2004 Field Season Update #2
Erin Gott— 17 June 2004 — in Aplomado Falcon Restoration Share
Open Nest Platforms: six fledged young, three failed (one from lightning strike), one still has chicks, and two (who recycled from failed natural nests) are now on eggs. Total attempts = 12. Total chicks fledged (to date) = 13.
Barred Nest Boxes: seven fledged young. Total attempts = 7. Total chicks fledged = 18.
Natural Nests (including raven nests on power poles): six fledged young and nine failed. Total attempts = 15. Total chicks fledged = 15.
I think it is safe to say that our nest structures are a success. Take Matagorda Island for an example; in 2002 and 2003 we fledged a total of 11 Aplomado Falcons (five in 2002 and six in 2003.) With nesting structures we’ve boosted that number to at least 20 young falcons in 2004.
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