Wednesday, April 29, 2009

~Smoky on the tower he calls home~

Keeping an eye out in every direction to protect his nest from intruders. He's probably especially vigilant since the earlier aerial fight in front of the nestbox a couple weeks ago.







Friday, April 24, 2009

~Peregrine Smoky on sentry duty~


April 24, 2009, Smoky on sentry duty while mom Misty hopefully inside the box sitting on eggs



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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

~UB Peregrines are Nesting~

On April 2 a Peregrine watcher, Joyce, got excellent shots of our Pefas mating! UB McKay personnel report sightings on other mating activity on the tower too, in different places.

On April 7, Kevin Hicks, UB/McKay, reported a fight outside the nestbox between three Pefas, with the fourth, presumably the female, Misty, screeching in the box.

Today, April 22, NYSDEC tech Mike climbed the tower and checked the nestbox and found a Pefa low, in the back corner of the box, apparently incubating! This is wonderful news! Also this morning, we took these shots of the tower.

Male, Smoky, sitting and preening on a ledge above the nestbox



Smoky, keeping a lookout



Shot of the tower
Mom Misty inside box and out of sight
Can you spot Smoky?
He's there...
Look on the ledge above the column to the right of the window
The Pefas blend in so well with this building they are practically invisible.
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Friday, April 17, 2009

~April 17, 2009~

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Snoozing in the morning sun. Later in the day we returned to see one pefa flying from the tower.

Source on site said TV crew waited three hours yesterday but didn't see one pefa. I'm wondering if maybe one was there but just blended in with the background so well it wasn't seen. The often are tucked into corners of ledges, and they blend in with tower easily. A fellow on the ground had trouble seeing this one, even though it was on a corner. When they are high on the tower they can seem as specks.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

~Sunny day at McKay~







~McKay Tower~

The Peregrine's new nestbox had to be taken up the tower through this small opening and installed from the inside. Workers wearing uncomfortable harnesses climbed rung by rung, straight up. Brave guys! The Peregrines are really appreciating your hard work.



~Testing the new perch~



~New Peregrine Nestbox at McKay Tower~






Kevin Walsh, UB, climbed up the steep rungs to help install the new nestbox