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.
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! :)
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!
Saturday we saw both Peregrines perched on CT, the one on the right has a band, shown enlarged below
Tuesday, the female was again seen here but we are not sure if it is the same one shown above because we couldn't get a leg shot. This spot however is not one we have ever seen Stella use in the two years we have observed here.
It seems Buffalo may have another Peregrine mystery~
Eggs hatch by 5/4-5 (as seen from Rand Building) Chicks cannot be checked or banded by DEC this year as access to the building has been denied by the Bankruptcy Court.
One large female was rescued on 6/14, checked, banded, given the name Statler and released from City Hall on 6/15. All five fledged between 6/14 to 6/19 and are seen flying between the Statler and Liberty Buildings.