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Old June 21st, 2011, 03:04 PM
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All Kinds of updates!! All 3 have fledged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND PIGOTT MAKES THREE!!!



Tuesday June 21, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: At 09:14 this morning, just as I was starting my shift, Pigott decided that enough was enough and left the nest ledge, taking a strong flight across King Street and over the Art Gallery. The image at left shows her just as she was leaving the Sheraton. Escorted by one of her brothers she then came back to the Sheraton but failed to gain much height. When an attempted landing on a window ledge didn't work out, Pigott sort of skidded down the side of the building and out of sight. Senior Monitor Mike Street and I rushed to the pool deck to find Pigott looking very healthy and active - she had landed on the roof of the Sheraton's swiming pool. As of 13:00 she is still in that spot, people watching, checking out the traffic and watching her brothers as they zip by overhead. It won't be too long before she takes her second flight.

HOME ALONE - MOST OF THE TIME



Monday June 20, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelson reports: I'm hoping that everyone will be watching the website closely on Tuesday because after what we saw today, it seems very likely that Pigott may attempt her first flight. Volunteers observed Pigott frequently peering over the side of the nest ledge (left) and bobbing her head, and often flapping her wings very hard when her siblings or parents flew nearby. Gore and Thomson are now flying very well. For most of the day they perched on Standard Life and the Sheraton, making short flights with precise landings. Late this afternoon volunteers had the pleasure of watching Thomson and Gore soar well above the Stelco Tower for almost a minute and a half and then land on the very top of Stelco. Gore then made the long flight from Stelco to the north face of the BDC building and back, a flight that showed that he has both strength and endurance. Understandably, all the youngsters were worn out by the end of the day. At dusk, Thomson and Pigott were tucked away in the nest and Gore was perched safely on Stelco. Madame X and Surge provided many meals to the youngsters throughout the day and were both perched nearby when we left.

Falconwatch volunteers are still raising funds for the 2011 season. While Falconwatch does not cost tons of money, there are expenses to be covered. If you would like to help Falconwatch 2011 by making a tax deductible donation, please click on the 'Make a Donation' link above. Thank you.

ANOTHER GREAT DAY!



Sunday Evening June 19, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: Happy Father's Day to everyone. and let's not forget Surge! Being the great dad he is, Surge spent most of his day giving as many as four food catches to the chicks and settling for the leftovers. The story today was definitely the magnificent flights of both males. Thomson, like most youngsters now able to explore, used his wings and was curious about everything he came across. Around 18:00 hours he made a remarkable flight from Standard Life to the top of the grate on the Stelco roof, well over 24 floors up. From take off to landing he was in the air circling and sweeping in and out between buildings for an overall flight time of one minute. When Madame X had a catch she lured him back down. With wings tucked in and at a sharp angle, he zipped over to a perfect landing landing right next to her. He also was a good brother and retired early to the nest with Pigott (left).

After finally getting away from Fairclough and up to Standard Life, Gore spent most of his time going back and forth to the upper roof of the Sheraton. He and Thomson got up to mischief, playing and fighting over food when it came in. Gore wasn't as confident with taking off and flying as his brother, but when he did fly he showed he had what it took. He hasn't returned to the nest since leaving Friday, but before dark tonight it looked like he wanted to get back there. Finally, however, at 20:45 he flew from the Sheraton roof above the nest up to the 21st floor of Stelco, apparently for an overnight stay.

