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Offline sparkster

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McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / Brooklyn & Hurricane
« on: March 10, 2015, 12:53 »
Just wondering if there will be a live cam at the McKenzie Seeds site this year?

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / Jan - March
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2015, 13:11 »
Just wondering if there will be a live cam at the McKenzie Seeds site this year?

We hope so!  We've been working on a couple of options but nothing finalized yet!
Keep your fingers crossed.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / Jan - March
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2015, 14:49 »
 ;D I have everything crossed. Thanks TPC!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / Jan - March
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2015, 20:11 »
1914h CDT

It has started to rain in West Winnipeg and the female at the box has decided to make it hard for anyone to get into her box.  She's moved out of the rain and into the box - another bird still flying past at semi-regular intervals ...

 ??? We have birds back in Brandon....Geez I thought I would know cause I have been looking diligently.  ???
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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / Jan - March
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2015, 21:00 »
Arrrggghhhh ... no we don't have peregrines I posted a West Winnipeg post in the wrong thread.   :-[

Sorry folks - mea culpa!!!! No reports yet of birds in Brandon  :'(

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McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2015, 19:18 »
Our resident male Brooklyn is back at the McKenzie building as of today.  ;D


 



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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2015, 20:24 »
Good news that Brooklyn is back. I hope Hurricane will be "home" soon, too. Fingers and toes still crossed for the webcam this year.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2015, 22:09 »
Hip hip hooray for Brooklyn's return! :D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2015, 04:28 »
One down, one to go and we officially have another season ahead of us.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2015, 08:02 »
Great news!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2015, 20:45 »
Wonderful news! Hurry Hurricane!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2015, 20:59 »
Woo hoo!!!  And great pictures as always, RCF.   :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2015, 11:19 »
Well done RCF catching his band number in flight!!  :D

You know them both well enough to be pretty sure who was home but its great to have the confirmation, particularly with so many changes in the pair configurations in the last year!

Looking forward to your first photos of Hurricane when she arrives.  ;)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2015, 14:58 »
RCF, your photos as always are nothing less than spectacular. I always look forward to them. Thanks so much. When did Brooklyn and Hurricane arrive last year?

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2015, 15:43 »
When did Brooklyn and Hurricane arrive last year?

Brooklyn arrived on April 6th, Hurricane on April 9th
Looks like they might/could repeat themselves this year ....

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2015, 19:29 »
Well done RCF catching his band number in flight!!  :D
  ;)

I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, he wasn't perched there very long after I spotted him.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2015, 10:21 »
Well done RCF catching his band number in flight!!  :D
  ;)

I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, he wasn't perched there very long after I spotted him.

I think Dennis will back me up on this one, catching the band when you don't have much time to get prepped "in case" he flies makes the shot an even better catch!  Bravo!  :D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2015, 17:59 »
Hurricane is home! ;D

 



Even if I didn't manage to get her band I would have been pretty sure it was her because we weren't there five minutes and I caught them canoodling.
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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2015, 18:47 »
Canoodling, whoo hoo.  Can't wait for the eggs and chicks.  TPC will their be a camera set up for Brandon this year?

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2015, 00:43 »
Great news, RCF!   :)  :D  ;D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2015, 07:12 »
Very happy to read they've both made it home safe and sound!  :) ;D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2015, 09:20 »
Yes, wonderful that Hurricane is now home. Looking forward to a season of cuteness at the McKenzie Seeds site!  ;D :-*

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2015, 21:20 »
Great news that both Brooklyn & Hurricane have returned! :D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2015, 16:14 »
Way To Go RCF!!! Two for two!  Well done indeed.   :D
And these two don't always cooperate this early in the season as I recall.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #24 on: April 15, 2015, 13:02 »
Great news, thanks for keeping us posted RCF!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2015, 15:36 »
great news . loved it when i visited this site

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2015, 13:24 »
Great news, indeed. :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #27 on: April 19, 2015, 09:49 »
Hurricane has been hanging out at the nest box for the past few days.

 

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #28 on: April 23, 2015, 19:10 »
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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #29 on: April 30, 2015, 09:48 »
Given Hurricane returned on the 11th, I'm not expecting any eggs until the first week of May at least - sometimes they get them prepped in three weeks, mostly it is four, but these two can get work done fast, so we'll start checking the first week in May and keep folks informed.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #30 on: April 30, 2015, 14:29 »
Is there a chance for a cam this year?

