Cam Link September 15, 2012 cam is off for the season.
Cam now viewable with Firefox, too!FEMALE: Guinivere
arrived unbanded (subsequently banded) so her origins are unknownMALE: Zephyr [2007 - June 2012 at this site. Died 6/19/2012 of head injuries suffered while hunting.]
was hacked (released) at a cliff on the Mississippi in Muscatine, Iowa, 1999. In the spring of 2011, Zephyr lost his left foot,
most likely in a trap of some sort. He seems to be doing well. He is able to fly, has been seen bringing food to Guinevere, and is sharing incubation duties with her.
Since 2007 Guinevere and Zephyr have nested in downtown South Bend in a box on top of the 14-story County-City Building
at 227 West Jefferson Blvd. The nesting box was on Tower Building for four years before that. They have raised a brood each year and remain here right through the winter. Incubation of the 3 or 4 eggs takes approximately 32 days, with Guinevere performing most of the incubation, while Zephyr provides food and relieves her for short periods of time. The chicks are banded at about 21 to 25 days of age and fledge the nest around 40 days. As fledgling approaches, the young birds can be seen out on the front of the nestbox and on the perch that extends outward. They are usually flying pretty well in a week's time, following and interacting with the parents, and will leave the area in another six weeks. A female chick from our 2007 nest was part of a nesting pair last year in Racine, Wisconsin