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Offline The Peregrine Chick

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / March
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2010, 11:22 »
Thanks Rose, I'll let our folks in Brandon know and maybe they can help out with an ID!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / March
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2010, 15:30 »
 

Yes I have my instructions to call Rose when I spotted the falcons this spring  ;).  I thought I saw one yesterday soaring off to the north and I didn't have binos so I wasn't too sure. Today there was one perched on the mts tower, so off I went to the parkade. I also believe its not Zeus or Hurricane, maybe its Holly, but I have never seen Holly. She was preening and showing off her legs and had that pinkish/salmony color on her breast, very pretty bird. She flew off about five minutes after Rose got up to the parkade. We were both happy to see that somebody was home.  ;D
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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / March
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2010, 16:05 »
Very exciting news, Rose and RCF... now just have to wait for ID. Keep us posted! :D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / March
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2010, 16:23 »
If you should get close enough to see a band, here's how to break it down.

1.  There should be two bands, one on each leg.  One will be the USFWS/CWS band (silver in Canada, purple/red-purple in the US Midwest) the other is a coloured ID band and there are four colour combinations - black, red, black over green and black over red.  Manitoba has only used the black (wild-hatched) and red (captive-bred) bands.  Other jurisdicutions use the bi-coloured bands.  If you can see which leg has which coloured band, that can be a great place to start.

2.  If you see the USFWS/CWS aluminium band, don't bother trying to read the number they are embosed so it virtually impossible to read all 9 digits. 

3.  If you can see the coloured band, first note the colour(s), on the bicolours, which colour is at the top, which one is on the bottom. 

4.  The numbers/letters on the coloured band are in white, but on older birds, the white has worn off some so it may get difficult to read.  They can also be vertical or horizontal on the band and on some bands there will be a white line between the digits. 

Best way to start is just to look and pay attention to the shapes of the digits/letters.  The band is attached using rivets so there will be a vertical "seam" and sometimes it is hard to tell what's a digit/letter and what is the seam.  So look for shapes, parts of shapes -best to draw (rather than write) them.  Bands can get put on upside down so a horizontal shape may not look like an R or a K and upside down vertical numbers can drive you crazy trying to identify them.  With a shape and the colours, we can potentially narrow down the field some and then you can start "looking" for specific letters or numbers.  Keep in mind, that generally you only have a series of split seconds when you will "see" the band number itself, so if you just try to remember rather than read, I have found its easier and more successful.

Given the height of the buildings around the McKenzie Seeds Building, yes it is possible on some of them to get a look at the band number using just binoculars.  Not easy, but possible :)
 

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / March
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2010, 16:34 »
Things are getting exciting over here!  Let us know who's back!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / March
« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2010, 16:44 »
Thank you Tracy,  That's good information to know for us  ( Falcon ID for Dummies)  ;D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / March
« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2010, 16:49 »
OK, RCF and Rose... Start identifying! LOL! ;)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / March
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2010, 15:13 »
reading the posts from winnipeg sounds like you are having as much luck as Brandon. Was down on the parkade earlier, saw lots of geese,ducks,2 bald eagles,4 crows, a smorgasbord of flying rats and 1 merlin but not a glimpse of a falcon. Better luck tomorrow I hope :(

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / March
« Reply #23 on: March 31, 2010, 16:14 »
Guess it could have been Donna passing through her hometown yesterday on her way back out to Saskatoon ...   ???

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McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / April
« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2010, 11:52 »
As of 11:00am april 1st  still no falcons to be seen but very few pigeons either may be they know something we don't? ::)

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McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / April
« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2010, 12:19 »
Like TPC's toads that disappeared before the Aquila earthquake, perhaps the pigeons sense vibrations, in their case, of the powerful falcon's wings flying home.

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McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / April
« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2010, 12:36 »
Like TPC's toads that disappeared before the Aquila earthquake, perhaps the pigeons sense vibrations, in their case, of the powerful falcon's wings flying home.
I'll second that, bcbird! ;)

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McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / April
« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2010, 15:10 »
RCF here on Rose's computer,  We have a falcon perched on the east light of the clock tower.  We think it might be Hurricane, not as big as the falcon we saw a week ago.  We watched her chase the pigeons off the Mckenzie building twice and back to perching on the east light.  The east light was where Hurricane usually perched last year after the kids fledged.  I will be checking later before I go home.   :)

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McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / April
« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2010, 16:24 »
Well now....isn't this exciting.  It sounds like Hurricane is back in town! 

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McKenzie Seeds - 2010 / April
« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2010, 18:04 »
Well now....isn't this exciting.  It sounds like Hurricane is back in town! 

 :)  Yay!!!   :)  Now we just need good news in Winnipeg.