First draft for 2015. Please pass along corrections...info I'm missing...clarifications...whatever you think is needed.
A Archer Resident tiercel Rochester, NY 2009-early 2012 (hatched 2006 in Port Colborn, Ontario). Mariah and Kaver's grandson. His father is Freedom (hatched 2002). He was a mate to Mariah for a very brief time in 2009 before pairing with Beauty. Injured in 2012 and replaced by Dot.ca. Has not been seen since.
anthropomorphizing attributing human characteristics, motives, and emotions to animals; a favorite watcher activity
ASB Andrews Street bridge.
B Beauty Resident falcon Rochester, NY since 2009 (hatched 2007, Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA) First seen with Zephyr (M/K's offspring) in the winter of 2009. She then fought Mariah for territorial dominance in downtown Rochester in 2009.
Fought with Unity for territorial dominance in downtown Rochester February 2012. Released from rehab and returned to downtown Rochester the same date Unity was hit by a car. Bonded with Dot.ca and successfully hatched Orion with him 06/20/2012. Continues to nest with Dot.ca.
Billie Hatched at Central Terminal, Buffalo in 2013 to Glieg and Diamante (M&K 2008). Banded black/green 77/AX, original spelling Billy. Seen since winter 2013 various spots north of downtown Rochester. Currently roosting with a tiercel we’re calling 99 at Seneca Towers (ST).
BBRR Braddock Bay Raptor Research Hawk watch and banding station on the shore of Lake Ontario
BL Bausch & Lomb Building in downtown Rochester, NY; occasional perch. Renamed Legacy Tower in November 2014.
Brooding Keeping eyases covered by the adult’s body until they can regulate their own body temperature.
BS Brighton Site. A private building in Brighton. A regular stopping place for winter vistor PeFas. Was the scrape location of Pigott and Dot.ca.
BSB Broad St. bridge
BYF Big yellow feet. A characteristic of nestling birds of prey-their feet appear large and unwieldy in relation to their body.
Cabot-Sirocco Hatched in 1997 to Victoria & Pounce-Kingsley in Toronto, ON. First mate of Mariah (1998-2002)
Cache Storing of prey in various locations for later consumption.
CB Charbay Peregrine falcon seen at Charlotte, NY & Irondequoit Bay
cere Fleshy part of the upper beak containing the nostrils
Chase White building with columnar façade near LT (formerly B&L) and Xerox.
CMNH Cleveland Museum of Natural History Forum where we followed Seneca (Rochester, NY 2008) and her nest with Cheyenne in 2010
Courtship behavior bowing & ee-chupping, tandem flying, presenting gifts of prey
CPF Canadian Peregrine Foundation Our neighbors to the north who keep watch on many Rochester offspring residing there
Crop an area of the throat used for food storage and later consumption
Diamante Hatched Rochester NY 2008 to M&K. Nesting since 2012 at the Central Terminal Buffalo, NY with Gleig, sister of Pigott.
Dot.ca Resident tiercel downtown Rochester at the Times Square building 2012 through present. The son of Jack & Angel, hatched 2010 at the Sun-Life Center Etobicoke, ON. Also bonded with Pigott with a scrape at BS. Also Dot and DC.
DT Downtown watch area
ee-chup a sound of affection. Heard often with the adults
Egg turning during incubation the adults will turn the eggs regularly prevent the embryo from sticking to the shell and to insure proper development
eyas newly hatched peregrine falcon
falcon small to medium-size birds of prey with long pointed wings; female peregrine (falconry term)
FWC falcon watch central Stairs on Broad St. across from the Blue Cross Arena that go down to Aqueduct St. Next to the Thomson Reuters building and the Philippone building
FCT Frontier Communications Towers Favorite perch. This is across from City Hall. Parents like to bring their fledglings there. Calidora (hatched 2010) used to frequent the tower, screaming for food from her parents.
FF Falcon Flakes The dedicated watchers who keep an eye on the peregrines no matter the weather
fledgling A young peregrine after it makes it's first flight
Food exchange transfer of prey from one bird to the other.
GVAS Genesee Valley Audubon Society Sponsor of Rfalconcam
Hack release of a young bird (usually raptors) from an artificial nest box. Usually after they've been rescued/rehabbed or something happens to the parents before they're flighted. It was used in the reintroduction of peregrines to the east coast-eyases hatched in captivity were released from hack boxes.
