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Offline Jazzerkins

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I hope that there will be a follow-up on this story to see where the Peregrine Falcon's nest this year.  Unfortunately, "progress" de-homes so many people/animals/birds.

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Re: Quebec / Montreal - ?? - 2018 / Algo & Polly
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2018, 13:26 »
Not often we have ?? for a location in the thread subject line!
I'm sure if Polly and Algo settle somewhere, someone will post a notice about it.

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Re: Quebec / Montreal - ?? - 2018 / Algo & Polly
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2018, 15:44 »
Not often we have ?? for a location in the thread subject line!
I'm sure if Polly and Algo settle somewhere, someone will post a notice about it.

Okay, I will fill in the blank.

Polly and Algo are now residing at River's Edge Church in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. It is not possible to see whether they have eggs or chicks, but their behaviour would indicate it is fairly likely. Their new potential nest site at the church is a small, cramped area. If they stay, I would like to see a spacious nest box provided for them next year.

They finally abandoned the area of the Turcot Interchange. All potential nest sites in that area were deliberately blocked off to prevent them from remaining there. I call that the Pittsburgh Syndrome.



Photo by John Mahoney, Montreal Gazette.

The accompanying article:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/celebrated-peregrine-falcons-move-into-n-d-g-church

And a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgv3oMe3CJo&feature=youtu.be

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Re: Quebec / Montreal - ?? - 2018 / Algo & Polly
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2018, 16:42 »
Thank you for the update on Algo & Polly, Alison.

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Re: Quebec / Montreal - ?? - 2018 / Algo & Polly
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2018, 19:13 »
They finally abandoned the area of the Turcot Interchange. All potential nest sites in that area were deliberately blocked off to prevent them from remaining there. I call that the Pittsburgh Syndrome.

The interchange I believe is supposed to (at this time at least) be still under renovation until 2019.  Given that this pair are a bit of an institution, I would like to think that someone is making plans to put a box (or 3) back in place though to be honest, birds nesting that close to major roads gives me ulcers - we have a couple and I lose sleep when they are fledging. And yes, I've lost birds to traffic at all of these sites and hate it.

Polly and Algo are now residing at River's Edge Church in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. It is not possible to see whether they have eggs or chicks, but their behaviour would indicate it is fairly likely. Their new potential nest site at the church is a small, cramped area. If they stay, I would like to see a spacious nest box provided for them next year. 

Nice to see they have found a new place - and if the Church is okay with them nesting there then hopefully it won't take much convincing to get an upgrade in place perhaps even for next year.  (Now I'm going to have to google the church)

Thanks for keeping an eye on these two for us Alison!  :)

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Re: Quebec / Montreal - ?? - 2018 / Algo & Polly
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2018, 20:48 »
The interchange I believe is supposed to (at this time at least) be still under renovation until 2019.  Given that this pair are a bit of an institution, I would like to think that someone is making plans to put a box (or 3) back in place though to be honest, birds nesting that close to major roads gives me ulcers - we have a couple and I lose sleep when they are fledging. And yes, I've lost birds to traffic at all of these sites and hate it.

Yes, the Turcot Interchange is still under renovation until at least 2019. Polly and Algo were provided with a really good nest box in the general area of the Turcot some years ago, a box much iike the one at l'Université de Montréal, with carpeted areas and external perches, but they chose not to use the box. I am not aware of any plans to put a nest box in that area again. I agree, it is a very dangerous area for nesting. As I understand it, although the people in the area loved the birds, the powers that be do not want the birds back in the area. They do not like them, do not want them there and have wanted them gone for at least several years. I have seen this type of situation many times; as I said, it's the Pittsburgh Syndrome.

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Re: Quebec / Montreal - ?? - 2018 / Algo & Polly
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2018, 21:02 »
Nice to see they have found a new place - and if the Church is okay with them nesting there then hopefully it won't take much convincing to get an upgrade in place perhaps even for next year.  (Now I'm going to have to google the church)

The people in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce are apparently very pleased to have Polly and Algo there. As far as I know, the church has no objection to their presence.

I think this new site could be a good one for them. It is a much quieter area than the Turcot Interchange. The church is located on the Chemin de la Côte-Saint-Antoine. It is not far from the métro stations of Vendôme and Villa-Maria, and is about 1.9 km from the Turcot Interchange.

Photos of the River's Edge Church, showing the nest site and two peregrines on the church. The second photo is by Marcel Pérez.

 

More information (in French).

http://falco-urbanis.blogspot.com/2018/05/leglise-rivers-edge-nouveau-domicile.html

Link to another photo of the church:

https://imtl.org/edifices/St_Augustines-s-Church.php
« Last Edit: May 30, 2018, 21:07 by Alison »

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Re: Quebec / Montreal - ?? - 2018 / Algo & Polly
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2018, 00:18 »
Based on observations of their behaviour by watchers very knowledgeable about peregrines, it is believed that Polly and Algo are incubating eggs. If they are, it is thought that incubation would have begun some time after May 10. Timing for possible hatching would be between June 10 and June 21.

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An update on Polly and Algo dated July 6, which I translated from the French:

In spite of the intense heat of the last few days, a peregrine was present at the nest in the loft of the River's Edge Church yesterday morning. However, no clear sign of hatching has been observed. It is possible that the nest has failed, but that one of the falcons is still hoping that the eggs will hatch. Of course, no definite conclusion can be drawn while the falcons have not yet abandoned the nest (or a chick appears at the entrance . . .)