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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2013, 20:20 »
Cool. I didn't recall that one was seen so early!

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2013, 20:55 »
Oh my goodness!!  Could it be?!? :o

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2013, 09:23 »
Out for a run between 2 and 3 yesterday. There was a large raptor circling the diner. Couldn't identify what it was but was very exciting! Maybe this was Cooper's mystery PF???

Hmmm... Saturday morning, about 10:00 a.m. I saw large bird sitting on southeast corner of Clarion Hotel. I would have said it could be a PF except that his/her chest was quite a rosy beige - not as pale as I would have thought. Of course it could have been sunlight tricks. Silhouette was falcon-like but I think a bit larger than the bird I saw before. Was keeping my mouth shut about it, lest you all think Cooper's just hallucinating, until I saw your post this morning. Maybe we saw the same bird.

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2013, 19:02 »
Cool. I didn't recall that one was seen so early!

It was all there in black and white   http://www.pbase.com/photosbydennis/peregrines_2012

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2013, 13:36 »
There was a red-tailed hawk in the Polo Park area end of last week, got a good look at it across from the Clarion Hotel (the apartments on the south-side of Portage) and it had a rosy/rusty coloured breast.  Darn near caused me to drive off the road and into the Assiniboine River!  Have been watching the WW site pretty intensely for the last week after Cooper's initial bird sighting but nothing in any of the usual spots until this red-tail.  With BirdNut's sighting at HSC though, maybe maybe.  If we can figure out who's at HSC it would narrow down the possibilities ...

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2013, 14:23 »
Hmmm, I'll bet it was the red-tail that I saw!

I commiserate with your driving issues TPC. It's hard bird-watching and having to look out for the darned traffic in that area too. :)

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2013, 23:38 »
Spotted a bird on the south side of the diner. Wasn't sure which kind of bird, but not a crow. I lifted my camera to zoom in and get closer look when my batteries crapped out. Very quickly replaced the batteries, looked up and the bird was GONE - ahhhhhhh!

Scanned the area and a bird was soaring high and headed east-ish. Lost sight of it.

Did find a huge flock (murder) of crows relatively close to the Tower.

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2013, 00:54 »
A few of the crows hanging out by the Tower on March 12.

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2013, 19:28 »
Not a peregrine. Right place, wrong bird.

Tracey, is this a red-tailed hawk?

5:30 p.m. today.

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2013, 20:12 »
Not a peregrine. Right place, wrong bird.

Tracey, is this a red-tailed hawk?

5:30 p.m. today.


Nope, by the size its a Merlin.
So you were absolutely right, wrong bird, right place :)

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2013, 06:20 »
Definitely a Merlin.

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2013, 20:34 »
Thanks!

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2013, 19:14 »
Looks like Beau is back in West Winnipeg but I only had binocs with me so while it looked like him, I only got very brief glimpses of what I think was a red leg band on his right leg ... Dennis and I will try to get a confirmation on the bird tomorrow if he/she cooperates of course ....


Not a great close shot like Dennis'!  It was taken with a small pocket camera zoomed to the max and cropped. 
But since I like to ask for photo confirmations :)



The bird I saw at the Diner this evening has a head that looks darker than Jules' and looked smaller overall but both Jules and Beau are larger birds, not like our Radisson offspring who are smaller overall.  The black on "his" head looked like more than any of our other birds in town at the moment, which is Beau's distinctive feature at least to me since most of our pre-Princess birds had very full black caps.
 
As for the red band, I just think I saw red.  Now whether it was full red or black over red, I can't say for sure.  The only other birds we know of in town with red on its band is Jolicoeur and this bird did not look like her ... nor Alice who has stayed/passed through town in previous years.  Sandy from Fargo who has visited in the spring in past years also has a black over red band but this bird seemed male sized.

While I was watching, bird's head was on a constant swivel looking for his/her mate.  Then a crow came by and protested the peregrine's presence and that set him off and he took off after the crow like it was another peregrine.  Seemed like territorial defense to me, another indication that this bird is one of the WW resident pair.  After lots of aerial acrobatics and yelling, the crow went one way and the peregrine went north to do a few lazy circles before returning to the Diner to sit in the NE corner in the sun.  About a 1/2 hour later, he took off to the north very fast - I suspect to go kill something.  And that was the last I saw of him ...

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2013, 19:34 »
Looks like a Crow to me  :P

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Re: West Winnipeg - 2013 / January - March
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2013, 19:35 »
I see TPC has my day planned...let the games begin  :)