Hammie The one eyas that likes to pose for the inside cameras
Hard incubation full time incubation beginning when the penultimate egg is laid. Insures that the eggs will hatch at roughly the same time.
Hatch The eyas uses a protuberance on its beak (egg tooth) to chip around the wide end of the shell. The adult will most often not assist. The adults will eat the empty shell to replenish calcium stores.
Hawkeye A former Kodak plant just north of downtown Rochester. Location of one of the original nestboxes placed around Rochester in hopes of attracting PeFas.
HSBC building across from Xerox A building in downtown Rochester.
IB Irondequoit Bay Large bay on the shore of Lake Ontario
Jail Tower Communication tower on the Monroe County Jail building. A favorite perch.
kakk if done in a hurried manner, can be an alarm call but regular kakking can also be done for attention
Kaver Wild hatched. Second mate of Mariah (2002-2008) Known affectionately as QTP2T. An extraordinarily faithful mate. In 2006 when Mariah was injured he successfully hunted for her and the newly hatched eyases.
Kestrel A small falcon species; very colorful with a red dish brown back and blue-grey head; most common falcon in North America
KO Kodak Office Kodak Tower, the highest building in the complex, was the original nestbox site and birthplace of close to 50 peregrine eyases
KP Kodak Park Properly, Eastman Business Park. Mariah had been seen for awhile after she relinquished territory. It is a few miles down the same road as Kodak Tower. Unity nested there in 2011 with Archer. All eggs failed to hatch. Both a male and female PeFa have been seen there on and off.
Linn Hatched Rochester, NY 2007 to M&K. Nesting at the Yellow Pages building Scarborough, ON with Reuben.
LP Lady Pefa See Unity
LT (original usage) Lake Tower Apartment building a mile or so north of downtown Rochester. Female PeFa seen there several times during the winter 2012-2013.
LT Legacy Tower. New name for the Bausch & Lomb building. Remains a favorite perch and feeding spot.
Luzerne and Veteran A bonded pair seen in 2014 around Seneca Tower. Luzerne was hatched in PA. She was found deceased outside Seneca Tower. Veteran is unbanded. He has not been seen in quite some time.
M&K; M/K Mariah & Kaver Resident peregrine pair 2002-2008
Mariah Peregrine Falcon matriarch-- first falcon on Kodak tower (1998). First mate was Cabot Scirocco (1998-2002), then with Kaver (2002-2008). She spent most of her time at Kodak tower until the nestbox was moved to Times Square in 2009.
Mercury Statue across the road from Times Square Building. Favorite perches are the money bag in Mercury’s outstretched hand, his heel, and the base of the statue.
Midtown Plaza An almost nest site for Mariah and Archer, then Archer and Beauty. Watchers witnessed many a coming and going of Falcons at the Midtown Tower, which is the only section of Midtown that will remain in the future.
NB Nestbox Manmade box with gravel substrate used to simulate the peregrine's preferrednest site of a gravel ledge on a cliff face
OCSR Old Changing Scenes Restaurant. Properly the First Federal Building place where falcons seem to go but not for mating or nesting. Mariah and Kaver (M&K) used to store food in the elevator shaft of that building. This is still used as a cache. Fledglings in 2010 also would go there with their parents.
ORB Orange Rail Building. A building at Kodak Park where Unity and Archer perched in 2011.
Orville A round white stone from the original scrape on Kodak Tower that was often mistaken for an egg. During the long days of waiting for the eggs to hatch the stone was given the name Orville. When the nest box was moved, Orville was taken to the new nest box to proudly oversee the newest generations of Rochester Peregrines from the back left corner. Sadly, Orion dropped Orville to the sidewalk in 2012. Orville has been in rehab since and it doesn't appear he will be able to be released into the wild. He will remain an education rock.
Pebble picking While incubating eggs, picking at the gravel in the scrape, often pulling the gravel in closer.
PF or PeFa Peregrine Falcon
Pigott Hatched Hamilton, ON 2011 to Madame X & Surge. Bonded with Dot.ca 2012 with a scrape at BS. Unknown if she laid any eggs. Found to have moved to Syracuse in 2014. Nested there with an unbanded tiercel producing one fledgling named Barb.
