I had quite a few of what I thought were 'false triggers' on my game cameras, but in viewing the video from the Foscam camera, I now know why. Giselda had been a very busy girl for those 3+ hours. On Sunday, since I have many nestlings that will be fledging over the next week or so, the hawk attacks are increasing, I deployed a lot more decoys. When my GHO came to hunt, apparently, she thought the decoys were making the noises she was drawn to, and she was attacking them, just out of range of my game cameras. The 'false triggers' weren't false at all - she was just too fast for the cameras to capture her as she launched her assaults.
In this video, she had just tried a grab on the decoys by my game cameras, failed and landed up there to reevaluate her prey.
Luckily, I let my gourds swing freely - moving back & forth with the wind, so, along with the rods interfering with her flapping wings, she could not get a grip on the swinging gourd and attempt to tear off the tunnel. Even if the martins inside had flushed at that moment, she was still in such a precarious position that she could not grab one of them. Still....it had to be sheer terror for the martins inside.
But the most surprising video of the night? The one where she launched herself from the top of a gourd rack, flew past my camera and into the porch area where the new, bright LED lights had attracted a bazillion bugs. I'm not sharing the video here as it's blurry when she flies by both times and of no use here. She spent over 5 minutes under there - my guess is she was chasing a mouse or some of the large bugs, but the video only shows her entering and leaving the area. Nope - this girl is not bashful of any lights!
Ellie Mae is now officially back on duty. Stuffed with balloons to make her lighter and hanging on my shepherd's hook. I attached a helium-filled balloon to also help drag her around and keep her moving on the hook, and that's working really well. I'm moving her around the yard, so my GHO doesn't get too comfortable.