Last night, I checked in to see the Gulf Site and was mystified at what looked like a white bird figure on a stick, in the nest near the right edge. In the daylight it looks like it could be made of white feathers, but it still looks like it is on a stick. Maybe it is another optical illusion. Also, at 1:40pm I happened to check on the Cathedral site, and saw E2 come to the nest, be distracted by what sounded like a third falcon, challenging call, and he took off without sitting on the eggs.
Carlana, that white thing at the Gulf nest does indeed look like a bird. It might be part of a bird leftover from a prior meal — maybe pieces left elsewhere that blew into the nest during Friday’s windy thunderstorms.
It’s a plant. (It’s green in daylight.)
The nestbox has the original gravel from 1991 and it has collected a lot of seeds. Every year the nestbox grows into a jungle by July. Here’s a picture from Sept 2003. Notice that there’s something white in the picture that looks very similar (there’s a peregrine looking at or eating the white thing). In this case I think the white thing is part of a pigeon.
I also like this camera angle which shows that the area near the left side pillar is a perch with a view.
The perspective would indicate that the white thing is a flower, which looks very similar to the wild hibiscus that grows in my yard. It’s a flowering plant!! How fascinating! Reminds me of those ‘Earth after Man’ series on Discovery…where they show how wildlife and nature would simply consume Man’s buildings…
This would have been taken 7 years ago – I guess the nutrients the gravel had just didn’t sustain that little shrub over the years. I don’t recall this much growth being in the box last year.