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / April
« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2015, 16:02 »
Is there a chance for a cam this year?

I hope so!  Still working on it ...

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McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #32 on: May 04, 2015, 20:10 »
I believe Hurricane and Brooklyn are incubating eggs, we have seen them do nest exchanges.  ;D

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McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #33 on: May 04, 2015, 22:29 »
That's great news, RCF! :D

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McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2015, 17:13 »
We haven't been able to get a look at how many eggs Brooklyn and Hurricane have yet, but we hope to very soon!

It usually takes at least 3 weeks between return date and the date the first egg is laid.  Hurricane was first spotted on the 11th by RCF which means that May 2nd was 3 weeks from her arrival.  If she started laying at three weeks and laid at the regular interval, there should have laid her third egg and started incubating on May 5/6 and a fourth egg should be laid by tomorrow (May 8).  If they had four eggs before this time, then I suspect that Hurricane and Brooklyn were getting together earlier away from McKenzie Seeds - but they are very fast at laying eggs after they arrive home so it will be impossible to tell for sure unless they haven't laid their last egg yet.

Now Hurricane and Brooklyn often lay four eggs but they have never managed to raise more than 3 chicks past one week of age.  If they do have four eggs, fingers crossed for this year though - it is their six year together so it would nice for them to break their routine!

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McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #35 on: May 08, 2015, 20:18 »
... it is their six year together so it would nice for them to break their routine!

Wow! I didn't recall that these 2 have been together for 6 yrs. Remarkable! :D

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McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #36 on: May 09, 2015, 11:04 »
Little excitement at McKenzie Seeds when a nest check was attempted this week - pigeons had found their way inside the building and because of where we have to get to to check the birds, it was a bit too hazardous for people and pigeons.  But we will be trying again and as soon as we have an egg count we will post it here!

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McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #37 on: May 10, 2015, 19:45 »
I thought I would share this lovely photo of Hurricane I took April 27th.

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McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #38 on: May 10, 2015, 22:58 »
Luv it! I should be in Brandon lots in the next while so will try and do some watching.   

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2015, 14:17 »
Four eggs confirmed for Hurricane and Brooklyn.  Because without a camera we couldn't confirm when the third egg was laid, we'll be keeping a closer eye on this site as we get closer to their estimated hatch date.

Thanks to MCWS for the assistance and RCF & her camera for keeping an eye on these two while we are cam-less.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #40 on: May 11, 2015, 16:33 »
 :) :-*

I echo TPC. My thanks to you MCWS and RCF as well.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #41 on: May 11, 2015, 18:26 »
I thought I would share this lovely photo of Hurricane I took April 27th.


What a GREAT photo of Hurricane, RCF! :D
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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #42 on: May 18, 2015, 09:33 »
Hurricane and Brooklyn are fortunately old hands at this parenting thing, and parenting in bad weather isn't new to them but still, their nestbox is open to the north and east which means they like the WW and Radisson birds were getting pelted by the wind and everything it carried with them.  I have been in contact with a contact in Brandon and I hope to be able to get an update early next week.  I'm sure RCF will be able to report if their behaviour seems normal to her for mid-way through incubation.  I'm optimistic though but will wait until reports come in before being too optimistic.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #43 on: May 18, 2015, 09:55 »
The key would be the lack of flooding, I'd think, and the ability to keep the eggs tucked snugly under a warm parent :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #44 on: May 18, 2015, 13:39 »
The key would be the lack of flooding, I'd think, and the ability to keep the eggs tucked snugly under a warm parent :)

I hope you are right RCF!  :-\

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #45 on: May 18, 2015, 18:56 »
Fortunately Brandon did not get the rain that Winnipeg received.  It was very windy here but no downpours, mostly light rain.  In a 24 hour period there was only 8 mls of rain and there had been none since last evening. The sun shone all day here but the wind was cool.
 
We saw both Brooklyn and Hurricane this afternoon, of course only seeing one at a time because one would be in the nest box.  Everything seems normal here.  :)

Brooklyn
 
 

Hurricane

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #46 on: May 18, 2015, 19:48 »
Great news RCF!
I think a lot of us are still in shock about the Wpg birds, but this is after all, the Manitoba Falcon Cam Forum (and abroad  ;D).

