Detroit Falcons - 2006

Kariann (Reno) Anderson is back with more news about our local Peregrine Falcons. Messages will be added as the season progresses. And don't forget to check out falcon pages from the previous few years.

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March 31, 2006

Well Hello - I have some GREAT news for ya'll,

Unknown banded and Unknown un-banded: University of Detroit Mercy, confirmed on nest! You would get a glimpse of him/her on the side of the tower that faces the Engineering building.

Alpha and Unknown: Fisher Building, confirmed on nest! They went for the East dome this year!

Horus and Hathor: Mt. Clemens County Building, confirmed on nest of 3 eggs so far! They went for the South West corner this year (same floor, or same ledge structure as last year which was the NE corner).

Allegro and Mariam: Whittier, no eggs as of yet! Favoring same balcony as before.

Ann Arbor Site: We have an immature male banded black over green and an adult female unbanded still checking out the site.

As for me......contractions are 3 minutes apart and I suspect I will meet my son either tonight or tomorrow morning.

Kariann


April 18, 2006

Web Cam on our Mt. Clemens Peregrine Nest

I just wanted to pass on the website http://www.macombcountymi.gov/peregrine.

If you click on the 'Web Cam' you can watch the Peregrine Pair (Horus and Hathor) at the Mt. Clemens Site tend to their 4 eggs. Looks like Horus has become quite a good dad, he is much more content with nest relief this year - maybe 4 eggs will hatch as a result (hope, hope, hope). Julie says, he likes it so much that he didn't want to get up when Hathor came back.

If you spend some time watching on-line and you notice something interesting or unique please send your report with time and date to this e-mail address peregrine_notes@yahoo.com.

Hope ya'll are enjoying this new season!

Kariann


May 3, 2006

Fisher Building Update!

Confirmation, two little white puff balls at the Fisher building (one egg yet to hatch).

Kariann


May 7, 2006

Mt. Clemens Update

Unfortunately I believe we are down to only one egg now, Julie Champion witnessed the removal of the 3rd egg from the nest site on Saturday, May 6th. Horus was seen leaving the nest with egg fragments in his beak, we were unsure as to if this meant we have a baby or another egg had failed. The window isn't as clean as we would hope for viewing purposes and it wasn't until today that we both agree that we do not have a hatching as of yet. The peregrine pair seems rather restless at this time, not spending as much time incubating the remaining egg. I hope that we see a 'white-puff-ball' soon, but this behavior so close to the hatching date (loosing 3 eggs) doesn't look good for Mt. Clemens for a successfull year. Those of you that are watching, please let me know asap if you find out 'anything' good or bad about our peregines. I will try to investigate a bit further on Monday.

Kariann


May 13, 2006

Mt. Clemens Update

It looks like Macomb County will have to wait another year for a successful pairing of its endangered Peregrine falcons. About 8 p.m. Thursday, May 11, Hathor and Horus appeared to abandon the last remaining egg in their nest. Although Hathor, the adult female, returned to the nest on Friday morning, May 12, for about 40 minutes, she has since left the egg alone. Both Hathor and Horus, the young male, have remained in the area of the Macomb County Building and the County Administration Building in downtown Mount Clemens.

I have plans to remove the egg on Saturday (after it has been abandoned at least 24 hours). We will send the egg to the US Fish and Wildlife Toxicology Lab, where tests will occur for levels of contaminants (lead, mercury, PCBs, etc) and we will also find out if the egg was even viable in the first place.

Our Mt. Clemens Peregrine Pair initially established the nest with three eggs in late March and Hathor laid a fourth egg during the first few days of April. About April 30, two eggs disappeared from the nest and later the same week a third went missing. Still, Horus and Hathor maintained vigilance over the remaining egg until Thursday evening, May 11. Julie Champion and I both noticed on Thursday afternoon, "Displacement Behavior" - Hathor (the female) was 'Manteling' the nest (spreading her wings on either side of her body and raising up as if she had young chicks under her instead of eggs) and Horus (the male) was performing "Food Drops' into the nest (taking pieces of his fresh kill and dropping it into the nest area as if he had young chicks to feed). It was honestly at this point painful for me to continue watching, I simply shut-off the internet and waited for the county to make the call. I knew it was just a matter of time before our Peregrine Pair abandon the nest completely.

What Went Wrong? It is hard to say - I will investigate all plausible negative contributing factors and try to find a remedy prior to next nesting season to help ensure a successful year. Thank you all for your support by loggining into the webcam, I'm sure because of this you feel more 'connected' to Horus and Hathor and this outcome has left you rather sad. I know my breakfast will be less eventful to say the least : (

Kariann


May 23, 2006

Peregrine Update!

Fisher Building Site: Banding will take place at 9:00am on Thursday, May 25th. Birding enthusiasts are welcome to watch from the ground UP - across from the Fisher building their is a small park and it would be a great place to sit and spend the morning hours observing. We have 3 chicks for sure, possibly 4.

Whittier Site: Confirmation of 2 chicks, approximately 14 days old. It is nice to see that our balcony renovation successfully kept the water from building up (the culprit last year for loosing the nest).

Blue Water Bridge Site: Confirmation of chicks, late hatch this year (only 7 days old). Not sure on numbers, maybe 2.

