Friday, December 17, 2010

~Central Terminal Peregrine Pair~

The CT pair are doing their thing, the male perched high on a ledge corner and Stella even higher before she flew off, circled around, soaring high, then came back landing on the perch. Beautiful!

 

 


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

~Central Terminal activity~

Two adult Peregrines perching on the CT tower before taking off for some flying in the snow.





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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

~Peregrines of the Buffalo area~

My friend Jacquie Walters created this slide show/video and included it in a Christmas card with a Peregrine falcon she drew herself!  Thank you, Jacquie!

Monday, December 13, 2010

~Staying warm in ten-degree weather~

Top of the tower is a favorite perch lately at UB with temperatures dropping well below freezing.

 

 
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And  at Central Terminal
 

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

~featuring: Central Terminal!

As you can see, the Peregrines were all over CT today!

Roger and I first stopped at UB but the birds weren't home. Then on to CT, downtown and the cement elevators, but no luck there either. Back at CT and both pefas were there! I texted friends from Rochester who were also here looking for the Peregrines. Joyce, Carol, MAK, KathyO and Dana were at UB watching BB but hurried right over to CT. The tiercel was really showing off for Stella, flying circles around the tower and sometimes flying together. We don't know where Stash is this winter but he's in for a surprise when he returns. We're all wondering what Stella's reaction will be.

News from Canada: Frightful, banded at CT this year, who was rescued with wing injuries will be released next spring, according to the Owl Foundation, as he is not yet well-enough healed.

If you are on Facebook, our Peregrines have their own page: ~Peregrine Place on Facebook~ where each Peregrine site in the Buffalo area will have its own Photo Album.




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Thursday, December 9, 2010

~Central Terminal Peregrines~

One on the perch and the other, right upper corner of pic,  flying around the tower


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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

~Sun shines on the UB Peregrines today~

The Peregrines on MacKay tower fluffed up against the twenty degree temperatures and seemed quite content surveying their domain under the clear blue skies.

 

 

 
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Two pefas also seen today at Central Terminal

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Monday, December 6, 2010

~Snowy Day at Peregrine Place~

We got a few shots in between the snow and smoke hiding our bird. We couldn't see the bands but think it was BB hunkered down and trying to stay warm in the tower's heat. It must be difficult to find prey on a day like this.




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Sunday, December 5, 2010

~Four Peregrines Today~

It was a crisp and partially sunny day,  so we checked out UB and CT and were lucky enough to find all four peregrines flying around their towers.

UB
BB was flying around with a male today!  The last few visits we made to UB, she was alone.
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Central Terminal
At CT, both birds were flying in circles around the tower, landing on ledges and the nestbox perch


Both birds perched on tower

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Monday, November 29, 2010

~Nice, sunny November day at the Peregrine sites~

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BB keeping watch over the home front
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Stella doesn't mind the new male hanging around
 

 

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

~Central Terminal's Mystery Peregrines~

The adult Peregrines at the tower are not Stash and Stella, who nested here this year. It was a first-time nest for Stella who was a sub-adult the previous year when the pair apparently bonded at this site. Stash and Stella produced five successful fledges this year, who stayed around for quite a while before they started flying to some nearby church steeples.

Dyngus's body was later found along the thruway and Frightful wound up at the Owl Foundation in Ontario with minor injuries. We have no further information about Frightful.

It is unknown if Stash and Stella were displaced in a fight or perhaps migrated away, leaving their nestsite available. Now we are trying to ID the new pair though both birds are apparently from the east.


Black over green



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Thursday, November 18, 2010

~Male Pefa shows green band

Jacquie checked CT again and digiscoped these pix, barely showing the green on the left leg showing through the feathers. Friday Roger and I will check the sites. If you happen to be there, say hello! :)

 

 
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

~Central Terminal Peregrine Mystery ~

Jacquie Walters, DEC, visited CT again today and sent me these pix taken this afternoon.

The huge female, also shown in yesterday's blog, has a silver band on the right leg.

This male is also a very large bird, the kind of large we might think a female but we'll just assume he's fluffed up against the cold November winds which fiercely blow through this site. Jacquie saw green showing through the feathers on the left leg of the male.  So, these birds are from eastern states but until we can get a better view and catch some numbers, it remains yet another Buffalo mystery.  Where are Stella and Stash?


Detectives are needed! Any local Peregrine watchers out there? Or visiting Rochester watchers? We need your help at Central Terminal! Contact us if you can watch, or if you do see any Peregrines in the Buffalo area!


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