Wasn't there a cam at this site? 
Maybe we could watch the happenings at Brandon...?

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #47 on: May 18, 2015, 22:57 »
...We saw both Brooklyn and Hurricane this afternoon, of course only seeing one at a time because one would be in the nest box.  Everything seems normal here.  :)

That's good to hear, RCF. :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #48 on: May 18, 2015, 23:18 »
Thank you, RCF!
Your images of dry peregrines and the gorgeous blue sky are very appreciated and welcome after the dreadful ledge flood images of yesterday.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #49 on: May 19, 2015, 10:18 »
Will the camera be up at all this year in Brandon? 

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #50 on: May 19, 2015, 10:20 »
Will the camera be up at all this year in Brandon? 

The camera equipment is already to go, still trying to get the internet connection worked out.  Keep your fingers crossed though!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #51 on: May 19, 2015, 10:23 »
Will the camera be up at all this year in Brandon? 

The camera equipment is already to go, still trying to get the internet connection worked out.  Keep your fingers crossed though!

thanks Tracy...fingers and toes crossed.  Would be nice to see local birds.  I consider Brandon local birds even tho technically they are not.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #52 on: May 19, 2015, 10:30 »
Will the camera be up at all this year in Brandon? 

The camera equipment is already to go, still trying to get the internet connection worked out.  Keep your fingers crossed though!

thanks Tracy...fingers and toes crossed.  Would be nice to see local birds.  I consider Brandon local birds even tho technically they are not.

What's a little technicality - I consider the Brandon birds local birds, so no reason you can't.  With or without a webcam (though, hopefully "with")

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #53 on: May 19, 2015, 11:39 »
 :) Incredible photos, RCF! And great to hear it looks promising for the Cam, TPC!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #54 on: May 19, 2015, 12:28 »
I was away all weekend, so only read the news this morning.  :'(

Since this is TPC's "Manitoba" forum, then Brandon birds are local birds.  :)  Hope to see a live webcam here soon.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #55 on: May 19, 2015, 17:25 »
Will the camera be up at all this year in Brandon?  

The camera equipment is already to go, still trying to get the internet connection worked out.  Keep your fingers crossed though!

Crossing fingers, toes, talons, wings, whatever it will take.  I hope you can get it to work out.  If it does, at least we'll get our fix of watching the little fluffballs as they hatch and their adventures.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #56 on: May 19, 2015, 21:12 »
Great news RCF!
I think a lot of us are still in shock about the Wpg birds, but this is after all, the Manitoba Falcon Cam Forum (and abroad  ;D).

Wasn't there a cam at this site? 
Maybe we could watch the happenings at Brandon...?

Fantastic idea Alli, spot on, way to  be proactive.

TPC  ????

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #57 on: May 20, 2015, 10:36 »
Great news RCF!
I think a lot of us are still in shock about the Wpg birds, but this is after all, the Manitoba Falcon Cam Forum (and abroad  ;D).

Wasn't there a cam at this site? 
Maybe we could watch the happenings at Brandon...?

Fantastic idea Alli, spot on, way to  be proactive.

TPC  ????

It is a good idea and one we are working on.  Problem is that most internet service are not unlimited, there is a maximum amount of band width/data transfer and if you exceed it, it is prohibitively expensive, even with generous supporters.  So for us, partnerships are required.  Westman has again declined to partner with us on the internet connection again this year but we do perhaps have another iron in the fire and CBC has agreed to move the feed to the Brandon site if we can get the connection up and running.

More news as we have it ...


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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #58 on: May 20, 2015, 12:06 »
Thanks for the info Tracy.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #59 on: May 20, 2015, 16:43 »
Report from Brandon - all four eggs are right where they are supposed to be a) in the nestbox and b) under a parent.

All looks good.  Our best estimate for hatching is end of the first week in June (32-34 days incubation) but in case we are a couple of days off the start of incubation we are going start keeping a watch the end of May.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #60 on: May 26, 2015, 05:30 »
Is there any chance we may see this cam up and running before the chicks hatch?

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #61 on: May 26, 2015, 10:21 »
glad things are going to plan

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #62 on: May 26, 2015, 13:02 »
Is there any chance we may see this cam up and running before the chicks hatch?

