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February 20, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Falcon cam gives up-close view

"May you have warm words on a cold night, a full moon on a dark evening, and a smooth road all the way home."

Our state's Department of Environmental Protection staff has launched their 24-hour live webcast of a nesting pair of peregrine falcons that live on the Rachel Carson Office Building in Harrisburg.

This office building serves as the agency's headquarters. This year, a new high-definition camera is being used with personal computer-operated zoom and pan capabilities. Once the first egg is laid, an additional camera will be placed near the nest for an up-close view.

According to the agency spokesperson, a territorial dispute between the falcon that has called this ledge home since 2005 and a new male is being to brew. To view the birds, go to: www.pacast.com/players/falcon.asp.

Bird count

By March 1 the final tally for this year's Great Backyard Bird Count will be known. The actual count was conducted last weekend. Right now, our state has the second largest tally with Pennsylvanians submitting 5,987 checklists.

The state of New York is in first place with 6,397 checklists submitted so far.

During the weekend-long count, participants were asked to watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes and make a tally by species of each bird that they saw. The Great American Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society.

Catfish tournaments

Catfish Nation Outdoors, will be the hosting several Susquehanna River tournaments this year. These tournaments are scheduled for: March 16, April 20 and May 18 at Goldsboro, York County; June 29, July 13, Aug. 10, and Sept. 7 on the Lake Aldred section in Lancaster County; June 29 on the Long Level section in York County; and July 27 on the Glen Cove section in Maryland.

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