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No Hatches In Rochester, But Legacy Continues

If you’ve been watching the cameras at the Times Square building or following the recent reports from our fledge watchers, then you know that after 44 days of incubation, Beauty and Archer began disposing of the eggs in their nest box. All of the eggs turned out to be unviable. At the same time, watchers have reported that Unity has not been incubating her eggs for over a week. So at this time it seems unlikely that we’ll have any eyases in Rochester this summer.

It is possible that Beauty and Archer could begin laying a new clutch of eggs. It’s unusual for Peregrines to double-clutch, but it’s not unheard of. As for Unity, it’s anyone’s guess what she’ll do. Undoubtedly the stress of having their nest sites relatively close together, combined with Archer splitting his time between both nests, contributed to this less-than-desirable outcome.

While we wait to see what will happen here, the Rochester peregrine falcon legacy continues a couple of hours north in Toronto, Canada. Rhea Mae (b. 2006) and her mate Tiago are raising four eyases. They were recently banded by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Rochester Falconcam team member Carol Phillips attended the banding and took plenty of pictures of the happy event. Not too far away, her sister Linn (b. 2007) and mate Ruben are raising 3 young eyases. And after settling down earlier this year, our cyber-falcon Quest (b. 2008) has been incubating a single egg which just hatched within the past day or two. You can see more pictures of Quest, Kendal and their new eyas HERE.

So even though things haven’t gone the way we’d like in Rochester, there’s plenty of good news this year for falcons that were hatched right here.

7 Responses to “No Hatches In Rochester, But Legacy Continues”

  1. Maureen in MA Says:

    Yes, plenty of good news for M&K’s legacy!! 😀

  2. Maureen in MA Says:

    Thank you for the post, and the pictures. They are all greatly appreciated!!

  3. margaret Says:

    So much good news, and so many good reports and pictures you have shared, MAK.
    And now we wait with our breaths held to see the next episode of “Falcon Quest”.
    Something tells me there is more to come this year….

  4. Maureen in MA Says:

    “Falcon Quest”…. Love it! 😀

  5. Alison Says:

    I have been looking for current maps of Quest’s whereabouts – even though we have eyewitness accounts, we do not know how far afield she might range now that the eyas has fledged so successfully. Although she was still wearing the transmitter as of July 13th, the latest map I can find is from April. Did we run out of satellite time?

  6. Alison Says:

    Is Jesse on vacation?

  7. Shaky Says:

    We have not run out of satellite time, and we are still receiving email updates on Quest’s location although not as often as we used to.

    Given the interval between satellite observations and the relatively large radius of uncertainty for each observation, it is not possible to determine if Quest is ranging any farther now than she was before Harlequin fledged. If and when her location moves significantly away from the North York area, the map will be updated.

    The Jess who normally posts on Imprints has been busy with other matters this summer.

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