Nothing confirmed ... CBC is giving us time to see if we can get our ducks in a row though.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #63 on: May 30, 2015, 18:00 »
Just as an FYI, our best estimate is that Day 33 will be June 6th.  Given that it takes about 3 weeks to begin laying and Hurricane was first observed on April 11th by RCF.  We know that there were four eggs in the nest box on May 11 which means incubation had already begun.  RCF thinks she saw incubation behaviour about May 4th which if Hurricane wasn't being coy before April 11th and hiding from RCF, then May 4th for incubation would be very fast, even for Hurricane and Brooklyn who are usually fast.

So, if RCF's observation is correct, Day 33 is June 6th so we will start checking the nest box a couple of days earlier just in case Hurricane and Brooklyn met up on migration and are faster than any of us anticipate.  We will keep checking until all the eggs hatch.  That way we will be able to refine our hatch/incubation match after the fact and be sure of their ages for banding.

More news as I have it.  :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / May
« Reply #64 on: May 30, 2015, 18:11 »
And no news yet about an internet connection ... have been trying to get the two possibilities to say yea or nay so we can let CBC know.
I'll be contacting both organizations again on Monday and perhaps we will have news more then.

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McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #65 on: June 04, 2015, 16:13 »
Wonderful news as of today - Hurricane and Brooklyn once again have 3 chicks!  Three is obviously their magic number.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #66 on: June 04, 2015, 16:39 »
 8)    It is wonderful news!!!
 
We were there today just when they were doing a nest exchange.  Brooklyn went in the box and Hurricane perched on one of the posts of the communications tower where she preened for a bit. We then saw her eating on the northeast corner of the McKenzie building, maybe preparing lunch. We used to be able to go up to parkade but you have to pay now, so only free on the weekend and after 6 p.m. That is the best place to see in the nest box....Saturday is coming though!!   ;D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #67 on: June 04, 2015, 16:56 »
Very happy news. Hope to see everything on a cam. CBC, do you hear this phanatic?

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #68 on: June 04, 2015, 17:42 »
Very happy news. Hope to see everything on a cam. CBC, do you hear this phanatic?

Wonderful news! Here's hoping that the cam works out. I think I recall TPC telling us that CBC is willing, but that there is another party's involvement that is necessary. Fingers and talons crossed!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #69 on: June 04, 2015, 19:51 »
Very happy news. Hope to see everything on a cam. CBC, do you hear this phanatic?

Wonderful news! Here's hoping that the cam works out. I think I recall TPC telling us that CBC is willing, but that there is another party's involvement that is necessary. Fingers and talons crossed!

Yes, CBC has been great since we lost the Radisson nest.  They agreed to let the cams stay live while we work on getting a new feed if we can.
Fortunately, Princess and Smiley have been very active, and entertaining at the nest box for the last little while.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #70 on: June 04, 2015, 20:34 »
How fantastic!!!
This is such wonderful news!!!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #71 on: June 05, 2015, 22:56 »
Wonderful news for sure and here's hoping for the cam.  :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #72 on: June 06, 2015, 01:27 »
Great news for Hurricane & Brooklyn!  ;D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #73 on: June 06, 2015, 10:51 »
 :-*

hope to see their debut soon

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #74 on: June 06, 2015, 12:00 »
There seems to be an impression from a couple of posts here that a webcam in Brandon is imminent ... that isn't precisely correct.

We have been working on finding a new partner for over a year now, but haven't been successful thus far.   As we have lost the Radisson nest, it would be especially nice to be able to get the McKenzie Seeds site back and running now, and that is what we are working on.  CBC has lots of other things they could be doing with the resources they are providing for the FalconCam but they are just as fond of the peregrines as we are so they are giving us time to see what we can pull off.

Sorry to be a kill-joy, I know how much everyone would very much like to watch one of our peregrine families, I just don't want folks to get their hopes too high.  Be hopeful, we are, just don't go crazy.  If we get a cam going, they go as crazy as you like :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #75 on: June 07, 2015, 19:40 »
I went to Brandon today and took some photos of Hurricane and Brooklyn doing a nest exchange when they were feeding the chicks.  :-*

Hurricane taking out the remnants of some birdie.
 
