Thursday, December 17, 2009

Winterized peregrines

Central Terminal peregrine guarding new nest.

BB at MacKay Tower enjoying dinner at 19F temperature.

Smoky at MacKay standing guard while BB eats.

Monday, November 30, 2009

~Statler eyass~

Hahaha, no, it's not from today! I was searching my archives for a good beak shot for a contest, and found this one which I cropped and tweaked a bit, so we have a revisit to the Statler! Isn't he cute?

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

~BB and Smoky on their tower~

A late afternoon visit to UB - one pefa was perched on a high corner watching for the other who flew to the tower, making a quick circle and then landed on the opposite side. The top pefa then also flew off and to the other side as well. When we got to that side, Smoky was on a ledge above the nestbox eating and BB was nearby on a corner ledge facing Winspear.

No pefas at Central Terminal when we visited today.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

~More on the new CT nestbox~

More on the achievement of a dream, a nestbox at Central Terminal!

There had been reports of Pefa sightings in this area for a while, but last spring Roger and I staked out CT and were rewarded by finding and documenting Stash and Stella engaging in mating activity, and aerial displays around the tower! After sending pix and reports to Connie Adams, DEC, we brought her to the tower where the birds dutifully performed for her too! That sealed the deal!

Nesting Buffalo area Peregrines next spring will consist of:

Central Terminal
Statler Building
UB south MacKay Tower
Grand Island North Bridge
Grand Island South Bridge
Niagara Gorge - these pefas have reportedly moved to the American side

Watching the silly Pigeons congregating at top of tower

Extremely tight crop resulting in a rough-textured almost abstract image which I find interesting.

Thanks to Roger for posting his pix yesterday too!  He's using the long lens mostly now so he's going to be blogging here too!  :)

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Waiting for her nest

Preening at the top of the tower while overseeing construction of her nest box.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

~New nestbox at Buffalo Central Terminal~

The NYSDEC today installed a new nestbox for Stash and Stella, the beautiful Peregrine pair documented during the spring of this year. Stella was a sub-adult this spring but the two were definitely a pair, engaging in mating activity on the tower and nearby buildings.

Nestbox is left of the clock

Mike Koch, DEC, installing nestbox

Completed nestbox with two perches

Peregrine at top of tower overseeing the installation

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Central Terminal - Buffalo

We haven't seen Stash or Stella lately at Central Terminal so they have likely migrated away for the coming winter season. The terminal is a very cold and windy place even in better weather than a Buffalo winter.

The birds bonded this year but since the female was a sub-adult, there was no actual nesting. We expect them to return in late winter of 2010 and get down to business! These pix are from earlier this year.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

~BB & Smoky on MacKay~

BB loves to perch at the nestbox and Smoky as usual is scanning the scene from a high corner.

Hawk Mountain is not see any Peregrines migrating lately so it seems our favorite pair is staying put for the winter. There are still plenty of pigeons and some other smaller birds in the area and the nestbox should offer some protection from the elements and warmth too.



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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November BB eyeing her nest.

Smoky just flew away. BB eyed their nest and flew into it right after this photo. She then came out and flew after him. Temperature was 47 F.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

~BB is still in town~

BB on the very top of MacKay Tower today enjoying preening in the sun

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

~Still here~

Roger caught this shot of BB last week on the nestbox perch

We almost thought the UB Pefas had left for warmer climes when neither bird was in sight yesterday, and the temps had dropped to the 30-40 range, leaving frost on all the Halloween pumpkins this morning. Last year BB and Smoky left town in October, returning in February. We've been wondering whether they would stay in town this year since they have had their first nesting season, fledging four healthy Peregrines. Today we were rewarded with this beautiful sight!

She flew off the lower ledge and around to the upper ledge

View of the MacKay complex

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

~Smoky guarding their nest~

Testing new 12 mp camera on Smoky from 70 times optical at 3 mp. He and BB have been close to their nest since the interloper pair tried to take over when they were away teaching their young the ways of the peregrine world.

Nest is in the far tower window. That little box in the lower right corner.
These photos were taken from this spot later in the shade of the afternoon.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

~Lots of Peregrine activity at UB~

We found Smoky on the VA Water Tower today and he was looking every which way
for a while before flying off and joining BB on MacKay Tower. They both left the
tower and flew in circles overhead before flying out of sight.

On a second visit a bit later, both BB and Smoky were again on MacKay. The birds are frequently seen inside the nestbox, especially BB who likes to eat in there.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

~BB and Smoky at home~

Today we found Smoky on the window ledge of the east side of MacKay. After a while he flew to the nestbox side and landed on the long perch. It wasn't long before we spotted BB who had been deep in the box. She started to walk around dragging prey, eating and finally she came out to the short perch.

Smoky flew off and BB kept watching for him, looking up to the right and up to the left. This all took place over an hour in mid-afternoon. The MacKay windows are reflecting the blue sky and clouds of the lovely day.

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