning I was there they were pretty quite. I left this area and went wandering the paths to the other end of the compound taking time to look at each of the many common and uncommon birds on display. I was wandering along until I came upon a very special tercel Peregrine. He was so special I am not going to tell you about him in this post I want him to have his very own post. So I will end this here and I hope you can catch my next post on Sirrocco.

    I also strongly recommend if you live in the Midwest and especially if you live in the St. Louis area that your visit the World Bird Sanctuary. I will enclose their website. They are also on Face-book and they are in the Telephone directory. They are located on the same road as Lone Elk Park which is about 20 minutes west of Hwy 270 and Hwy 44.

    Founded: 1977


    Admission & Parking is FREE!

    Over 200 birds on exhibit including hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, pelicans and more!At the forefront of developing future generations of personally responsible young Americans, the World Bird Sanctuary encourages them to make decisions that lead to thoughtful earth stewardship and management of natural resources. As an acknowledged leader in the fields of environmental education and raptor rehabilitation, the World Bird Sanctuary is considered to be the best center of its kind in the United States. We have over 30 years of success in achieving our mission through our four focus areas, and numerous accolades and awards for our achievements in wildlife conservation and education. The World Bird Sanctuary is a Mission:
    The World Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to preserve the earth’s biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments. We work to fulfill this mission through education, propagation, field studies and rehabilitation.
    125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road
    Valley Park, MO 63088Tel: 636-225-4390 ext. 0

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    Dave Morrison of


    I’ve been checking in on the website by Dave Morrison in London. The site is called  Dave takes pictures of peregrine falcons that live in and around the historic areas of London. One of the tabs on this site is called the Parliament Diary. The photos in this section blow me away. I can’t decide which is more impressive the close up photographs of the ornate old buildings or the fabulous shots of the peregrines in close proximity to these special buildings.

    This site is really worth checking out. I have included a few of Dave’s photographs above. Dave gave me permission to put these photos on my blog. These are NOT my photograph and the are the property of Dave Morrison.

    I am very jealous of his photography, especially the way he combines the beautiful buildings as the background and the peregrines doing what peregrines do best which includes, perching, flying & hunting. It makes me wonder on an average how many hours a week Dave spends sitting waiting and sitting and waiting to get these types of shots. Every person who owns a camera may wonder at one time or another why they can’t take pictures like these. I KNOW WHY. For me there’s three reason. First I don’t live in London, second I don’t own a camera/lens like what is shown in this photo and third I love peregrine falcons, old buildings and photography, but I do NOT HAVE Dave’s commitment. You really have to LOVE what you do to spend this much time to get these types of shots. When I look at these photographs I can see Daves commitment. So I recommend you check out this site.

    Peregrines are not the only birds Dave photographs. You really need to check out his “Gallery” and “Dave’s Blog”. Dave also takes pristine photographs of many other birds large and small. Most of these birds we do not have in the State of Missouri, so I really enjoy seeing and studying these photographs.

    Do check this site out.


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    Blueprint for Peregrine Falcon Nesting Box

    box-7.JPGbox-6.JPGbox-5.JPGbox-4.JPGbox-31.JPGPeregrine falcon Nesting Box Photo 

    It is 22” deep,

    22” high in the back,

    20” high in the front, 

    34” wide.

    The box uses T-111 cedar siding for the outside.

     T-111 siding is lightweight, easy to get, and very durable.

    The long arm provides a perch for the falcons.

    It is important to have about 4″ to 6” of pea gravel for nesting substrate. Too little gravel

    could cause egg punctures. Too much gravel will interfere with drainage, causing the box

    to rot quickly.

    Drill 15 to 20 small evenly-spaced holes in the bottom for drainage.

    People often want to modify this design by building an access door on the back. Don’t do

    this – it is very, very dangerous for the chicks. If people try to reach in from the back

    during banding, they will drive the chicks to the front. If the chicks are panicked enough

    and old enough, it could cause them into premature flight, which could be catastrophic for them.  

    Note that the perch on this box is on the left side of the box.

    The perch may be on either the left or right side.


    The Raptor
    Resource Project

    2729 Locust Road
    Decorah, IA 52101

    Bob Anderson

    Established in 1988, the non-profit Raptor Resource Project specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. We establish and strengthen breeding populations of these raptors by creating, improving, and maintaining nests and nest sites. In addition to directly managing over twenty-three falcon, eagle, and owl nest sites, we provide training in nest site creation and management across the United States, reach more than 85,000 people each year through lectures, education programs, and our website, and develop innovations in nest site management and viewing that bring people closer to the world around them. Our mission is to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, to expand participation in raptor preservation, and to help foster the next generation of preservationists. Our work deepens the connection between people and the natural world, bringing benefits to both.

    At present time, we have two main peregrine recovery programs

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    Making a Response or Comment to a Post on the Peregrine falcon blog

    At the bottom of the page there is a place to leave a response or comment about a post.

    For this to happen:

    You need to leave some type of name which is posted 

    A valid email address must given but it is not posted

    Web site name which is optional

           You will be asked to do a math question

              (I assume the answer has to be right)

    You can rest assure I will not be editing the math question for accuracy but it does have to be done.

    The comment is posted right away although the administrator does review the comment and can remove it if they deem it necessary.

    When the comment is not on the screen you can go to the bottom of the post were  the word comment is written. If you click on the word comment you can read the comment and the reply from the administrator (if there is one). You can also see the number of comments that will come up before you click on comment

    Hope that helps.

    We do welcome any comments especially if something has been posted which is wrong or inaccurate.

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