 

Brooklyn going in to be with the little ones
 


Hurricane on her return



Brooklyn perched above the nest box watching over his family




 
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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #76 on: June 07, 2015, 21:54 »
Such great pictures.....thanks RCF.   :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #77 on: June 08, 2015, 04:45 »
Thanks RCF for these amazing photos. You NEVER disappoint! :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #78 on: June 08, 2015, 11:54 »
Thanks RCF for these amazing photos. You NEVER disappoint! :)
Terrific.  Thank you for sharing!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #79 on: June 08, 2015, 17:45 »
WOW!  Thanks, RCF!
We don't have a webcam, but we have RCF with her great shots.   

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #80 on: June 08, 2015, 17:57 »
Thank you!! :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #81 on: June 11, 2015, 15:37 »
On Tuesday I saw Hurricane on the edge of the nest box which made me wonder if the chicks were old enough to thermoregulate.  Today I am sure because both parents were either on the communications tower or perched at the bottom corner of the clock tower. So the chicks must be at least 9 to 11 days old.  ;D


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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #82 on: June 11, 2015, 16:08 »
Thanks again for your incredible photos and reports, RCF! I look forward to each and every one. ;)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #83 on: June 13, 2015, 17:18 »
One more thank you RCF, for the updates, photos and helping us see the site without a cam.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #84 on: June 16, 2015, 17:04 »
Big surprise for the NRO checking the nestbox for us - Hurricane and Brooklyn have four far and healthy chicks not three!  Way to go Hurricane & Brooklyn!!!  :o  ;D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #85 on: June 16, 2015, 17:30 »
Big surprise for the NRO checking the nestbox for us - Hurricane and Brooklyn have four fat and healthy chicks not three!  Way to go Hurricane & Brooklyn!!!  :o  ;D

I think I remember saying something about them having four chicks after you told me they only had three. It must have been hiding under the chick pile.  ;D

Here's one of them from today poking it's head up just so you can see it.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #86 on: June 16, 2015, 22:37 »
Big surprise for the NRO checking the nestbox for us - Hurricane and Brooklyn have four far and healthy chicks not three!  Way to go Hurricane & Brooklyn!!!  :o  ;D

4 healthy chicks for Hurricane & Brooklyn! That's great news! :D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #87 on: June 23, 2015, 17:19 »
Hurricane and Brooklyn have two male chicks and two female chicks who look to be about 25 days old.  Like past years Hurricane'sand Brooklyn's chicks aren't particularly large (thank you Princess and Trey) so I would expect them to start to fledge in about two weeks based on past experience.

We had hoped to get the FalconCam operating here today but it wasn't to be.  MTS through their Future First philanthropy program had agreed to help us out with a connection but with the work necessary to get a line in place and our small window of opportunity (I.w., before the chicks fledge) it wasn't feasible so I will be talking with the program to see if they would be interested in helping us out next year instead.  No guarantees of course but keep your fingers crossed!

And RCF's sharp eye at the beginning of the month was bang on.  She spotted one of the adults with food and thought the delivery looked more like a chick meal than dinner for a hungry incubating adult and she was right looking at the age of the chicks. We weren't sure exactly what we would find - we got the call that MTS would be able to meet us today about the connection and we took the chance that between RCF's observations and a couple of photos Conservation managed to take that the chicks would be old enough to band safely.  And though the real reason for our trip wasn't successful, we were able to band which given everyone's schedule at the moment was a stroke of good fortune.

Dennis I'm sure will get his photos processed and posted as soon as he can.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #88 on: June 24, 2015, 05:40 »
Thank you for this information, TPC! I look forward to the photos Dennis took at the banding. And RCF, I look forward to more of your incredible photo as well.  ;D
TPC, was there a video made at the banding? Is so, will it be posted on Youtube?  ???

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #89 on: June 24, 2015, 07:43 »
TPC, was there a video made at the banding? Is so, will it be posted on Youtube?  ???

I'm afraid there wasn't - small technical issue with the camera. It is new and we bought it with making videos in mind as we have had problems converting video in the past so they could go on YouTube.  Think I have issue sorted now thanks to some very detailed instructions via Mr Google.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #90 on: June 24, 2015, 10:16 »
Mr. Google or EyeSpy?

