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« on: March 18, 2017, 15:36 »

It looks as if Marv has returned to Grand Forks once again. On Thursday, March 16 a peregrine was seen at the nest. Yesterday, Tim Driscoll observed the bird and is pretty sure it is Marv.

First peregrine of season returns to Grand Forks

By Brad Dokken on Mar 17, 2017 at 4:50 p.m.

A peregrine falcon is back in town, and local birding experts believe it's Marv, the patriarch of Grand Forks' peregrine clan since 2014.

Hatched in 2013 in Fargo, Marv showed up in Grand Forks the next year and mated with Terminator, a female hatched in 2006 in Brandon, Man.

This will be Terminator's 10th breeding season in Grand Forks if she returns to her love nest atop the UND water tower, local raptor expert Tim Driscoll said. Peregrine falcons go their separate ways when they migrate but return to their nest sites the next season.

Males typically are the first to return, Driscoll said.

Driscoll said he first suspected a peregrine was back in town Wednesday, when he found a fresh bird carcass near the UND water tower that showed all the signs of being a falcon snack. The head of the prey was missing, the breast meat was eaten and the legs and wings were intact, Driscoll said.

That's consistent with the way peregrines eat their prey, he said.

Driscoll said he got a call Thursday morning from Grand Forks birder Matt Spoor of the local Audubon group who said he'd just seen a peregrine at the nest box on the UND water tower.

Friday morning, Driscoll paid a visit to the site, and sure enough, there was a falcon sitting on the nest box high atop the water tower.

All the traits

Driscoll, who is a licensed bander, said he wasn't able to get a good enough look at the leg bands to confirm the falcon's identity, but the bird showed all the traits Marv has displayed over the years. He faces the nest box when he sits on the tower, his face is a dark color and the colored right leg band and silver left leg band are consistent with Marv's leg bands.

Driscoll should know because he banded Marv in 2013 in Fargo, naming the male after Fargo TV personality Marv Bossart, who died in April 2013. The bird's tail projections also are similar to Marv's, Driscoll said.

"I don't know 100 percent, but I'd be stunned if it wasn't him," Driscoll said. "We'll get a definite ID in the next few days. I'm pretty sure it's Marv."

Marv showed up March 7 last year and March 9 in 2015, Driscoll said, but recent north winds likely delayed this year's arrival.

"He's maybe four or five days late, but given the weather, as soon as the wind turned to the south, he showed up," Driscoll said.

Awaiting a mate

Time will tell whether this spring's mating season rivals the drama that almost unfolded last year, when a 1-year-old female named Bristol unexpectedly flew into town about two weeks before Terminator, vying for Marv's affections.

The potential love triangle terminated—ahem—when Terminator finally showed up at the UND water tower in late March. Within days, Bristol was spotted with a new male in Winnipeg, where she had been banded in 2015.

If history is any indication, Terminator probably won't be back in town for another 10 days or more. She first showed up in Grand Forks on April 9, 2008, with subsequent first sightings April 10, 2009; March 27, 2010; April 7 or 8, 2012; March 26, 2012; March 26, 2013; April 6, 2014; March 29, 2015; and March 24, 2016—her earliest return to date.

"Terminator will be going on her 10th year here," Driscoll said. "She's had four babies the last two years, so I think she's in her prime."

Peregrine populations have been on rebound since use of the chemical DDT decimated the species in the 1950s, thanks to captive breeding programs and reintroduction efforts across North America, Driscoll said. Grand Forks and Fargo have the only known nesting peregrines in North Dakota, while Minnesota has more than 50 nesting sites across the state, the Department of Natural Resources says.


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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2017, 22:02 »

Heard from Tim on Friday and he mentioned that he had seen a bird that looked like Marv but that he hadn't yet been able to confirm the bird's identity yet.  He said that he would let us know when he does have know for sure.  I'm afraid I was working all weekend so didn't have a chance to post about it until now.
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 15:03 »

Thank you for the reply, TPC!

Today there is confirmation that Marv has indeed returned to the Grand Forks nest box.

It’s official: The peregrine falcon that flew into town last week is Marv, the patriarch of Grand Forks’ peregrine clan the past couple of years.

Named after Marv Bossart, a Fargo TV personality who died in 2013, Marv was hatched that same year in Fargo and showed up in Grand Forks to mate the next spring.

Tim Driscoll, Grand Forks raptor expert and licensed bander, said avid birder Dave Lambeth got a photo of the peregrine perched on the UND water tower. The photo shows the bird’s leg bands, Driscoll said: black over red, and H over 72.




Photo by Dave Lambeth.

That’s Marv, alright. Driscoll banded and named Marv in 2013.

“It always takes a day or two” to confirm, Driscoll said. “Now we know for sure what we knew for sure.”

