Thursday, April 29, 2010

~UB Peregrines, BB and Yankee, still on three eggs~

Thursday morning webcam watch, waiting to get a glimpse of the eggs or maybe something white and fluffy. Here are some of the screencaps but it seems we still have three eggs. There was a lot of fidgeting and moving around on the eggs but it was difficult to get a clear shot. The little eyasses should be joining us real soon though!




Stay tuned!
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

~Breaking News! Five eggs at Central Terminal and a possible pip at UB!

We got home from our rounds to see this!

Is this a pip or just something stuck to the egg?

This shows the distance from which we have to shoot the Statler nest (just above the arrow)
which is almost invisible

An earlier pic at the Statler

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

~Changing of the guard at the Statler~

We knew there were four eggs but today I am wondering if I'm seeing five!

Roger's note:
These photos were taken from the Rand Building, with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35, (not a dslr) which has a 12MP CCD.  At 18X optical plus a tele-converter and dropping to 3MP, the resulting 60X optical is equivalent to a 1,600mm - 35mm camera lens.  The photos were cropped using about 40% of image and contrast and sharpness enhanced by post-editing.   Despite the noise, we were able to see four or possibly five eggs.  The defunct and mothballed building is now accessible only in an emergency.  Will be watching daily now until the eggs hatch so banding time can be determined.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

~Monday Peregrine falcon watch~

First stop - we observed the 18th floor Statler nest from the Rand Building for an hour. Mom was positioned flat on her eggs with no fidgeting, no little white puffy eyasses peeking out either. No food deliveries or sightings of dad in the sky or on any ledges of nearby buildings.

Statler nest

Central Terminal  
Stash first spotted on another ledge but then flew to the top of the tower

Grain Elevators 
no sign of a pefa for quite a while and then he made an appearance flying in to the south side

under the 5th V-shape from the right.  This is another shot to show more of the south side.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

~Some UB Screencaps from today~

Everything is pretty quiet at all the sites while eggs are being incubated. Here are a few screencaps from the UB cam today. It's such a joy to watch this nest!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

~Grain Elevator Peregrines~

We had no luck finding Peregrines at the Grand Island bridges today, but then we went on to the Grain elevators. Roger just happened to meet up with the owner and it turns out they are the same age and share a Navy background!

The first shot is mine, full out, no long lens. The next three are Roger's with the long lens. We can see the bands, but not read them. The right leg band appears to be notched.

Oddly, Joyce in Rochester, saw both pefas flying together on Saturday, leading to a conclusion they may not now be incubating. We however have only seen one at a time, obviously on lookout, for the past few weeks.

I expect the DEC will be checking that level of the structure very soon to get the answer we are awaiting.

How cute is this?

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

~A Peregrine at the Grain Elevators~

Before going to the grain elevator site on the waterfront, we checked Central Terminal where yesterday the DEC confirmed four eggs in the nestbox. Today no pefa was visible anywhere else on the tower while we were there, but we did find remains of a recent meal below.

Then on to the waterfront site of Buffalo's newest Peregrine pair at this old grain elevator. 
We first spotted the pefa on the rail of what I'll refer to as the fourth balcony
(arrows) and after a bit the bird left that spot and flew around, finally
landing directly above the flag where it seemed to be eating

Since the birds have been seen there for the past month, earlier both flying together but now just one at a time, it's probable that they are nesting somewhere in that structure. We have seen the birds on the south side, the east side (front) and today the north side. So where might the nest be?

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

~Four eggs at Central Terminal!

The DEC has just confirmed four eggs at the new Central Terminal nestbox! Here are some shots taken earlier at that site:

This shot taken Mar 24, 2010 when a third pefa was flying too close.  
Incubation may have already started by this time.

Nestbox to the left of clock was installed by the DEC with the permission of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation to give this territorial pair a safe place to rear their young. Last spring Stash and Stella claimed the tower and were seen mating though she was a sub-adult at the time.  It was determined through frequent observation that this pair would have nested in this spot this year.  This side is protected from the fierce winds which blow across the high point where the terminal is located. 

 Stash and Stella 2009
No eggs or evidence of breeding was found though.

It is hoped that the terminal will get internet connection and a cam will be possible in the future

At this time of year I wish I had many more monitors to watch falconcams.

Here's a screencap of one I was watching last night from
St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral in the centre of Brussels

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

~Peregrine at the Grain Elevators and a new bird in town!

Exciting day - we saw a Peregrine at the Grain Elevators, after no sighting the last week or so. And, it's banded! Black/green on left leg and possibly yellow/gold on the right. I hope the Jim who first photographed the bird can come back and get some leg shots good enough to read the numbers. :)

The heavily cropped shots below were taken by Roger with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 with a long lens equiv. 600mm.  Though Roger and I have matching cameras, they are not DSLRs, so shooting such a small subject from long distances is challenging.  A DSLR is on our "to get" list! 

Arrows above point to the peregrine
And below, meet our newest Peregrine,
spotted at someone's window!

Wouldn't you just love to see this young peregrine at your window?
Someone in the Delaware & North area just did and contacted BAS for an ID.
The inquirer was on the ninth floor so you can see the city lights in the background.

This is the image cropped and tweaked a bit to see it better

Stay tuned.............  :)

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