Pip The initial hole in the eggshell made by a hatching eyas. The eyas will often rest after pipping before starting to work on the rest of the shell. It can take quite some time between pip and full hatch.
Powers Building Another nestbox site after the box was removed from Kodak. Birds have been seen near there but the nestbox has not been used.
Quest Hatched Rochester, NY 2008 to M&K. Outfitted with a transmitter that finally fell off in late 2014. First nested in Toronto, ON 2011 across from Harlequin Enterprises with Kendal, producing one fledgling named Harlequin. A new nest box was installed by CPF in 2012 season. Kendal was injured in 2014 and is in rehab. Skye was her mate in 2014.
Raptor birds of prey that generally hunt on the wing, using powerful talons and beak as well as keen eyesight to capture prey
RFC Rfalconcam The place that brings all the falcon fans, both on the ground and on the internet, together!
RFW Rochester Falcon Watchers Dedicated volunteers who help educate the public about the Rochester PeFas and other wildlife. Trained to assist the PeFas if needed.
RM&T Rhea Mae & Tiago Rhea Mae (Rochester, NY 2006 to M&K) is nesting with Tiago at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, ON
RS Russell Station. Decommissioned power plant on the shore of Lake Ontario. Occasional PeFa sightings.
RTH Red-tailed hawk; large hawk with brown back, pale chest and brick-red tail; probably the most common hawk in North America
scrape Peregrine falcon nest; the depression scraped in the gravel to hold the eggs during incubation
Seneca Hatched in 2008 to M&K. Nested in 2010 with Cheyenne at Brookpark Rd. Bridge near Cleveland, OH.
ST Seneca Towers. Apartment building on the east side of the Genesee River a bit north of downtown. Billie & 99 seen roosting there.
Stoop PeFa signature hunting maneuver. The wings are pulled in and the PeFa dives from height. As it reaches it’s prey it turns and strikes the prey with it’s feet.
Stormin’ Hatched 2009 Sheraton Toronto (RM&T) Took over and successfully reared eyases with Haven in 2011 at Canada Square when Irving, the resident male, was lost. Displaced in 2014 but seen in the fall.
talon tag a game played by juvenile PeFas where they touch and release talons in flight. Preparation for food exchanges
tiercel male peregrine
The Hole Parking lot between several downtown buildings across Exchange Blvd. from the Times Square Building. Best line of sight for several favorite perches at once...MMB...OCSR...NB...
TSB Times Square Building Corner of Broad and Exchange in downtown Rochester, NY. Site of the nestbox seen on Rfalconcam
TV Turkey vulture
U Unity, formerly known as Lady Pefa. Identified by VID band in 2011 as Unity, hatched 2009 University of Toledo, OH. Her Mother, Belle, is a full sister of Beauty. Nested with Archer at KP-no eggs hatched. Fought with Beauty for territorial dominance in downtown Rochester February 2012. Killed by a car 04/06/2012 after laying an egg with Archer and bonding with Dot.ca.
USFWS US Fish and Wildlife Service Issues the sequential numeric bands used in bird banding. On peregrine falcons, the band color often indicates the region the bird was banded
UT Unbanded tiercel courting Beauty for a couple of weeks before Dot.ca returned
VB Veterans Bridge Bridge over the Genesee across from Seneca Towers.
VID band Visual ID band Colored band with numbers &/or letters large enough to read with a spotting scope or strong binoculars
wailing used by eyases/fledglings when begging for food. Adults will also wail when laying on eggs to indicate change from one adult to another
Wildlife rehabilitator A person licensed to care for sick and injured wildlife. Their goal is to release the animals back into the wild. Some provide sanctuary to unreleasable wildlife.
Wilder building Low brick building across the street from Times Square. Green copper caps on the rounded roof corners and a green copper strip below the roof line are favorite perches.
WGS Wilder green strip (see Wilder building)
Wild Wings Rehabilitation center and sanctuary for injured and unreleasable birds of prey
Xerox Building in Downtown Rochester. It is across the street from HSBC . Beauty will consistently perch on certain columns of the Xerox building at night.