Sunday, May 30, 2010

~Turning Pigeon into Peregrine~

The thought struck me today that feeding those little eyasses pigeons is turning them into Peregrine falcons! So, eating pigeon meat creates peregrines who will eat more pigeons.

Look at these wings!

And those nice new feathers!

Mama BB keeping the kids shaded from the hot sun all morning
Iroquois NWR Kestrel nestbox
They really do look like little kestrels now!

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

~UB Peregrines getting so big!

The MacKay Tower kids just love being outside and seeing that big sky awaiting them! In the morning, our good mama BB spends her time shielding them from the sun. After noon the sun goes behind the tower and she lets the kids come out to play.

Beak to beak

then the little one came over beside his big brother
How cute is that?

A difficult shot given the shade and distance but too cute to pass up!

Stash ? on a favorite perch peak

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~Baby got pooped on~

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

~Mystery Waterfront Peregrines!

Today's news! The Peregrines we watched earlier this spring at the grain elevators near Gallagher Beach apparently fly between there and Holcim Cement elevators. Connie Adams and two of her techs went up to the top of the South End Marina grain elevators (GE) today looking for a nest, but found only prey items. The pefas use that building and the DEC plans to install a nestbox there.

On our regular run this afternoon we found ourselves at the GE as Connie and techs were on site. After they came down we convinced her to check out Holcim just down the road. We had spoken with the guy there a few days ago who said there are pefas there. We all went over there and voila'! A beautiful sub-adult female was spotted near the top. After a bit she flew to another building and sat perched there for a while. Then she flew circles above us as if to take a better look, as usually there would be no people at all in that area. She is banded, but we have to go back for better shots and hopefully an ID. Could it be BB's Tory from UB?

More news and counts from other nest sites after a pictorial break:

On the rail in front of the door

 Flying around

Other pefa news:

North Grand Island Bridge: 3 males 1 female banded

South Grand Island Bridge: at least one chick seen; will be banded later

Statler Tower: 4 chicks seen about the same age as UB's. We'll check again soon to be sure it's 4 and not 5.

Niagara Gorge: 2 Adults spotted but nest not found yet

Central Terminal: Stella? was on perch for quite a wile and then flew around tower and landed on higher point. Banding not for a couple weeks yet.

Gates Circle area: Prey on roof checked by Connie; same general area as pic sent in of sub-adult pefa at a 9th floor window posted here about a month ago. This pair may not be nesting yet, but seem to have picked a nice building in an elegant section of Delaware Avenue. Forest Lawn is very close with water, ducks and birds.

So far, I think that adds up to 17 known new Peregrines for the Buffalo area in 2010!

Also, this blog is now -

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

~UB Peregrine workin' those wings!

How did their wings get so big so fast?  He's working it! 

The MacKay workers report finding numerous Wood Duck remains on the roofs!   BB has been extremely protective of nearby roofs causing consternation among the roof workers!  She must remember how her kids last year used every roof in sight for their training area.  Hardhats are necessary, guys!

Look how the boy on the left has his head tilted to look at his brother!

He's fascinated!


A three-week old Peregrine.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

~Bijoux Day for the boys at UB~

Today was Banding Day at UB and all three are boys! UB held a naming contest again this year and Harry Potter names were chosen, so we now have Harry, Ron and Herman which of course was supposed to be Hermoine. Truly awful names for Peregrines, but that's that.

Here's the link to my online web album from the banding. Before we left for UB, we saw on the cam that BB was in the nestbox apparently trying to shade the kids from the strong sun. She never left the box as Mark was trying to get the chicks out for banding and she actually drew blood from his arm with her talons!

Last year she sat quietly on her perch during the procedure but not this time. Yankee was away hunting and finally returned with a pigeon which he took to a ledge above the box, but he was apparently afraid to take it to the box. BB was yelling for him to come and help.

All was well later and the boys are safely in the scrape now. And BB has become a most protective mum! Good save, Barb! :)

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Monday, May 24, 2010

~Alert and active at MacKay today~

The MacKay Tower nestbox is getting very active with constant feedings, wing-flapping and going out to the flight deck.  It's difficult to catch any of them in the cam's eye!

Big bite!

The time has come for the UB kids to expand their world

All three are well fed and progressing nicely

Mom BB stayed close today trying to shield the kids from the hot sun, while they practised wing-flapping
In Brussels, apparently none have yet fledged but they look to be getting close
Sweet Rochester babies!

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

~UB Peregrine kids out on the flight deck~

We saw the eyasses out on the flight deck from the webcam, so we headed for UB and sure enough, here's the shot from the parking lot!

Roger got this shot of the Statler nest today to determine the number of eyasses. We see at least four and maybe five. Unfortunately, the DEC has been refused access to the building for banding this year.

In Brussels, the birds sleep standing up now and possibly one or two have fledged.

The Iroquois Kestrels are growing fast now!  Initially there were five eggs but these three will be a crowd soon enough!

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

~Peregrine eyasses getting their wings!

Eighteen days old, getting around the nestbox and even venturing on to the flight deck, and as you can see below, learning how to flap those cute little wings!

Kestrels at Iroquois NWR

And at the Brussels Cathedral
this one looks to be about ready to leave the secure walls for the great unknown.

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