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Lily the Stowaway

Lily hitches a ride
Photo courtesy of Canadian Peregrine Foundation
From Linda Woods comes word of a little adventure for Lily, one of Rhea Mae’s daughters who recently fledged at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto, Ontario Canada. Apparently Lily thought it would be fun to take a bus trip, as Linda reports…

At around 9:00 a.m. Lily took off from her window sill at the Keg area and headed east through the pedestrian court. Knowing that’s short flight, I found her on the ground, but there was lots of open space and she immediately took off a second time flying low, heading north and towards the Richmond St. Her flight was low and flew just over the skylights of the court area.

I was thinking she may do the “bat thing on the wall of the Sheraton, she instead landed on the roof of a High- way Coach. I immediately found the driver as he was boarding passengers and told him of his stow-away.

At first they driver was not concerned, and others did not understand the situation, but after informing them of our young birds and showing them Little Lily, they immediately gave me their full support.

Read all of the exciting story and see more photos at the Sheraton Centre observation page on the Canadian Peregrine Foundation website. It’s wonderful that Rhea Mae’s fledglings and all of the other falcons in Toronto have such caring people looking out for them!


6 Responses to “Lily the Stowaway”

  1. Donna Says:

    Glad they held the bus up for her and Mark got there in time to rescue her. Great job Linda, Mark and all who helped Lily, she’s a beauty. I hope Unity fledges well. Good luck Toronto.

  2. Brenda Says:

    Looks like Lily decided to hitch a ride instead of flying ! 🙂 What a way of “cheating” to getting around. I’m glad to see that she is alright. I’ve gotten hooked on watching these “little ones” in Toronto as much as I’ve been watching our birds in Rochester. Keep up the great work!

  3. Debbie Says:

    Wow Lily is a very beautiful falcon, how cute of her to hitch a ride, why fly. Glad to hear that Rhea Mae’s babies are fairing well also. Glad Lily is no worse for wear and they are all alright. I also love watching these little ones as much as I watch our birds in Rochester. Good job, and keep up the great work

  4. Angela Says:

    AWWWW I love that picture! Its soo cute! I wonder if she thought she was going to hitch a ride! LOL 😀

  5. Rosamund Says:

    Very classy of that bus driver and those passengers to be so patient with what must have been a lengthy delay.

  6. Carol P. Says:

    Rosamund – I dont’ think they had a choice. You’ve never met Rhea Mae’s Watcher, Linda Woods. 😉

    Linda reported that they all fell in love with young Lily when Mark showed them the little one after he scooped her up. They all ooohed and aaahed. 🙂

    I just received an email from Linda reporting that Belle, the first to fledge made it back to the 43rd floor scrape on the Sheraton Centre. So all 3 were back at the scrape last night. Let’s hope Unity fledges successfully!

    Carol P.

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