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #91 on: June 24, 2015, 12:09 »
Mr. Google or EyeSpy?

EyeSpy our intrepid and technologically adept cam coordinator helped us close this model of camera because of its ability to record and to record in HD however even he needed to consult the manual and Mr Goigle cleared up some manual-techno-speak ...

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #92 on: June 24, 2015, 13:18 »
Hey EyeSpy... ;) :-*

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #93 on: June 24, 2015, 17:24 »
here's a (low-res) photo of the chicks courtesy of Dennis


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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #94 on: June 25, 2015, 05:17 »
Thanks Dennis for this photo. They are so cute! This photo is suitable for framing. :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #95 on: June 25, 2015, 06:23 »
Mr. Google or EyeSpy?

EyeSpy our intrepid and technologically adept cam coordinator helped us close this model of camera because of its ability to record and to record in HD however even he needed to consult the manual and Mr Goigle cleared up some manual-techno-speak ...

Best Buy has their Geek Squad. We have EyeSpy, our bird nerd!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #96 on: June 25, 2015, 07:34 »
Brandon Banding gallery is now up and running, more photos will be added in the day's to come.

http://www.pbase.com/photosbydennis/brandon_2015

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #97 on: June 25, 2015, 21:17 »
we got the call that MTS would be able to meet us today about the connection and we took the chance that between RCF's observations and a couple of photos Conservation managed to take that the chicks would be old enough to band safely.  And though the real reason for our trip wasn't successful, we were able to band which given everyone's schedule at the moment was a stroke of good fortune.


I am disappointed that the banding took place with no notice to the forum.
I had planned to drive out to Brandon with friends to see the parents yell at the project members and to get some pictures.
What a great experience lost due to communication glitches.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #98 on: June 25, 2015, 23:10 »
here's a (low-res) photo of the chicks courtesy of Dennis ...

What a great photo of the 4 "musketeers"! They look so well fed & healthy! :D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #99 on: June 26, 2015, 07:43 »
Chick Banding gallery has been started at this link.

http://www.pbase.com/photosbydennis/brandon_2015

Cheers !
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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #100 on: June 26, 2015, 08:06 »
So glad, TPC, that "spur of the moment" you were able to band the chicks.  It is too bad your real reason for being there did not work out.  Is there going to be a naming contest for the 4 chicks?  :D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #101 on: June 26, 2015, 23:18 »
we got the call that MTS would be able to meet us today about the connection and we took the chance that between RCF's observations and a couple of photos Conservation managed to take that the chicks would be old enough to band safely.  And though the real reason for our trip wasn't successful, we were able to band which given everyone's schedule at the moment was a stroke of good fortune.

I am disappointed that the banding took place with no notice to the forum.
I had planned to drive out to Brandon with friends to see the parents yell at the project members and to get some pictures.
What a great experience lost due to communication glitches.

There have been a number of disappointments this year unfortunately.  We lost Beau as the West Winnipeg resident male, we lost Ty and Paris as the Selkirk pair and we may have lost Paris' as a part of our wild population as we haven't heard what her prognosis is yet.  We were looking forward to a successful nest at the Radisson which of course didn't happen and we lost two eggs at West Winnipeg all due to the unseasonably cold weather. 

And then though we managed to find an internet partner and it looked like we would finally be able to resurrect the McKenzie Seeds webcam, we were thwarted by a cable cut during demolition at McKenzie Seeds.  And then when we were all set to announce we would be banding the Brandon chicks on Saturday (tomorrow) we found that we needed to be in Brandon earlier.  And though we were disappointed we wouldn't be able to get the webcam working, we did find that the McKenzie Seeds chicks were old enough to band and doing so then saved us another trip when most of us had other things we should have been doing.  But what was fortuitous for us meant that we would disappoint long-time phanatic RCF who almost always makes the time to come out to watch the banding from the street. 

