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

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

6 Responses to “Quest is Transmitter Free! and She Has a New Suitor!”

  1. kathy from toronto Says:

    I’m so relieved the transmitter fell off. I was always afraid it would get caught on something and result in an injury so this is great news.

  2. MAK Says:

    Phew! She finally is free of it! πŸ™‚

  3. Ginny Says:

    I’m glad it’s off too.
    What a pretty little girl she was as a juvie and such a gorgeous adult now β™₯

  4. Carol P. Says:

    Free at last! :d

  5. Alison in Indiana Says:

    They had wanted to recover the vest and transmitter to reuse it, I recall. Guess that will not be possible now. Even if Quest has lost Skye, she still is a Lucky lady. πŸ™‚

  6. Carol P. Says:

    “They had wanted to recover the vest and transmitter to reuse it, I recall.”

    They sure did Alison. Hey, you never know. Maybe someday, someone will find a tiny magenta vest with an antenna sticking out of it. πŸ˜‰

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