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Canada banding and falcon watch 5-23/24-12

By Rochester falcon watcher MAK

Let me just start by saying this was the best falcon fun I’ve had to date. From seeing some tandem flying at the Burlington bridge to holding a real live eyas while it got banded to watching a couple of fierce moms defend their nest and seeing one of my favorite pefas- Quest again. Holy flying falcon I had the time of my life and I owe Joyce a great big thank you for taking me with her for this adventure.

We started out Wednesday morning for the Burlington Bridge banding at 10:00am. The resident pair-Cirrus and MacKenzie were both present and in defense of their nest site as Mark Nash placed a board between them and the banding crew.

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These two gave quite the show and quite a start to our trip! Our next stop was the Sheraton in downtown Toronto where we saw Rhea Mae and Tiago sitting on the ledge 43 stories up and inside at the banding Joyce got to hold Marlee, the first male to be banded. We also met up with Kathy, Dana and Carol who rode up together.

Two males named Marlee and Cosmo and two females named Journey and Fef were banded at this site. The 5 of us Rochester falcon watchers decided to go see Quest when we left the Sheraton. Joyce and I arrived a little before the rest to find Quest on top of the Harlequinn building keeping an eye on her babies across the street in the nest box. Kendal didn’t show up until much later when Joyce and I returned to the site after going for a bite to eat. The other ladies had left for home and missed him.

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This was the end of day one for Joyce and I as we got a hotel room across the street from the Yellow Pages building where Linn and Reuben reside. In the morning we were lucky enough to see both pefas present and a food exchange made.We didn’t spend much time with them for we had to get to the Canada Square site for their banding at 10:00am. Traffic was horrendous as usual in and around Toronto and we were almost an hour late but lucked out as they were just getting ready to go up and extract the eyasses from the roof. Mark Nash had brought a nest box to place up there as they were nesting on the roofΒ  without the benefit of a proper home. We watched from about 6 feet away as Haven(named by CPF) the unbanded female did her best to defend her babies and nest. Wow what a show we got here as well!There weren’t many people at this banding and what a surprise when Marion Nash called out MAK would you like to hold an eyas? Are you kidding me? Of course I would, and so I held Solar whilst he got banded.After this banding we left for the next one in Etobicoke at the Sunlife building where Jack( dad to Dot.ca) and new female replacing Angel the infamous O’Connor reside. We caught one brief glimpse of him as the males usually don’t get involved with protection during banding festivities. They protect the territory and leave the nest to the females and in this case left it in good hands or shall I say talons. O’Connor proved to be just as fierce and fiesty as Tracy described her on many occasions. She pulled a net out of the hand of Mark Nash and thumped a guy on duty twice on the top and back of his head. He should have been wearing a hard hat so that he wouldn’t have lost any blood from the experience. Sheesh! Kathy known to us on the forum as Carly a regular watcher at this site said she heard him yell OW! all the way down on the street some 200 ft.


There were 3 females and 1 male for this site and one heck of a show put on by Miss O’Connor, who by the way is quite big and beautiful!


After helping MarkΒ  and Marion load their equipment into their car we said our goodbyes and left for the states. Joyce wanted to check the Niagara Gorge before it got dark on our way home. Unfortunately the mist from the falls and the lack of light made for very poor camera conditions but we did see the babies and 1 adult in the scrape. All together on this 2 day excursion Joyce and I saw 13 adults and 22 eyasses for a whopping grand total of 35 Peregrine Falcons. I’d say that’s enough to make anyone smile! πŸ™‚

There’s many pics in 2 albums and many short videos from this trip so make some popcorn and click on the links below


19 Responses to “Canada banding and falcon watch 5-23/24-12”

  1. Brenda Says:

    What an experience for you MAK, lots of pefas in Canada with new names and bands that may come across the border some day. Pics are fab, glad you shared them with the rest of us, thanks.

  2. margaret Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. Great pictures of all the babies, and what a thrill for you and Joyce to hold the young’uns! Thanks for a great report.

  3. MAK Says:

    Brenda and Margaret I’m very happy to be able to share with everyone! πŸ™‚

  4. bev. Says:

    great report. I just love that we keep seeing the success of Mariah and Kyver
    How wonderland for you all.
    thanks for sharing.

  5. Ginny Says:

    Hi MAK!
    I loved this report! How lucky you and Joyce were to hold EYASES !!! I wouldn’t want to give them up LOL if I had the chance to hold them β™₯ They are beautiful….
    Since I am at work I can’t watch the videos until later…I will look forward to it πŸ™‚
    Thank you!!!

  6. Karen Lang Says:

    What a wonderful time you had. Thanks for sharing with us. πŸ™‚

  7. Amy V. Says:

    Good for you, MAK! Can you cross “holding an eyas” off your bucket list now? *smiling*

  8. Joyce Says:

    15 videos MAK…Whew! Yes we were lucky to have that opportunity. CPF tells everyone that holds an eyas that we can’t take them home. Phooey! You never know…maybe one of these chicks will pay us a visit in a couple of years or sooner.

    bev. – you’re too funny still calling Kaver…Kyver. Amy – that’s off my bucket list. Up close and personal, nothing like it.

  9. MAK Says:

    Teehee, I don’t have a bucket list but if I did, holding an eyas would definitely be on it and checked off! Yes Joycie whew indeed! Those videos kept me up until nearly 4:00am this morning waiting for them to upload! I totally had the best time with all the pefas in Canada. I’ll never forget it! πŸ™‚

  10. Kathy Says:

    MAK, thanks for the great report and I am so excited for you being able to hold that little one. What a great reward for all of your appreciated dilligence and efforts!!! All wonderful and happy news!!!!

  11. Ginny Says:

    MAK! I just watched all your great videos!
    Thank you! I loved them….they really made me smile πŸ™‚

  12. Debbie H. Says:

    OMG MAK!!!! How cool! Great pic and videos. I’m sooooooo jealous! Thanks for sharing!

  13. MAK Says:

    It makes me so happy to share with all of you! I only wish y’all could be right there with me! πŸ™‚

  14. Braveheart2665 Says:

    Awesome report MAK ! No wonder we get so many Canadian falcons here w/ all those Eyas. Those were pretty cute little ones you & Joyce were holding, musta been just the neatest thing. Thanks so much for sharing all your great photos & boy am I sure glad to have my laptop back to I can look at them.

  15. Maureen in MA Says:

    What an experience! MAK looks so proud!! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your awesome experience with us!!! πŸ˜€

  16. MAK Says:

    You are very welcome Linda and Maureen. πŸ™‚

  17. Lynda McPartland Says:

    I should say so! Holy FlyingFalcons! I am jealous! So happy for everyone that made the trip. Sure hope I could go next year! Keep on posting ! I thank u again! Only Lynda

  18. BIGFRANK Says:

    Great report, photos and video. O’Connor is one kick butt girl. Mr MNR was very surprised about the net and glad he wasnt on the swingstage. Hope to see you lot on your next visit.

  19. MAK Says:

    Lynda I’m shocked to see a comment from you but very happy! lol Hopefully you can break free to get to Canada with us again. I believe we are going up for Linn and Reubens banding on June 8 if you are interested. And Big Frank I hope Tracy got to see her girl O’Connor on my video. Hope to see you next time as well! It wasn’t the same without seeing you and Tracy! πŸ™‚

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