Jemison Looking Good In Her Flight Cage

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As we reported previously reported, Jemison’s recovery has been going very well. She’s been moved to a larger flight cage so that she can exercise her wings in preparation for an eventual release. The rehab specialist taking care of Jemison says that she continues to be feisty and she takes lots of baths in the water bowl provided for her!

We don’t yet know when Jemison will be ready to be released, but we do know that she won’t be released back here in Rochester. The biologists at the DEC have determined that Jemison’s safety could be jeopardized if she’s released in Rochester because so much time has passed since she was injured and taken away. It’s likely that by now Archer and Beauty wouldn’t recognize Jemison if she were returned here. If the adults were to treat her as an intruder she could be re-injured or at least forced out of the territory under unfriendly circumstances. We know everyone was hoping for a different outcome, but releasing Jemison away from Rochester will give her the best chance for safely making it through these next few months, which are crucial to her development into a full-fledged adult. We’re in close contact with the rehabber and the DEC so we’ll make sure to get more information as it becomes available.

Jemison’s release is still some way off though, so in the meantime here are a couple more pictures with those beautiful falcon wings outstretched…

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30 Responses to “Jemison Looking Good In Her Flight Cage”

  1. Donna says:

    She’s as beautiful as ever and I wish her a speedy recovery. Be nice if they could hook her up with a transmitter. That could be a funding issue. Would love to know where she would go after release. Be well dear sweet Jemison. <3

  2. DEBBIE says:

    She is definetly one beautiful falcon, lover her face. What are her actual chances of survival once she is released without the training she would have gotten from Archer and Beauty? I wish our little Jemison a speedy recovery, she is so sweet and beautiful, we miss watching her in the skies of Rochester.

  3. Jess says:

    @ Donna- funding issues aside, we’ve heard that the DEC doesn’t like putting transmitters on formerly injured birds. They’d rather use transmitters on the strongest, healthiest falcons.

    @Debbie- Jemison’s chances for survival should be roughly the same as other falcons her age once she’s released. Believe it or not, young falcons can learn to hunt completely independent of parental tutelage. We’re working to find out what training, if any, she’ll receive prior to her release and we’ll let everyone know.

  4. carla says:

    Good to hear Jemison is doing so well, and the fun she has bathing in the cage.I feel sad about her and at the same time I trust the rehabbers to do what’s best for Jemison.Thanks.Greetings Carla

  5. Joyce says:

    After having read the chances of collision with buildings, and the success of recovery, I am so glad Jemison is getting the time needed to mature and gain strength. Please thank the rehabber and/or DEC who shared photos with us. We all appreciate the follow up. It means a lot to know how s/he is doing.

  6. MAK says:

    Although I’m disappointed that I’ll never see Jemison again, I’m happy to know he is doing well. Not only is he named after a relative of mine on my mothers’ side (Seneca indian in her blood) but I really bonded with him that morning in front of the Rochester Plaza Hotel. I’ll never forget how I felt when I looked into those big,bright eyes! May he fly free again and stay safe.

  7. Kathie says:

    I know she was an adult when released from rehab in Syracuse, but didn’t Mariah fly back to Rochester on her own?

  8. Pirkko says:

    What a beauty she is! Along with everyone else, I hope Jemison will soon be strong enough to be released. Still, I worry. In the meantime, I hope that “swimming pool” is big enough for our beautiful girl to cool off. Thank you for taking such good care of her and for reporting on her progress.

  9. Madonna says:

    She is so beautiful! I have now fallen in love with falcons. I’m so thankful to God and the rehabber for taking such good care of her. Thanks for the updates and the wonderful pictures.
    this is one lucky falcon …. to have so many that care. Hope there will be a way to follow her progress once she is released. Thanks to everyone involved!

  10. Wendy says:

    Is the first (top) picture an old one? The shoulder is definitely looking like it is still much lower than the other.

