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2 January 2003
Sophie Osborn — in California Condor Restoration    ShareJust a quick note to let you know that the first stirrings of the condor breeding season are upon us! Condors 119 and 122 have spent the last week to ten days in and around last year's Battleship nest cave at the South Rim. The last two to three days, the pair have spent most of each day in drainages west of the Horn Creek Drainage. We suspect that they have been investigating caves in these areas, but have not been able to get visuals on them doing so yet.

Condors 123 and 127 spent a week or more together at the South Rim. Although we have not seen them go into the Dana Butte Cave, we suspect that they may have been investigating other caves in the Horn Creek Drainage or farther out in the canyon. The two returned to the release site about four days ago. Thus far, Condor 123 has been displaying exclusively to Condor 127 (quite a shift from last year when he displayed to any and every female on a regular basis!).

Condors 134 and 149 left the release site about two weeks ago and flew west over the Kaibab to an area south of Crazy Jug. Very snowy roads have made monitoring these two difficult, but it's exciting that they appear to have paired off so decisively! (Condor 134 gave Condor 149 his exclusive attention last spring, but then showed interest in other females during the summer, so we were unsure whether he was still captivated by Condor 149). We suspect these two may be in the Tapeat's Canyon area where there are a tremendous number of caves in the redwall area. Alternatively, they may be somewhere closer to the Parissawampits's/Fence Point area. We will try to narrow their location down this week.

Other birds involved in courtship thus far are Condors 114 (M), 126 (F), 133 (F), 158 (M), 162 (M), 176 (F), 187 (M), and (193). Poor Condor 136; no one seems to like her much!

Happy New Year to you all! Let's hope 2003 is especially kind to the condors!

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