Pigott has flapped her wings, pulled out some more of her white fluff and done lots of head bobbing, but she hasn't left the nest yet. Her turn will come soon.
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Old June 21st, 2011, 04:50 PM
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It all sounds great Winston,no misshaps
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Nice to hear everything is going so great! Surge and Madame X are probably running themselves ragged keeping track of all the young'uns!!
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 08:32 AM
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Update on Pigott

PIGOTT TAKES A RIDE AND RETURNS


Tuesday Evening June 21, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: After a relatively quiet day, at 19:00 this evening Pigott made her move, trying to get back to the nest ledge from the roof of the Sheraton pool. It was not to be. Part way up the east side of the building she ran out of steam and slipped back down to ground level on the Thomson building side and out of sight. After a hair-raising few minutes we found her - walking down the ramp of the garage under Jackson Square!!!! Fortunately we were able to do a quick rescue in a difficult space. Because Pigott had bumped the side of the buildings on her way down it was decided to take her for a check up. After a fast one hour car ride, a positive examination, another fast one hour car ride and an elevator trip to the top of the Sheraton, by 22:00 Pigott was out on the edge of the Sheraton squawking like crazy, letting everyone know she was back in town. Stay tuned!
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 08:37 AM
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Whew, that was close. So glad everything went well for Pigott.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 09:32 AM
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Yes that was close! she was very close to the busy intersection of downtown! and at this critical stage in their life the last thing she would need would be to be away from the nest and her brothers! they learn alot right now!

They still need to be taught to hunt on their own and exchange food in the air!~ those are really important to a new falcon!

Funniest thing I ever saw was 2 of the falcons playing in a puddle on the rooftop! when you think of falcon you think of fast, ferocious bird! not one you would expect to see do that!

Today is another day!
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Whew! Glad she survived her little misadventure!

So when the falcon watchers rescue the young'uns do they get bit? And do Surge and Madame X ever take note of them messin' with the kids?
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Winston,scary stuff,I am so glad they found her,hopefully she'll not try that again,at least not yet.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 08:50 AM
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NO MAJOR EVENTS!!!


Wednesday June 22, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: Although her siblings, Gore and Thomson, spent a lot of time chasing each other in the air and soaring high, Pigott seemed a little afraid to attempt a second flight today and spent most of her time perched by the video camera, sometimes marching back and forth on the south ledge of the Sheraton. Late in the day she did some exercising of her wings and made the short jump back into the nest. As the fog rolled in this evening the two young males retired to their usual roosts for the night, Thomson with Pigott on the nest ledge and Gore on the Stelco tower. Madame X and Surge provided many meals for their youngsters. Madame X was also observed dropping and catching food in mid-air, a demonstration of how to catch food on the wing for the benefit of her two boys who were following her closely behind.

MORE ON PIGOTT'S BIG DAY


Follow-up for Tuesday June 21, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: Tuesday's events were hair raising and Falconwatchers again put in lots of extra time due to the difficult circumstances with Pigott. The team did an excellent job looking after her following her first flight and then with the rescue. There were other highlights worth mentioning as well. The male chicks spent most of their time based on the grate on top of the Stelco tower, flying around and catching thermals. They are becoming experienced fliers playing in the sky above us, a real sight to see for pedestrians passing by. The boys were vocalizing, talon touching, and chasing after each other over King Street. At one point this continued for almost five minutes! In the meantime Madame X was out hunting - right in front of our eyes on King Street!! With her skill and size she managed to capture a pigeon off the wall of Standard Life, then flew east with it. The pigeon was so big and heavy that Madame X was actually flying down King Street with it at windshield level. A volunteer and I worried for her safety and came very close to trying to stop traffic. After struggling to get out of the danger from vehicles she managed to settle on a light fixture right outside the entrance to Jackson Square. This created quite a scene for onlookers who watched as Madame X dressed the pigeon only 15 feet up. Feathers were flying everywhere! It was truly amazing for those who watched. She then delivered this meal to the boys, who flew down to meet her and enjoyed their first meal of the day on the Thomson building. Not even a half hour later Surge decided to try to hunting at street level; although a bunch of feathers went flying he just missed his meal.

One other highlight worth mentioning came around 17:30 when two gulls decided to pester Pigott on the Sheraton pool roof when the adults weren't around to chase them off. Pigott kept her eyes on the gulls diving at her and crouched and spread her wings, but stood her ground very well and didn't seem scared! Again, thanks to the volunteers and members of the public who helped make sure the birds were safe on this very busy day.
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Gulls have been mentioned frequently in the past--are they a danger when the chicks have gotten this big?

