Sunday, May 31, 2009

~Grand Island Box News~

There are three eyasses in the nestbox under the north Grand Island Bridge!

Connie Adams, DEC, reports the nestbox was viewed from a cherry-picker on a barge in an attempt to band the babies Saturday, but it was determined they were still too young.

This nestbox is not easily observed so hatching dates were uncertain.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

~Statler Peregrines Banded~

We have two boys and one girl in the 2009 Statler nestbox! All three are beautiful, very healthy and free of lice. This indicates the parents have been hunting in area parks for good fresh food, instead of giving them nearby pigeons.

Little boy

Connie, Keri and Mike banding

Measuring the leg to determine the sex

Fine dining for the chicks
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

~Misty and Smoky around their tower~

We watched them for about an hour during midday. Above, Smoky is flying off the nest while Misty watches. They took turns flying around, Smoky going toward the VA Hospital, and then both flew around the tower. There is increased activity at the nest lately and the UB guys report finding the remnants of many pigeons and small birds below the nest.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

~At the Statler~

Statler mom taking a break from the busy feeding schedule to perch for a while, then go for a short flight to stretch her wings before returning to perch on the other side.

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Aren't the babies adorable?

~Peregrines at Central Terminal~

We visited Central Terminal again Monday and were rewarded by seeing both birds flying and perched.


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Sunday, May 17, 2009

~Central Terminal Peregrines Mating~

We decided to check out the Central Terminal because of past reports of falcon activity. After entering the parking area, I spotted a falcon flying to the tower. We drove to that area and spotted the male perched near the huge clock. He then flew up to a female waiting on an upper ledge!

Could this be a new pair? Mating this late is unusual.

This location is a perfect site for Peregrines, with many ledges and an abundant supply to pigeons.

Male on ledge near clock, above, flying up to female waiting on a ledge, below


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Saturday, May 16, 2009

~Statler Mom on her nestbox perch~

Statler mom keeping an eye on her eyasses

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

~Good News about Statler and UB nests~

Above pic taken by DEC tech Mike Koch at the McKay Tower, UB, showing Misty on her eggs.

A note from Connie Adams, DEC, to Paul Fehringer, BAS, posted with permission

Good news! We climbed the tower today to check the eggs and nest, and for the first time, were able to see at least 3 eggs under the female who was in the box. That is such great news! So, there are at least 3 eggs. Maybe 4, but Mike Koch, who did the climb, was only able to see 3 eggs through the little peep hole that looks into the nest. The birds there seem impervious, and he said the bird didn't even know he was there, didn't look up or around, didn't move. I have yet to contact UB to see about getting their computer dept's assistance with the webcam.

Of course, you are welcome to post this information. Also, we confirmed 4 chicks at the Statler today. We got a photo of the banded male...but it is not good enough to read his band, though it looks like it is one of the anodized purple bands from the midwest on his right leg, with a green or green/black band on the left.

Exciting having confirmation of the Statler hatches and getting closer to ID-ing the male who took over during last year's nesting season! Plus, seeing Misty on at least three eggs, which should be hatching soon.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

~Ghosts of Peregrines Past?~

The cams for the Statler nestbox were back online Tuesday. During the ten days down time, four eyasses appeared.

Around the midnight hour, mom awoke from her sleep and seemed agitated by what looks like ghostly goings-on.

Monday, May 11, 2009

~Smoky on lookout~

10:30 am, Smoky was perched on a high ledge above the nestbox before he flew off in the direction of the VA Hospital.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

~Smoky at the nestbox~

When we arrived at McKay Tower about 5:30pm today there was no activity at the box. We decided to wait and watch. Before long we were rewarded by a fast fly-in to the nest, and again very quickly Smoky exited and flew to his lookout point above.

I finally caught a shot of Smoky in the box just before he left. The camera was pointed into the sun so the pix aren't the best but at least he's visible.

Mom Misty must be so far back in the box that we can't see her from the ground even with binocs and camera zoom. Once the eggs hatch she'll be sitting higher.

Smoky in the nestbox, above

Smoky on left side of ledge above the columns, above

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

~May Day~

A couple views of McKay Tower on this beautiful spring day!

May 2, 2009, 3 pm, no activity at the tower

May 1, 2009, 11:25 am, When we first arrived there were no pefas in sight. Then, one came flying overhead to the tower and flew into the nest. Very quickly, Smoky left and took up his post on the ledge. I'm assuming it was the male who flew in, maybe with food, but it happened so fast and we were driving and I'm not sure. They could have been switching off.

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