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Radisson - 2011 / A Death in the Family - Vesper
« on: January 24, 2011, 17:12 »
A Death in the Family - Vesper

Hate to start off the 2011 Radisson with sad news but we have had a report from the/a state biologist in Texas that one of our Radisson chicks was struck and killed by an aircraft at San Antonio International Airport in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, January 18th.  The band number confirms that the bird that died was Vesper from the 2009 wild-hatch at the Radisson Hotel.  And the last female chick hatched to Trey and Princess.

Her siblings:
2004 - Infinity (f unknown), Alley (f nesting in Lincoln, Nebraska) & an unnamed male sibling
2005 - Ivy (m nesting at the Radisson), Lucy (f unknown but did nest once unsuccessfully in West Winnipeg) & an unnamed male sibling
2006 - The Little Daredevil (m died at fledging), Bandit (m unknown), Radisson (f nesting in Edmonton, Alberta)
2007 - Hurricane (f nesting in Brandon), Chinook (m unknown), Mistral (f unknown), Taku (f died before fledging)
2008 - The Lost Chicks (died before fledging)
2009 - Ty (m observed at the Radisson Oct 2010), Tupper (m unknown), Vesper (f died in San Antonio, Texas 2011)

Vesper just before being re-released at the Radisson in July 2009 - (photo by Dennis Swayze)

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Offline Kinderchick

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2011, 18:55 »
Aw!!! :'( Very sad news about our little Vesper! :'( :'( :'(

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2011, 19:29 »
Oh I"m so sorry to read this news  :'( :'(

There is a positive in this though - she made it this long and were it not for man made planes - no doubt she'd have gone on to nest somewhere.  Fly free little Vesper, so glad we got to know you  :-*

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2011, 19:54 »
Can still see her marching around the roof of the St. Regis.....RIP, Vesper!

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2011, 20:10 »
That is just too sad!  %^&*$# planes! >:(

R.I.P. little Vesper :-*

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2011, 20:26 »
I don't have any details, don't even know if the plane was in motion when she fit it/it hit her. 

One thing is that it does seem like an odd time for her to be hanging out in Texas, as far as we know, our kids go much further south.  May have to go check my sightings records and see when we've had other observations/deaths in the winter. 

And as far as we know, this is only the second time we've had a confirmed aircraft strike since 1981 - the other report was at an airport in New York City back in the early 1990s if I remember correctly.

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2011, 20:51 »
Sad news indeed...on a positive note, that's why they have bands not only to track their migration but to ID birds.
A few photos of Vesper can be seen at this link, near the bottom of the gallery...just look for the bright pink shirt that TPC had on that morning  8)

http://www.pbase.com/photosbydennis/peregrines_2009

Cheers !

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2011, 21:56 »
rest in peace

Offline bcbird

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2011, 22:14 »
Very sad news.  As Carly said, at least this is confirmation that Vesper survived past her first year.

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2011, 22:56 »
Poor little Vesper. Not the kind of sighting that we really want to hear about. I'm not sure but what I'd rather be left wondering "what happened to".

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2011, 23:19 »
We now know that two of the three 2009 Radisson chicks have survived at least 18 months - another feather in Trey's & Princess' caps.  There has been at least one chick from everyone of their nests spotted and usually nesting - a record that none of our other resident pairs has matched (you can see which/who on the first post on this thread).

Ty was spotted here in October, now we have a report on Vesper.  If we are lucky, we will see Ty again this year somewhere.  Maybe even Tupper if we are very very lucky ...

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2011, 02:58 »
So sorry to hear this. I loved watching her knock Princess and Trey off the Radisson sign, yelling at them the whole time. Still makes me smile.

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2011, 04:08 »
 :'( Although the following verse is often said when we lose someone, it can be also said for our Radisson Royals, "When a loved one becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure". R.I.P, Vesper.

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2011, 07:59 »
Well said, GCG.

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Re: A Death in the Family - Vesper
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2011, 10:05 »
 :'(
Such sad news.  She was so cute to watch.  Always made me smile. RIP sweet Vesper.  :'(