Archive for September, 2011

A Quick Quest Update

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

For those of you that have been wondering where Quest is, we continue to receive weekly transmitter readings from our DEC friends.

Quest remains very close to her nestsite in North York (Ontario, Canada) usually within a mile. It will be very interesting to see what she does. Will she stay there or will she return to her wintering spots on the north side of Lake Ontario? Stay tuned!

So, What’s Been Happening This Summer?

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

There hasn’t been much to report, but here’s a quick summary of what’s been happening this summer . Although there were no young fledglings to watch, the Rochester Falcon Watchers have been busy keeping an eye on the two nest sites here in Rochester, NY. Beauty remains in the downtown area, and is seen frequently on camera at the nest box on the Times Square building. Unity is seen almost daily at Kodak Park. Currently, Archer seems to prefer the company of Beauty and the downtown area, but is seen periodically with Unity. The Watchers will continue to report their sightings.

The Rochester Falcon Legacy continues to grow. Three of Mariah & Kaver’s daughters successfully nested in Ontario, Canada.

Rhea Mae (2006) & Tiago at the Sheraton, Downtown Toronto. There were four successful fledges this year. Sunshine (female) was first to fledge and she did extremely well. It wasn’t long before she was chasing Rhea Mae and Tiago around the high rise buildings that surround the Toronto Sheraton. The Canadian Peregrine Foundation (CPF) volunteers were quite amazed by her flight skills. Next came William (male), Kate (female) and Cinnamon (male) . Sadly William and Kate did not make it. But, Sunshine and Cinnamon are still seen on camera now and then.

Linn (2007) & Reuben at the Scarborough/Yellow Pages nest site successfully raised three eyases named Rhiannon (female), Jet (male) and Striker (male). All fledged successfully. Many reports and pictures have come in showing how well these three have been doing.

Quest (2008) & Kendal at the Toronto/Don Mills nest site. Happily Quest has finally settled down from her wanderings. She and Kendal chose the building across from Harlequin Romance headquarters. The folks at Harlequin took the young Peregrine couple into their hearts. They contacted Mark Nash of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation when they first arrived. Mark and the CPF folks quickly sprang into action and a new nest tray was installed. Quest seemed quite familiar with the nest tray, and laid one egg, after losing her first egg on the ledge. Harlequin set-up a camera and pointed it at the nest tray. Falcon fans around the world witnessed the young eyas named Harlequin aka Harlie, break out of her shell and grow into a beautiful fledgling. Quest, Kendal and Harlequin continue to visit the nest tray.

We are very thankful to Mark Nash and all the folks from CPF who take such good care of our girls. We applaud their efforts and special thanks to the volunteer Watchers who put in so many hours watching the young fledglings take their first flights. Also, thanks to the Harlequin folks who made Quest, Kendal and Harlequin a part of their family. Thank you all.

One more thing. Yes, Quest still has her transmitter. We’re not quite sure how much longer it will remain on her. I do believe her transmitter readings are still being received, but of course they are currently all from the same area.