Given that we are all volunteers who take time away from work and pay our own way when we travel to monitor and band the birds, being able to band the chicks on Tuesday and not make another trip four days later, was the right decision even though it, very regretfully, meant that the McKenzie Seeds peregrines' staunchest fan didn't have an opportunity to attend this year.  We started announcing bandings in advance so that folks wouldn't miss watching them live online on the FalconCam and it is nice to know folks still enjoy watching them.  Hopefully next year we will have bandings on the webcam again (and not just at the Radisson) and that way, no one will miss the  action, online, live or a bit of both.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #102 on: June 26, 2015, 23:22 »
So glad, TPC, that "spur of the moment" you were able to band the chicks.  It is too bad your real reason for being there did not work out.  Is there going to be a naming contest for the 4 chicks?  :D

That's a good question Jazzer, hadn't gotten that far yet what with work meetings out of town and bandings today.  Will figure out the logistics and let folks know.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #103 on: June 30, 2015, 14:57 »
During a check today all four chicks were out of the box and roaming about on the roof though not far from the nestbox yet.  Still very white and fuzzy yet so won't be be fledging in the next couple of weeks.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / June
« Reply #104 on: June 30, 2015, 15:40 »
Do they have the "skyview motel" aka nestbox that used to be on the roof up there still?

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McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #105 on: July 01, 2015, 08:41 »
More photos have been added to this gallery.

http://www.pbase.com/photosbydennis/brandon_2015

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #106 on: July 01, 2015, 11:00 »
Don't you just hate it when  plan does not come together

I am sure RCF undrstands

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #107 on: July 02, 2015, 11:16 »
The McKenzie Seeds chicks appear to be about a week younger than the West Winnipeg and Logan chicks based on their development when we banded them.  But like their siblings from previous years, it didn't take them long to figure out how to get out of the rooftop nestbox and they have started to explore their rooftop playground a bit.  They will have at least a week until they start fledging though with a mix of boys and girls, it might take a bit longer - the boys may decide to wait a bit longer as their sisters, despite being smaller like their previous years' siblings, won't quite be ready to go as soon as their brothers.  We'll just have to wait and see - every family is different!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #108 on: July 11, 2015, 14:44 »
No reports yet but the Mckenzie seeds chicks should have just started or be just about to start fledging. Like usual the females aren't a great deal larger than their male siblings so they could join their brothers sooner rather than later or not depends on the individual birds of course  ;)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #109 on: July 16, 2015, 12:07 »
Any news on the Brandon chicks?  Have any fledged yet?

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #110 on: July 16, 2015, 12:27 »
Last report from RCF on the Birdcams Around the World forum was some photos on July 8th that showed the chicks on one of the walls but no news directly from RCF or on the BCAW forum if the chicks have fledged yet.

Also haven't heard from any of the folks at Conservation or any of the rehab organizations so hopefully, knock on wood, none of the chicks has fledged and crashed in the interim.

If I hear anything, I will be sure to post.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #111 on: July 16, 2015, 13:38 »
Any news on the Brandon chicks?  Have any fledged yet?

 The two males have fledged and are flying very well. We watched them playing tag with each other yesterday morning. We saw all four this morning in the rain, two on each of the lower roof pillars.  These are some pics from the last few days.

   
   

 
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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #112 on: July 16, 2015, 14:48 »
Thanks for the update RCF  :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #113 on: July 17, 2015, 04:02 »
 ;D These photos are absolutely incredible, RCF. I love the silhouette effect.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #114 on: July 17, 2015, 10:07 »
 :)  Love the photos RCF.  Thanks for posting them. 

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #115 on: July 17, 2015, 12:06 »
Thanks RCF!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #116 on: July 18, 2015, 14:11 »
Great photos, RCF! Glad to hear the boys' 1st flights have been so successful! :D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #117 on: July 20, 2015, 11:43 »
Name the Chicks Contest has begun

http://tinyurl.com/lxqaurw  


There are two males and two females so you get to choose two names for each gender.

Voting runs from July 19 @ 1800h to July 26 @ 1759h

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #118 on: July 31, 2015, 17:40 »
All four chicks seem to be doing well here. I don't always see all four at once but on the Tuesday July 28th I saw all four kids flying in and around the McKenzie and Scotia buildings playing chase and tag. They are always lots of fun to watch.  8)  ;D

Armstrong was the first to fledge, then Ellington, followed by Ella and then Nina was the last to fledge. The one male chick likes to hang out on an aerial on the west side of the Annex building. For the last few days I have seen the other three perching on the north and east window sills on the Scotia building.

