Detroit Falcons - 2003

Judy Yerkey has been kind enough to send us a number of photos of the Detroit area Peregrine Falcons. As many of you know already, Judy has been working with the Peregrine Reintroduction program in Detroit for many years now. More of her photos will probably appear here in the future.

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The Toledo Falcon says Hi! Really Bad Feather Day Sez Al Daddy Cinder Guarding

Click here to see the January 2003 edition of Peregrine Prattle. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Just added - the September 2003 edition of Peregrine Prattle. Also, here is a letter from Judy to her subscribers and supporters around the country. I've been assured that Judy will continue to monitor the falcons in the future and that new issues of Peregrine Prattle will be available on this web site in the future.


The New Brood.

4 June Update:

Several Macomb Audubon members shared that they made it to the banding on May 28'th. By all accounts it was an amazing experience, and well worth the trip. Today Judy sent this photo of the four young falcons, taken when the new rails were installed at the New Center box. You can see the adult off behind them, keeping a close eye.

Judy says:

The gang looks healthy (eh?). While they were in the carrier for Ernie Kafcas to install the rails, ScoutToo had flipped on his back and was kicking Freedom! (just like little brothers (eh?)!


Brook Grounded - click to see full sized picture                            Brook Flies! - click to see full sized picture                            Flitie - click to see full sized picture

25 June Update:

The falcons from the Monroe site have fledged! Above are thumbnail pictures of Brook and Flitie, two of the three fledglings. Click on the small picture to see the larger photo and Judy's comments.


You flap and I'll wave my wing, sis. - click to see full sized picture                        Gimme that scrap of food! - click to see full sized picture                        Let's play follow the leader! - click to see full sized picture

4 July Update

Here are a few more pictures from Judy. Click on the small picture to see the full sized photo. Below are Judy's comments about Kil-So-Quah, the female peregrine at the River Rouge site.

Kil-So-Quah means Sun Woman in the Miami tribe language! (KSQ is the female at the River Rouge site). She was wild produced in Ft. Wayne, IN 1998. She was named by the building manager (a native American) for an actual woman living in the Ft. Wayne area in late 1800-early 1900s. Her father was a Miami Chief! KSQ the peregrine’s uncle is Leopold (wp -Columbus OH 95) at the Monroe site (her daddy’s brother, Roosevelt). How Cool! I try to “trace” the parentage/subspecies on all the banded peregrines that show-up here. KSQ is Pealei/anatum.


                           Well? Is it time yet? - click to see full sized picture                           Peek-a-boo! Says Gismed - click to see full sized picture

10 July Update

Once again, click on the small picture to see the full sized photo. Below are Judy's comments:

This is the youngest of the young produced this year at the Fisher Building (New Center site). She is Gismed (Named by a Girl Scout for the Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit). She had made a successful 1st flight 25 June, but “ran-out-of-steam” on her 2nd flight. Dave Hogan, (Master Falconer, “Rehabber”) returned her today, 10 July for release. She flew just fine across the boulevard to the MDOT Building roof. Mom, Sammy F and dad, “Hunnie” are taking good care of her and her siblings!

Judy


Once again, click on the small picture to see the full sized photo.

Tom is just about ready to go!                            He's airborne! He's airborne!

22 July Update

The mystery is solv-ed (“Jacque Clousseau “Pink Panther”)

The pair at the Book Building nested in mid-March. I was not able to read either of their bands. Both wore a black over green on their left legs/purple on their right). The pair always sat just out of range of the scope to read the characters inscribed on the bands.

I had wondered why the 1'st nesting at the Book Building had failed. The peregrines re-nested across at the SBC in the window well of the vent (17th floor – long "cathedral-type" windows). (It is the second window from your left as you are facing the building). Neither showed bands from that re-nest (at SBC) day on!

A couple of weeks ago, the mother got up on the ledge of the nest well after feeding her 2 young (1boy/1 girl). Her colour band was showing. It was a black/red, however, I could not read the characters (the top, black looked like it had a sideways number). Uh-ooh! She looked (size/markings) like the Toledo falcon who had showed-up at the Whittier in 2000 (chased out by Sunrise). She appeared at the Book Building last fall, then, disappeared in March. The falcon flew off, circled then landed on a scaffold support above the eyrie (nest). This was directly across from the Book Building window I was using. The band was marked: 3 (sideways)/V (upright). Without having to look it up – I knew that was the Toledo Falcon!. I will bet a $1.00 to a doughnut that she deposed of the (black/green band) female and “re-took” the territory! Still can’t read the band of the daddy peregrine, nor, see his markings that good (sits with his back to me – just out of scope range).

The Toledo Falcon's photo is the 1'st large one on your left at the top of this page (she is looking over her shoulder).

Judy

23 July Update

My “inner-voice” told me to “camp-out” at the Book Building today. It paid off. The young unbanded male, “Tom” fledged at 11:16 A.M.! He followed his mom off the ledge, then, she “escorted” him to the low-rise of the Book Building.

This daddy (unidentified banded tiercel) is guarding him while mom, (the Toledo Falcon) is watching her daughter, “Sissee” to fledge. She is at least, 3 days younger than “Tom”! (Note: “name” denotes the bird is unbanded)

Judy

29 July Update

1. The Toledo Falcon, now, has a name. She was named by Dave Scott, OHDNR -Sara (for the recently retired Information Officer, SaraJean Peters!

2. Thursday, 24 July, (early evening), the young Book Bldg. site female, "Sissie" fledged! "Tom" and "Sissie" are doing just fine!

Judy


I have been spending most of my time at the Book Building site since I resumed observations Wednesday, 22 October following the foot surgery. (Tom Allenson, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers at the McNamara Building had e-mailed me after seeing 3 peregrines at the Book Building area last week).

Hooray! I can actually stand at the scope and walk around the blocks without that "Medieval-torture-boot-pain"!!!!

I will check the Power Plants next week, however, the Book site will be my "priority" until I can determine that only the adults are present!

Book Building site: The unbanded female fledgling, "Sissie" is still there with her parents, Sara (wp) Commodore Perry Motor Inn,Toledo, OH 1999 (b/r)=*3/V (purple USFW))=1807-61939 and her mate (b/g) ?/? purple USFW!

New Center: Sammy F (wp) WEBCO P.P. Oak Creek WI, Chicago IL 2000 (b/g) = O/*S (purple USFW)=1807-69726 and her unbanded mate, "Hunnie" remain.

Whittier: The loving couple, Sunrise, (h) Cincinnati, OH, (b) 55R (silver USFW)=1807-20475 and her mate, Allegro (b/g) V/G (purple USFW)=2206-35776, are still together at this site!

Judy


You can contact Judy Yerkey by e-mail at anatumfalcon@nemichigan.com.

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