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Happy New Year’s Tidings from Canada!

Linn with prey
Photos courtesy of Jim Pisello

Our friends at the Canadian Peregrine Foundation have delivered some terrific news. Linn, last of the 2007 offspring to fledge, has been identified by her leg band defending a possible nesting site in Scarborough, Ontario Canada! Here’s the information we just received from Mark Nash of the CPF:

Hello All,
We have finally been able to get a positive identification on one of the two Pefa’s that have been calling this neck of the woods home for the past months. On Dec. 31st/2007, one of the CPF volunteers – Bruce Massey’s efforts paid off, and he was able to positively confirm the band number of the Pefa now calling the Bell building at Pharmacy and Eglinton her turf. This is the same building that we used for this past summers hack of four orphaned peregrine chicks that came to us from Quebec.

It is confirmed that we have a juvenile female – 91 over V – holding (and protecting) this territory, and its Linn from Rochester 2007!! She still [has] her red tape over the Silver USFW band.

Linn has been exhibiting very territorial behavior – (as she has been observed defending the Bell building on three different occasions over the past two weeks) while chasing off the local red-tails as they fly over and around of the Bell building.

She can be seen regularly roosting on the Bell building, – next to the hack box, and seems to be calling the building her own – (at least for the time being). She is no longer is being observed on the Water storage tank at Warden and Eglinton, as we pass both these places daily as we go into the CPF head office.

Sadly, we have not seen the adult male that was hanging around with her when she was roosting on the Water storage tank.


Mark Nash


The Canadian Peregrine Foundation

Linn on Pont de Rennes Bridge

When last we saw Linn, she was on the move west of Rochester at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. It looks like she was just waiting to make a right hand turn for a northerly flight over Lake Ontario. We’re grateful to Mark and all the dedicated staff at CPF for their work, and we’re looking forward to hearing more about Linn in the coming months!


5 Responses to “Happy New Year’s Tidings from Canada!”

  1. Carol P. Says:

    Wonderful news about Linn! Thanks Jess! Many thanks to Mark Nash and especially to Bruce M who spent many hours trying to get a good view of Linn’s bands. From what I heard, it wasn’t easy! It seems that Linn is following the same path that her sister, Rhea Mae took last year. – Carol P.

  2. jeanne Says:

    This is such wonderful news! Our girl!

  3. dale Says:

    What spectacular news!!! Thanks to everyone involved!

  4. mary freeman dove Says:

    WOW, that’s absolutely wonderful news!
    The “hack box” looks more like a “hack fortress” to me, perfect for Linn as a potential “new mom.” Mebbe it reminds her of her Kodak birthplace– three walls and far above the surrounding hunting grounds.
    Kudos to all involved in making this happen!

  5. Alison in Austria Says:

    And we used to think Peregrine Falcons flew south to happier hunting grounds in the winter!
    What fun to read about the exchange of population. Cabot-Sirocco (may his little soul fly free) came down from Canada to Rochester and now two females have flown over the border to return the call.

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