WRAPPING UP FOR THIS SEASON
Friday, July 8, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: Friday eveing was the last official Falconwatch session for this season, although I'm sure anyone who's been involved will be looking up whenever they pass through the area just to see what the falcons are up to. Gore, Thomson and Pigott are all doing very well! Volunteers enjoyed watching Pigott capture a pigeon dropped in mid-air by Madame X early in the day. This is the first time we've seen her do this, and she managed it with trouble at all. Late in the afternoon the boys engaged in a game of pigeon tug-of-war. One of them snuck up behind the other, who was carrying a pigeon, and tried to steal the bird from him! Both were locked together with the pigeon in both sets of talons for a few seconds! We're not sure which one ended up with the prey, but he sure didn't show any interest in sharing when he finally go to a rooftop to eat it! Our three youngsters will continue to gain their independence over the next few weeks. If we happen to catch them doing anything interesting, we'll be sure to post it here! Thanks again everyone, we had a great time! Thanks to everyone who helped out and supported us during this season's Falconwatch!
Thursday July 7, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: Today proved to all of us who were on site at Falconwatch that Pigott is almost at the same stage as her brothers Thomson and Gore. From early morning she was able to take off and be out sight, then suddenly show up with flying skills that looked equal to the adults or her siblings. She showed this in many ways, swooping down endlessly towards groups of pigeons, making them scatter and panic. She took more dives at potential meals than her brothers did today! She also showed mantling and defensive behaviours that the boys had learned earlier. At one point, when one of her brothers decided to lie down, she came over and booted him back into activity.
Active was definitely the word of the day for Pigott. After numerous different landings she finally settled out of the afternoon sun on a hard to see spot on the Effort Trust building at Catherine and Main Streets. Once the sun was less harsh she took off and was seen especially when the adults were around with food. It has become very difficult for Falonwatchers to keep any of the youngsrters in sight for very long. Pigott has shown herself to be a superb flyer and lander, travelling between the Fairclough building in the west and the Landmark Place in the east. The adults stayed away from their adventurous no-longer chicks most of the time, but they did deliver more meals than usual to all three of them. For Falconwatchers the action never stopped. At the end of the evening all three youngsters settled down in the general area of the Stelco Tower. It is only a matter of time before Pigott finishes her training.
STEADY AS SHE GOES
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: Falconwatch volunteers enjoyed a beautiful day watching our falcon family. Pigott impressed us again. She could have easily been set back by her time away, but is flying with strength and determination. She also appears to be re-bonding quite well with her siblings, and has interacted directly with everyone now. Pigott was observed picking at a prey item one of the adults left for her late in the day, although earlier she was being fed directly by Madame X. Of course, Gore and Thomson are also doing well and are definitely giving the downtown pigeons a hard time!
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