What a show they put on at mealtime on the 21st!! I hope Surge and Madame X don't make a habit of hunting at traffic level, though

The boys must be awfully fun to watch as they play on the wing. I'd love to see that!
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 11:38 AM
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Another update! Not soo good this time!

Thursday morning June 23, 2011 - Senior Monitor Audrey Gamble reports: At 05:00 today a call from Hamilton Animal Control advised us that a Peregrine had been found sitting on a car in a parking lot at King and Bay Streets. This time the species identification was correct. On arrival we found that the car and bird - Pigott - were in the lot across the street from, but not visible from, our normal watching location. It appears that during a major thunderstorm over downtown Hamilton around 23:00 last night she was blown off the nest ledge and eventually came to ground. Pigott has been taken for examination and care. There seemed to be some evidence of bruising. An X-ray will follow to check for wing damage. It will be a few days before she returns to the Sheraton. We will keep you posted on her progress.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 01:22 PM
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I hope they can get her back up to the nest area before Surge and Madame X give up on her. Good luck, Pigott!!
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 03:17 PM
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Its a wait and see situation really. If she is gone for a long time it could be dangerous! Having said that we brought a chick bak after 2 weeks and Surge attacked him but stopped. He must have realised he was his!

Its a waiting game!
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Well, with luck there won't be any breaks or major damage and they can have her back at the nest in a few days!
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BOYS WILL BE BOYS!!

Thursday evening June 23, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: Pigott spent her day in rehab awaiting her health check outcome. The word is that she has no fractures or breaks, but did receive some soft tissue damage. She is on low activity watch for the next four days, and will then be reassessed for return to the nest.

Today, with Pigott away, we watched the 'Boys' being boys. Everyone enjoyed the airshow we were seeing and noted that where one goes, the other is usually close behind. During their aerobatics both Gore and Thomson were talon touching, chasing each other and generally making a ruckus. Sometimes they were fooling around so much that they would go off course. During one particular play fight, sorry I mean "flight", one went slightly off course and seemed to just brush a window on Standard Life. This can be a normal occurrence, but falconwatchers must check to see if the chick's flight after that is altered. This bird was fine and the two continued to play. With hunting lessons coming soon, one of the boys' instincts took him into a tucked-wing dive towards the overpass on King Street after some pigeons. It was fun to watch until we realized the chick was extremely close to the traffic. Luckily, he was just trying out his skills and it never got out of hand. Otherwise, the youngsters spent most the their time on Standard Life. Madame X spent was out of sight most of the time but did make several meal drops. Surge came over a couple of times to try to convince them to fly with him. With five feedings today Gore and Thomson didn't go hungry; they both turned in early, settling down by 19:55.
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Thank's for the updates Winston,I am glad Pigott seems to be ok
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Old June 28th, 2011, 07:01 PM
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Still no further updates on Piggot. Here is an update on the boys!!

MID-AIR CATCHES!



Monday June 27, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: Thomson and Gore spent most of today well beyond the eyes of Falconwatch volunteers, exploring both to the east and west of the Sheraton. One observer watched the siblings chase each other as far as the Hamilton General Hospital! When they were in sight the two boys were flying with exceptional speed and control and were mastering difficult landings, including one on the antenna of the Connaught Hotel near Gore Park. Late in the evening our volunteers watched exciting flights as the adults dropped prey for the youngsters to catch. Both Gore and Thomson successfully caught a pigeon in mid-air and, albeit with some difficulty, were able to carry the prey up to a nearby ledge where they could eat it. On several occasions during the day Thomson perched as if to say "Hi" on the window ledge of the Stelco tower floor from which volunteers watch.
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It's fascinating how mom and pop know to train their youngsters how to hunt, step by step. Sounds like both the boys are doing well! I hope Pigott is healing quickly and can join in the lessons soon!
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BEAUTIFUL TO WATCH!

