Tuesday, June 30, 2009

~ A few more pix of the UB kids~

Just about two weeks ago ~

One of the fledglings on a MacKay roof before flying to the VA

Kevin works diligently at his skills

Mom, BB, watching the kids
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The first nesting for BB and Smoky is a wonderful success!

This pair formed a bond during 2008 and chose MacKay Tower as their home. Connie Adams, DEC, met with key people at UB who then had the nestbox built and installed on the tower. The Peregrine pair would have nested there even without a nestbox, but the eggs could easily have been broken or rolled off the narrow ledge. Once hatched, the chances of all surviving would not be high.

A safe nestbox in which to nurture the hatchlings makes the all the difference. The eggs are protected in the gravel scrape and after hatching, the eyasses are kept safe from the winter weather extremes. Maturing chicks can practice wing-flapping on ledges or perches to get strong before their big adventure begins.

For a couple days after fledgling the UB peregrines stayed close to the MacKay complex. The third day was spent at the water tower, and from there they graduated to the VA Hospital with its many roofs, wonderful for perfecting their take-offs and landings.

BB and Smoky have proven themselves to be great first-time peregrine parents and we hope this is just the beginning of many more successful nesting seasons!

And a very special thanks to the great UB MacKay guys who helped so very much!

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