With Marv back in town, the wait for a mate resumes, Driscoll said. That could be Terminator, the first and only female to nest in Grand Forks since the inaugural hatch in 2008, or Bristol, a young female hatched in 2015 in Winnipeg who caused a bit of a stir last spring when she showed up in Grand Forks vying for Marv’s affections.

That didn’t sit well with Terminator when she returned, and Bristol within a day or two was reported back in Winnipeg.

“We’ll see what happens,” Driscoll said.


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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2017, 19:41 »

Another peregrine has arrived back in Grand Forks, and it may be Terminator.

Female falcon is latest peregrine to fly into Grand Forks

Pretty much right on schedule, there's a female peregrine falcon back in town vying for the affections of Marv, the male peregrine who returned to his love nest atop the UND water tower last week.

Tim Driscoll, the Grand Forks raptor expert and licensed bander who follows the annual comings and goings of the local peregrines closer than anyone, said he got a call Thursday morning from a UND employee who'd seen a smaller falcon fly into the nest box, followed by a larger bird that landed on the tower railing.

Female peregrines are larger than their male counterparts.

"I said, 'I'm on my way,' " Driscoll said.

Peregrine pairs don't migrate together but return to the same mating sites each spring.

Driscoll said it's too soon to say for sure whether the female is Terminator, the matriarch of the local peregrine clan since 2008 when falcons nested in Grand Forks for the first time. But he doesn't think it's Bristol, the female who last year flew into town before Terminator, fueling speculation of a love triangle in the making.

That possibility ended a few days later when Terminator returned. Within two days, Bristol was confirmed in downtown Winnipeg, where she hatched in 2015.

"I don't think it's Bristol because she was more cream-colored," Driscoll said. "I don't have a positive on the band yet, but she looks really comfortable and she's sitting on the railing, and Marv's in the nest box, and they seem to be fine with each other.

"I think it's Terminator, but I'm not as sure as I was about Marv," he added.

Driscoll confirmed Marv's identity earlier this week after local birder Dave Lambeth got a clear photograph of the leg bands. This will be the fourth breeding season for Marv, hatched in 2013 in Fargo and named after Fargo TV personality Marv Bossart, who died that spring.

Driscoll, who banded Marv, names the falcons he bands, saying it's easier to remember a name than a band number.

Thursday's gray, rainy conditions weren't conducive to getting clear photos, Driscoll said, but if his speculation is correct, Terminator's return would be her earliest ever.

She first showed up in Grand Forks on April 9, 2008, with subsequent first sightings April 10, 2009; March 27, 2010; April 7 or 8, 2012; March 26, 2012; March 26, 2013; April 6, 2014; March 29, 2015; and March 24, 2016.

"I really wish it would be Terminator, but if it's not Terminator, better somebody else than nobody," Driscoll said, adding he'll get a band number in the next day or so. "Females are larger, and there's no question this is a female. Terminator is large for a peregrine."


https://www.grandforksherald.com/outdoors/4239416-female-falcon-latest-peregrine-fly-grand-forks

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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2017, 14:24 »

Got a call from the folks down in Grand Forks and they have confirmed that Terminator is back as of yesterday!
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2017, 15:29 »

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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2017, 22:32 »

Got a call from the folks down in Grand Forks and they have confirmed that Terminator is back as of yesterday!

Thank you for the confirmation, TPC! Glad to know Terminator is back for her tenth year in Grand Forks.
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2017, 22:40 »

I hope that Terminator and Marv will have another very successful year.

Band confirms it: Terminator's back in town

By Brad Dokken Today at 3:52 p.m.

Just like the infamous "I'll be back" line from the "Terminator" movies, the female peregrine by the same name is back in Grand Forks for another nesting season.

Grand Forks birding authority and avid photographer Dave Lambeth got a confirmation on Terminator's band number Friday. The photos weren't clear enough to run in print, Lambeth said, but they clearly show the "T over 2" band number that confirms her identity.

Terminator, first spotted Thursday by the UND water tower, has been the matriarch of Grand Forks' peregrine clan since 2008. This will be her 10th nesting season in Grand Forks. She nested the first couple of years atop the old Smiley water tower but moved to the UND water tower after Smiley came down, and the nest box was moved.

This year's return was Terminator's earliest to date, said Tim Driscoll, local raptor expert and licensed bander who keeps track of such things. Last year, Terminator returned March 24, a day later than this year, he said.

Marv, the female's mate since 2014, returned a few days earlier. Peregrines don't migrate together but return to the same mating sites each spring.

Driscoll said he saw the pair copulating Sunday.

"I'm thrilled," he said. "This is year No. 10. He's back, she's back and they both know the drill."

Hatched in 2006 in Brandon, Man., Terminator got her name from the "T2" band number. The movie "Terminator 2" widely was known as "T2," for short.

Terminator has had four chicks each of the past two years.

"She's fine, and she looks healthy," Driscoll said.

Hatched in 2013 in Fargo, Marv is named after Fargo TV personality Marv Bossart, who died that same year.


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