Thursday June 30, 2011 - Lead Monitor Audrey Gamble reports: Gore and Thomson were in and out of view this morning, heading far to the south and east. Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports seeing one of the boys cast a pellet today. This is the normal way Peregrines get rid of indigestible parts of their food. The pair were in view for most of the evening, with only short forays to chase an adult or practice dives. A favorite perch is the tall antenna on the old Royal Connaught Hotel. With the evening sun shining on them I think this is probably the most beautiful and entertaining phase of Falconwatch. The brothers are increasingly adult in both appearance and behaviour, and are spending more time apart from one another and longer periods out of view. However they still aren't too grown up to play and explore all the rooftop cracks and crevices, especially Thomson. Gore seems to be the more staid of the two, even in the way he flies! Both boys had food from their parents this evening and all four birds were back in the home neighbourhood of the Sheraton at dusk. I hope that will soon be all five birds!
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At what point do the youngsters start hunting for themselves, Cindy? And any updates on Pigott's recovery?
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The parents are likely teaching them now. They have been seen bringing prey in to the area but not the actual kill. The parents are teaching mid air transfers so I am sure it will be soon.

Last week the site mentioned this about Pigott:

Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: Good news about Pigott. She has been responding so well to enforced inactivity that she now has a hearty appetite and has been transferred to a larger flight cage to let her start testing her wings once more. Her flights will be assessed and we hope she will be 100% recovered soon.

I am concerned because it wont be long before the parents and the boys start leaving the area to hunt and she certainly is going to be at a disadvantage. It will be interesting to see where they release her? She doesnt really have any skills so I imagine it will have to be the nest site and we hope for the best??
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Has there ever been a chick that was away from the parents at this stage of its education? I hope Surge and Madame X recognize her when she returns!
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 12:18 AM
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A couple of years ago we had Blue Foot in rehab for almost 2 weeks and when he returned it was not a pretty scene! Surge attacked him but we believe what saved him was his siblings went to him after Surge started to attack and then he stopped?? if they return them to nest under darkness maybe they will think she has been lost??? acceptance is the one thing but she has missed out on the time with her siblings and that is so critical. She didnt have the opportunity to do much flying before being swept off the ledge in the storm we had. SHe hasnt learned to hunt either. But they have her in a flight cage to help with strengthening the wings and she has been enjoying meals of quail for sure!

We shall wait and see I guess.
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 08:55 AM
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HAPPY CANADA DAY!


Friday July 1, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: Happy Canada Day everyone! Today was one of the most beautiful days we've had for this year's Falconwatch. Although the youngsters are now covering quite a large area, we were still lucky enough to see them several times during the watch, and they are both doing very well. Although we haven't witnessed it yet, we expect the boys have been attempting to capture their own prey in the air. It's easy to forget that only a month ago these two were covered in white down and totally dependent on Madame X and Surge! They sure do grow up fast! Pictured on the left, an image taken at about 6:25 PM of both parents doing some house-keeping in the nest. There is little else to report today, but we will keep you posted as usual every morning, especially when we learn more about Pigott's recovery.
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 09:43 AM
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Wish I could see the boys practicing in person. Must be fun to watch! Do you ever see them from the windows where you work?
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 12:35 PM
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Yes I can Hazel! its awesome!~ you can hear them too!

We also have a call site across the street that we take care of and I can go to the 10th floor and peek into the nest!
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 12:52 PM
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Now there's a perq you won't see written up in your benefits package! But it would definitely be a plus for me!!
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 12:55 PM
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Its a perk for sure! I dont really like working in the downtown core but the falcons make it worth while!
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 05:11 PM
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Winston,it must be amazing to see for sure,hopefully Piggot will be accepted back,if not,what can be done for her???
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