Nina

 

One of the boys



This is from a block west of the McKenzie building. Hurricane is perched in her favorite spot on the communications tower. One of the boys likes to perch on an aerial on the annex building.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #119 on: July 31, 2015, 22:28 »
Thanks for the pics and update, RCF. I was thinking about the McKenzie Seeds chicks today and hoping they are all well.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #120 on: July 31, 2015, 23:09 »
Awesome photos of Nina, RCF! :D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #121 on: August 01, 2015, 04:58 »
Beautiful photos and beautiful chicks. Thanks for sharing, RCF!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #122 on: August 01, 2015, 22:16 »
Those chicks look very good - another good job by Hurricane and Brooklyn!
And great photos by RCF of course!!  ;D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #123 on: August 05, 2015, 13:26 »

I'm happy you were able to spot all four chicks RCF. Thank you for the updates and beautiful photos. :)

I see there are several nearby sitting areas where the falcons can pose for you, and these chicks were most accommodating!


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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #124 on: September 25, 2015, 18:26 »
Just thought everyone would like to know that both Hurricane and Brooklyn are still here.  I see them every day, morning and afternoon.  I haven't seen a chick since August 27th, so hoping they have a safe migration.

Hurricane napping under the decorative ledge on the south side



Brooklyn just after having a bite to eat on the west side McKenzie roof

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #125 on: September 25, 2015, 21:59 »

Nice to hear from you RCF! I'm happy to see Brooklyn and Hurricane are looking very well, and I hope this whole family will stay safe. Thank you for sharing.


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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #126 on: September 25, 2015, 22:11 »
Yes, nice to hear that Hurricane & Brooklyn are still around. Thanks for sharing your pics , RCF. :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #127 on: September 26, 2015, 04:30 »
Thanks for sharing these great photos, RCF! I am happy to hear they are well and still in Brandon.  ;D

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #128 on: September 26, 2015, 12:26 »
Thank you for the update, RCF.

How wonderful it must be for you to continue to see these two every day, morning and afternoon, as the season grows later.
 

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #129 on: September 28, 2015, 01:53 »
great pciutres. RCF :-*


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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #130 on: September 28, 2015, 09:34 »
Nice to see a pair still around!  They look to be in great condition too - well rested for their next big challenge (migration).

And yes, it does look like peregrine migration is in full swing - there have been peregrine counts at pretty much every migration site south of us for the last week.

Hope Brooklyn & Hurricane hang around a bit longer for you to enjoy RCF!

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #131 on: September 28, 2015, 15:52 »
They are waiting for the last possible moment.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #132 on: September 28, 2015, 18:31 »
I was in Brandon on this past weekend & was able to get some shots of the birds.  Not as good as yours RCF as I couldn't get a good close up of either one of them & Hurricane kept hiding her head while I was there.  Think it was her by the colouring on the breast.  Then this morning both of them were on the antennas of the building.  Glad I got a chance to see them though.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #133 on: September 28, 2015, 20:39 »
Sorry, but the birds were on the lights of the clock tower, not the antennas

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #134 on: October 03, 2015, 18:13 »
Hurricane is still here! The weather has been fairly nice so that may be why she is still here. I do seem to recall it being much colder last year because she left around October 1st.  I haven't seen Brooklyn since the last time I posted. Gingerlee was the last person to see him.....that I know of anyway.

Here she is on the west light, me looking way up from the tiny parking lot on the south side.

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #135 on: October 04, 2015, 11:17 »
I haven't gone back to check but from your recollection RCF, is there a pattern in who leaves first between Brooklyn and Hurricane?

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #136 on: October 04, 2015, 15:06 »
I haven't gone back to check but from your recollection RCF, is there a pattern in who leaves first between Brooklyn and Hurricane?

From what we have seen, Brooklyn leaves about a week before Hurricane and she was still there today.  :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #137 on: October 07, 2015, 17:18 »
Just so you all know, Hurricane has migrated.  Rose and I saw her on Sunday, Oct 4th.....haven't seen her since then. I hope she has a safe flight there and back to wherever she goes on her migration.  :)

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Re: McKenzie Seeds - 2015 / July - Dec
« Reply #138 on: October 08, 2015, 04:33 »
Just so you all know, Hurricane has migrated.  Rose and I saw her on Sunday, Oct 4th.....haven't seen her since then. I hope she has a safe flight there and back to wherever she goes on her migration.  :)

It's going to be a long, cold winter! :(