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Old July 3rd, 2011, 05:36 AM
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update from the site

A QUIET EVENING - FOR A CHANGE!


Saturday July 2, 2011 - Falconwatch Coordinator Alexis Jordan reports: It was muggy and humid, with only a very light wind, from dawn to dusk today. Although most would take the opportunity to keep cool and relax, the boys went non-stop during the morning and evening hours. With their constant vocalizing and flapping flight they were easy to spot from the time Falconwatchers arrived for both shifts. Even though they had lots of energy during these hours they managed to stay around the nest ledge area and in sight almost the time we were present.

This morning the boys spent most the the time eating mysterious food that we didn't see dropped but was in convenient places for them, possibly food stashed the night before. At one point I was able to closely observe from the Stelco Tower the two of them fighting over food on the roof of the Fairclough building. Pushing and shoving, biting and kicking, dragging and screeching were all elements of what seemed a display of both brotherly love and greediness. At this point mantling the item by extending their wings over it, a normal behaviour while eating, seems to be second nature to them, even if it meant backing off their own sibling! Later on the boys took turns intercepting an adult swooping in for a pigeon on the Robert Thomson building. When the adult caught the prey one of the youngsters came abruptly from the opposite direction and caused the adult to drop it for a moment before picking it back up. Quickly in pursuit the other one caused the adult to drop the prey, but missed catching it. The pigeon was very lucky this time around!

This evening all four Peregrines stayed within sight of each other in a small two block area on the east side of Stelco. I had yet to really experience that side of Stelco and it was amazing to see all four birds on relatively low roof buildings such as "The Right House" and the old Connaught Hotel, both of them near Gore Park. With full bellies, sometimes an adult and a youngster even settled quietly on the same rooftop. On one occasion Madame X and Surge were perched on separate but very close railings on the Connaught. I haven't seen the two adults that close together since the boys left the nest. It was a very family oriented and almost romantic end to the evening.

Morning and evening Falconwatch sessions have ended until Pigott returns. Watch this space. We will keep you posted.
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Old July 5th, 2011, 05:30 AM
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Great News!!!!!!!

Update from the site!

PIGOTT IS BACK AND FLYING WELL!


Monday, July 4, 2011 - Falconwatch coordinator Annika Samuelsen reports: At 18:00 today Pigott was returned to the roof of the Sheraton. She barely put a talon to the ground before leaping into the air. Her flight was strong and directed. Observers watched her fly from the release spot, around the north face of the Stelco tower and past Gore Park, then circle back to the CIBC towers at King and James and out of sight. After an hour of scouring the rooftops to the south and east of King and James Pigott was spotted on the Effort Trust building at Catherine and Main. She spent most of the evening on that ledge, except for a short flight to join one of her siblings in the air. She managed to get back to the rooftop afterwards, although she struggled a bit with the landing. Pigott also reacted to the adults by calling, flapping and running whenever they were nearby.

For the first time this season Falconwatch volunteers observed at close range one of the young males chasing a pigeon. We were pretty sure both Gore and Thomson have been doing this for a few days now, but have not had the opportunity to see it first hand. Tuesday will certainly be an exciting day as we monitor the progress of Pigott and enjoy the impressive flights of Gore and Thomson!
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Old July 5th, 2011, 09:01 AM
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Excellent! So Surge and Madame X are at least not attacking--are they feeding her, though?
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Old July 5th, 2011, 11:25 AM
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Winston,that's great news,thank's
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Old July 9th, 2011, 03:34 PM
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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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Old July 9th, 2011, 03:41 PM
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How long will they be fed by the adults, Winston? And at what point do the youngsters split up and leave the area?
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Old July 9th, 2011, 04:06 PM
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We should see the parents try to shew them away around middle of August / into September. I guess it depends on wether they try to migrate or just hand around looking for their own nest....thats one of the big things with banding...when they are spotted elsewhere we can see where they go and where they nest.

Once they are gone though there is no going back to the nest. That would mean a territorial battle and that cant be good for them.

I am so lucky that madame X and Surge are what they call Urban Peregrines as they dont migrate and they hang out here pretty much all year round. They never really hang out too much on the nest ledge once the young are gone. They seem to have their own spots around the downtown core where they hang out.

Amazing creatures thats for sure!
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