  11. Alison says:

    Our current crop of falcons east of the Mississippi are decended from falcons who were “hacked” into the wild – that is, they were eyases from falconers released from “hacking boxes” and they learned to fend for themselves without the benefit of wild parents to show them the ropes. The recovery of falcons all up and down the continent shows how successful falcons are at performing those tasks that they need to do to survive even without demonstrations by adults.

  12. ~Sage~ says:

    It’s understandable if the rehabber would fear a bad reaction from the parents. Smells may be different now too.

    Good wishes and big kisses to beautiful Jemi forever!

  13. Maureen in MA says:

    All very hopeful news. Thank you for the update on Jemison, and the great pictures! And thank you to everyone there dedicated to the care of these gorgeous birds! :)

  14. chicki says:

    All great news (and adorable pics) for Jemison, albeit a wee bit sad for us mere humans and our emotions. If there is anything I/we can do to help with her recovery and release needs, please keep us posted. Thanks so much for all that is being done!

  15. Erma says:

    How about releasing Jemison in Letchworth?

  16. kinderkids says:

    Thank you for the update on Jemison…she is beautiful! I’m so glad that she is recovering so well and remaining feisty!

  17. Maureen in MA says:

    What’s the latest on Callidora and her ‘training’? I haven’t seen a post in awhile on her, unless I missed it. Are they all still in the area, Callidora, Beauty, and Archer?

  18. ei says:

    @Kathie-Mariah was released in Montezuma NWR and flew back to Rochester within 2 days.

    @Maureen-most of the posts are on the forum up above. Callidora visited the nest box the other day-video is on youtube at
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LciSVC6rOGk

  19. Maureen in MA says:

    @ei – Thanks.

  20. Alison says:

    ~Sage~, Falcons do not give a hoot and a hollar about smell, they have a pretty bad sense of smell – which is why they have no problems sitting in their scrape with rotting bird bits around them. Indeed, most birds do not smell much, which is why one should try to return baby birds to their nests when one finds one on the ground. Mammels are different.

  21. DEBBIE says:

    How come nobody has posted anything in the Falcon watch section since the end of July, isn’t that what that is for? It is a lot easier to look in there and see what is new with Cali, Archer and Beauty. I am not to found of the foum at all, too hard to find current information in there.

  22. Carol P. says:

    @DEBBIE – The Watchers have been very busy Watching. :-) We’ve been leaving Tweets under the Falcon Watch section with daily updates on what we’re seeing. So be sure to visit the Forum for up-to-date news under the Falcon Watch area.

  23. Alison says:

    Could we have a wrap-up or even a simple listing of the day’s tweets (which I find pretty cryptic sometimes) on the FalconWatch Blog?

  24. Carol P. says:

    @Alison – Cryptic? I can’t imagine everyone doesn’t know what OCSR and TS and well you get the idea. The only problem with tweets is that you can only leave a very short message, can’t remember how many characters. But tweets are great. You can do them from the field as you’re seeing something happen. I’ll try to do that and expand a bit on the cryptic stuff. :-)

  25. Alison says:

    You have 140 characters, Carol P. Short cuts are necessary. BUT the watchers have, as all groups who work togther over a long period of time, a shorthand way of talking that is sometimes difficult for outsiders to understand. Think legalize or stock brokers, or doctors. Most of us on the blogs are likely to be “outsiders”.

  26. DEBBIE says:

    Well I hate this way. The watches that were posted were nice and easy to get to and keep up with going into the forum I have now way of nowing what is going on or even if any of the falcons are still around. Reading the posts in the Falcon watch section was the greatest way of getting very good information the tweets give a quick blurp and that is it and i can’t go on there while at work. So I guess I won’t bother checking in on the family any more.

  27. Kathy @ High Falls says:

    @ Carol P.-”You can please some of the people…”. We appreciate all that you do. I’ve pretty much been stalking this year due to work load, but have not missed a post.

  28. Carol P. says:

    Thanks Kathy! Glad to hear that you’re still with us. :-)

  29. Alison says:

    Thank-you for the updating post in FalconWatch.

  30. DEBBIE says:

    Yes thank you for the update in Falconwatch, much easier to get to and get information