Archive for December, 2009

Quest Heads To The States For Christmas

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Quest Map

Quest continues to spend most of her time in the vicinity of the Lennox Power Station. She has made a few side trips though. On the 18th and 19th she spent some time in what appears to be an agricultural area to the west of the powerplant. On the 22nd and 25th she headed southeast, actually crosssing the border on Christmas Day for a visit to Little Galloo Island. It is likely that she spent some of her time on the larger Galloo Island, home of the first lighthouse erected on Lake Ontario.

Quest Likes Shores and Shoals

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Quest Map December 2-11

When Quest isn’t basking in the luxury of the Lennox Power station it appears she has a penchant for the shoals. Her recent locations have been centered on a spot over Lake Ontario, right on the border line between the US and Canada.

It turns out there’s an old lighthouse there. The East Charity Shoal light is closed to the public, a perfect spot for Quest. At just shy of 60 feet, its tower must provide an unparalleled view of the surrounding water for a Peregrine on the prowl. Doubtless it’s an ideal hunting perch.

Temperature data have been sparse for Quest recently, but a couple of readings from yesterday indicate that she got a taste of the cold blast that swept in off the lake yesterday. Still, the lowest temperature we recieved was 8.92°C, which is downright toasty compared to the below zero air temperatures recorded in the area. So it looks like Quest should be able to shrug off the winter weather like the seasoned falcon she’s become.

RFC Makes The Grade With Children’s Book

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Hot off the presses is the new book “Peregrine’s Sky” by author and naturalist Consie Powell. Ms. Powell has written and illustrated an engaging story that chronicles the life cycle of our favorite falcon species from nest selection and courtship all the way through hatching and fledging.

“Peregrine’s Sky” is filled with beautiful illustrations of peregrine life that fans of the Rochester Falconcam will instantly recognize. The author used the Rochester Falconcam as one of the sources for both her illustrations and the information presented in her book. An especially thoughtful touch can be found in the dedication To Mariah and Kaver.

Suitable for children of all ages, “Peregrine’s Sky” is available for purchase from the Western National Parks Association.

Seeking Quest at Lennox Power Station

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Recently some of Quest’s fans took a road trip north from Rochester to visit the Lennox power station, and to try their luck at spotting Quest. Our “bionic bird” was a no-show, but Rochester Falconcam team member Carol Phillips put together a photographic journal that provides a good look at the area Quest is calling home these days.

You can view Carol’s album HERE.

Quest Visiting Family at End of November?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Quest Map End of November 2009
Click the map for a larger view

Just when we think Quest may have settled into a pattern she throws yet another specto subitus moment at us. With few exceptions, she’s been sticking close to the Lennox power station, no doubt content to feast on the plentiful prey in the surrounding wetland and on the Lake Ontario shore. But on the final day of November, she decided to wing her way up the St. Lawrence Seaway to the town of Ogdensburg, NY. You may recall that back in April we learned that Sabrina, from Mariah and Kaver’s 2006 brood, had taken residence in a nest box on the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge. Two strong signals on the morning of the 30th place Quest within one mile (1.6 km) of the bridge. Could she have been paying a visit to her brother?

Did you catch that? Yep, we said brother. It’s not a typo. Courtesy of June Summers comes word that the folks monitoring the nest box on the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge witnessed mating between our Sabrina and the other resident female, with Sabrina in the male role. June attended a recent state-wide Audubon Society conference where she recieved the news. She also learned that Sabrina/Valiant and his mate produced one eyas this year which unfortunately did not survive. So our supposition that Sabrina is a male has been verified, and it looks like a name change is in order!