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« on: March 08, 2016, 23:11 »

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Link to a very short video of the beautiful gyrfalcon:

https://www.facebook.com/theglobeandmail/videos/10153876635238904/?fref=nf
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2016, 23:18 »

Caught the gyrfalcon on cam again:

 

 

http://explore.org/live-cams/player/northern-lights-cam
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2016, 06:59 »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2016, 13:45 »

Dennis caught sight (and perhaps a few photos) of another bird, female by the size, north of the city limits ... we will have to see if it is one of our transient female birds from last year - Kelly or Spencer.  Or perhaps someone new entirely ...
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2016, 14:30 »

Dennis caught sight (and perhaps a few photos) of another bird, female by the size, north of the city limits ... we will have to see if it is one of our transient female birds from last year - Kelly or Spencer.  Or perhaps someone new entirely ...

Nope, not Kelly or Spencer, but Bristol late from visiting Marv in Grand Forks.  We just got the call yesterday that Terminator had returned to UND.  So even if she has been back for a day or two, didn't take Bristol long to head back to more familiar territory - and so far it looks like she is staying well clear of the active nestsites - smart bird, just like her mother  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2016, 14:59 »

Dennis also reports hearing another peregrine - he's gone a-hunting with Wowser ...
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2016, 21:20 »

Dennis has ID'd the male hanging out with Bristol today - it is Sundance, Cowboy's and Joli's son from the Logan nest site. Nice to see him back again his year - last year he was hanging out with Kelly from Brandon but they didn't nest.

Another tidbit from Grand Forks - someone may well have seen Bristol in Grand Forks just before or just as Terminator arrived home.  That would mean Bristol flew 200+ kms in 24 hours or less ... Pretty good travel time  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2016, 11:09 »

Dennis and Wowser caught up with a couple more birds - one of whom we know - looks like Spencer is back for a third year and she has a friend.  Don't know if or where they will nest but hoping third year is the charm!!!

And we haven't seen Sundance and Bristol for a bit - hopefully they are house-hunting and we will run across them again though Bristol is a bit young - she's not quite two yet ... but here's hoping!!
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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2016, 19:59 »

Dennis and I were out looking for Spencer, Sundance and Bristol - didn't find Spencer but did find Sundance and Bristol involved in what looked like courtship flights.  Bristol's a bit young (just under 2 years) but we are hoping they will at least find a spot that appeals to them as a nestsite and if they don't actually nest, that they stay there this summer, will improve the odds they will return again next year.  And if she isn't old enough to nest this year, maybe next year.  And we couldn't find Spencer or her banded male friend at any of the spots we have seen her at in the last couple of years.  Hopefully we just missed them - I can understand why they would have been off tucked down - it was cold in that wind!
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2016, 11:19 »

We ran into Spencer today and finally got a decent look at her male companion.  Dennis and Wowzer managed to photograph him in the split second he bombed by and pros that they are the picture was in perfect focus and we discovered that Spencer's amorata this year is none other than Loki from Princess' and Ivy's 2010 nest at the Radisson.  That's the third P & I chick we know about with the exception of Hillary and Tenzing who we couldn't band which means that just like Princess and Trey they too have a surviving chick from every one of their nests!
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« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2016, 20:20 »

It has been great this year having the cam at the Radisson, and hearing all the news from the other nests in Winnipeg and Brandon!  Thanks to everyone who makes this possible.  I know everyone has been busy with all the known nest sites, but I am wondering if you have had any reports of more sightings in other places like the Brandon tower or Selkirk?
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« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2016, 16:12 »

It has been great this year having the cam at the Radisson, and hearing all the news from the other nests in Winnipeg and Brandon!  Thanks to everyone who makes this possible.  I know everyone has been busy with all the known nest sites, but I am wondering if you have had any reports of more sightings in other places like the Brandon tower or Selkirk?

RCF posted a couple of photos from the Brandon Tower site but the bird(s) didn't stick and the site has been much quieter this summer than it has been in recent years.  We have an idea to try something at the site that might be more appealing but we'll have to wait until (at least) next spring to see if what we think is more appealing actually is more appealing to a peregrine.

No joy in the Selkirk area either.  Sundance and Bristol and briefly Kelly were in the area but they haven't settled.  Sundance didn't leave Bristol for Kelly so we think the fact that Bristol is barely two years old might have influenced them.  We are hopeful for next year though.

We have a couple of other pairs who likewise looked good but they don't seem to have nested or perhaps lost their eggs/chicks in all the rain.  Neither location is easy to "see" so we have had to rely on behaviour and they haven't been behaving like they have chicks and even though they were later, they should have chicks by now.  But we will keep watching them through to the end of July just to be sure.  In both cases, we have ideas for more "appealing" nest locations that would be easier to access and/or safer for the adults and future chicks. 

So maybe with some work this fall we might be have an additional successful nest or two next year.
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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2016, 17:37 »

Thanks for the information, I have been wondering.  I hope your efforts for next year are successful, it must be challenging to figure out what really appeals to Peregrines, especially in the wild where there are such big spaces and so many options.
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« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2017, 00:11 »

This randomly popped up on Facebook today - not sure where it is - very peculiar though!  Shocked

https://www.facebook.com/SweetKitty001/videos/767289156753114/
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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2017, 10:51 »

This randomly popped up on Facebook today - not sure where it is - very peculiar though!  Shocked

https://www.facebook.com/SweetKitty001/videos/767289156753114/

California  Wink

Here's the whole news story - http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Falcon-Bird-Windshield-Hitchhiker-Car-Desert-409577965.html
- there is a video, another photo and the story itself

And here's the follow-up messages from the Pancho's human:

"You cant imagine my reaction when I saw this. This handsome fella is my 9year old Peregrine Pancho. I am a licensed Master falconer. He was just recently injured by a wild Red tailed Hawk and sustained an eye injury probably resulting in blindness. I was testing his flying abilities (100% fine) when he caught a thermal (using a natural lift from warmer air) and skied out. I recovered him 20min later but obviously had no idea this had happened. Thanks to everybody for there efforts on trying to help him, he is home and as happy as can be. After reading some of the comments I realize that some of you view this as a negative thing, I assure you he couldnt have a better life and if youd like to witness this and him in action feel free to see us this Sat at the Ramona Hawk Watch and visit our website. www.toptalons.net"

And a video - https://youtu.be/EaGBJ96VRbQ
And a blog - https://www.toptalons.net/blog/


Got the same information through one of our Manitoba Falcon Fans (thx Cathy179) a while back but it got lost in New Year's stuff (sorry Cathy179!)

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