Archive for December, 2014

Ringing in the New Year on Rfalconcam

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

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Join us December 31st at 10 PM ET on streaming video Channels 1 and 2 to watch the fireworks over downtown Rochester from a bird’s eye view!

We’ll be meeting again later at the Forum Chat & Ustream Social Stream to ring in the New Year together!

And let’s not forget the Watcher’s Toast New Year’s Day at 12 noon, which will be covered live on Rfalconcam streaming video Channel 3!

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Quest is Transmitter Free! and She Has a New Suitor!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

We have received some very good news from our friends at the Canadian Peregrine Foundation. Quest no longer has her transmitter. Rfalconcam Forum member Donna Cook was able to capture some pictures of Quest taken by the Harlequin falcon cameras. She immediately noticed that something was missing. The transmitter antenna we were so used to seeing on her back was gone. She shared the pictures with other members of the forum and members of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation (CPF).

Quest Minus Transmitter 12-20-14 – Picture of Quest from the Harlequin Falconcam

Many thanks to Donna and CPF Member, Bruce Massey, who positively identified that it was Quest at the Don Mills nest site and that she no longer had her transmitter! Here is Bruce’s report.

Quest Has Shed Her Transmitter and On Site with a Potential New Suitor
December 21, 2014 – Toronto – Don Mills

Bruce Massey Reports:

With the nest camera back online and showing us views of the adult peregrines active around the site, I decided to venture out to do a quick check in. One of the most conspicuous things about Quest these days is that in the camera shots taken of her at the box, the antenna of her transmitter could not be seen at all. I set out to try and confirm whether the female was Quest and if she was now backpack free.

I found her in and around the nest box soaking up the sun and with my scope was able to get excellent looks at her back. I can say without doubt that the backpack harness and transmitter she has been wearing for the past several years is no longer there. Quest was looking quite fabulous, all her feathers sitting neatly preened across her back and chest. I was also able to confirm her recovery band number as Black 96 over Green V as she sat sunbathing. The male was also quite active in the area and the two met at the box a number of times bowing and vocalizing together. I set the scope on the male and turned my attention to the task of confirming his identity.

He spent a great deal of time up on the Harlequin building sitting in the sun and I waited for him to do some stretching and reveal the look I was seeking. At first glance I was able to only see the USFW band and it was covered in blue tape. This was not consistent with Skye, the male that was with Quest this past nest season. I continued to watch and finally got the look that I was waiting for. The band number that I could clearly see was a solid Black Y over 72 with blue tape which turns out to be a bird hatched in 2013 at the Amexon nest site named Lucky.

We are unsure when this change took place and where Skye is currently. We will have to wait until spring to clearly understand whether Lucky or Skye will be Quest’s mate for the 2015 nesting season.

Posted on December 21, 2014 10:53 pm

Here are some images of a young Quest with her transmitter in 2008. She did a lot of wandering her first year and made lots of friends, especially in Nantucket and Cape Cod.

Quest and Here Siblings 6-14-08John Kaar Quest in Nantucket 2008Quest Taken by Edie Ray NantucketE Vernon Laux Pic of Quest in Nantucket 2008

2014 Rfalconcam Ornaments Available at Our Zazzle Store!

Friday, December 12th, 2014

For the holidays, we are offering four new Rfalconcam ornaments. Each ornament features two images of our young falcons hatched this year in 2014; Nettie, Tesh, Mercury and Nor’easter.

2014 RFalconcam Ornaments

We hope that you enjoy these ornaments. As always, we thank you for your support of Rfalconcam.

Here are the links for all four ornaments.

Nettie:
http://www.zazzle.com/2014_nettie_ornament-175645792723121663

Tesh:
http://www.zazzle.com/2014_tesh_ornament-175122884672431314

Mercury:
http://www.zazzle.com/2014_mercury_ornament-175940804421380264

Nor’easter:
http://www.zazzle.com/2014_noreaster_ornament-175092420510225340

ROC the Day: Another Success

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Thanks once again to the generosity of our dedicated falcon followers, we raised nearly $2,500 yesterday, including two bonuses totaling $1,500 that were earned by carrying out our time-honored plan to donate en masse between midnight and 1 am in order to increase our chances of winning.

ROC the Day officials will send us a list of donors sometime next week and a full financial statement in February, at which point we will know who to thank individually. Until then, thank you to everyone who donated. Your contributions will be used to fund Rfalconcam operations and improvements throughout 2015.

ROC the Day Starts Tonight at Midnight

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Just a reminder to join us tonight at midnight as we ROC Rfalconcam!

And, yes, we have a plan to win the $500 and $1,000 bonuses. You can read all about it at http://rfalconcam.com/forum/index.php?topic=13907.0.

The link to donate should be https://www.roctheday.org/rfalconcam (no confirmation yet).

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