University of Detroit Mercy: Adult Peregrine behavior suggests chicks, we are working on finding out more information (need to climb). I will keep you posted, we are trying to coordinate a banding effort at this site.

Monroe Power Plant: Adult Peregrine behavior suggests chicks, sighting of possible 2 chicks - returning next week for confirmation.

Wayne County Building: Two Adult (banded) Peregrines spotted on Wayne county building (Randolph st). If anyone can give me band numbers that would be great, I suspect they are Gregory and Sara from the Ameritech building last year - but I'm not certain. I'm trying to arrange a peek UP in the tower to see if we have nesting.

Mt. Clemens Site: Reports of Peregrines going in-and-out of a NEW ledge, hmmm - possible re-clutch??? I will investigate soon and report back to you!

Ann Arbor Site: No nesting, however the adults have remained in and around the tower site. One is a mature adult (banded black over green with 3 on black, unknown letter on green...possible O or D), other is immature (unbanded). Maybe Next Year, reports that the two have a pair bond and are copulating STILL!

It is GREAT to be back on Peregrine Patrol... Thanks to all my volunteers and their dedication to the project we will have a GREAT banding year.

Kariann


May 24, 2006

Just to let you know what is going on at other sites.

Lansing we have confirmed nesting at the BWL Power plant south of the capitol complex. This is the complex she nested in 2 years ago. A new nesting site for Stelco. She just can't seem to find a site she really likes.

Raymond Rustem
Natural Heritage Unit Supervisor
Wildlife Division
(517) 373-2457


May 26, 2006

Peregrine Falcon Exhibition Debuts at Detroit Zoo May 19

ROYAL OAK, Mich., May 15, 2006 The Detroit Zoo will unveil its latest exhibition on May 19 when The Peregrine Falcon: Return of an Endangered Species debuts at the Exhibit Gallery of the Ford Education Center. Featuring photos, dioramas, interactive displays and video, the 2,000-square-foot exhibit looks at the biology, behavior and near-demise of the peregrine falcon.

Powerful and swift, the peregrine falcon hunts medium-sized birds, swooping down on them from tremendous heights. Virtually exterminated from eastern North America by pesticide poisoning in the middle 20th century, conservation efforts have made the peregrine falcon a regular, albeit uncommon, sight in many large cities.

The Peregrine Falcon: Return of an Endangered Species was developed by the Bell Museum in collaboration with the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota and other raptor conservation groups throughout North America.

The exhibit runs through September 8, 2006 and is open daily during regular Zoo hours at no additional charge.


June 8, 2006

Mt. Clemens Good News!!

Mt. Clemens Site: You will be happy to hear that Hathor and Horus have decided to 'try-again' with a re-clutch of 3 eggs in a different ledge (SE) of the same building. I suspect that she has been incubating for about 10 days now. You will see the update and webcam later this afternnoon....keep your fingers crossed this time. Oh' and the last egg was collected by me and was a 'yolker' (not fertile). The nest area was laden with rusty nails-screws-washers-etc all sharp objects, so that could have contributed to the eggs cracking????

Blue Water Bridge Site: Thanks to Dan Miller (Site Volunteer) for arranging the Blue Water Bridge banding effort, we were able to band three beautiful chicks (two female and one male) this morning! Ernie Kafcase, myself, and the operator (Bill Fokkler) took a trip in a bucket from the top of the bridge...over the side...then under to the nestbox (pretty cool view of the ships passing through). Both parents were present, male had been feeding the young when we came in. They defended the nest, but didn't cause any injury to us banders. Birds looked healthy and approximately 20 days old.

SBC Ameritech Site: confirmed nesting, two chicks.

Fisher Building Site: One daredevil has jumped to the fourth floor ledge (same thing happened last year and we ended up doing a rescue after a couple days). One has ventured out of the box and is perched on the pole. One is still hanging out in the safe box. All is well so far.

UofD Mercy Site: Three healthy babies, starting to walk around the cement ledge of the bell tower.

Kariann


June 13, 2006

Verdict Is In!

We now know WHO the male is at the Blue Water Bridge!

Black over green 45/M is a male named Dubya (nickname of our current US President!). This falcon hatched May 9, 2003 at the Busch Agricultural Complex in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

His father is not banded so no info is know about him.

His mother is *G/*9, hatched May 7, 1999 at the Bailly Power Plant in Porter, Indiana. She is the daughter Bailly 4/9 (hacked from US Steel in Gary, Indiana in 1993) & Barb E/*L (hacked from Union Electric, Labadie, Missouri in 1995).

The female is an all black band 85/H and I don't know WHO she is yet, but I do know that Mariam at the Whittier is 89/H so these two ladies could be sisters! Mariam is from Richmond Hill, Toronto, ON. I'll find out soon!

Kariann


June 13, 2006

Fisher Building Update!

Well, it has been interesting to say the least! On Friday (June 9th) I received a call from Farbman that we had a falcon down. This was our 'Brownie' (blk26/grC) who had ventured off the platform and had spent a few days on the ledge of the fourth floor window. Brownie - whom we now know is a male is safe with rehabilitator Dave Hogan. Dave will feed Brownie (quail) and work with him in his flight pen so that Brownie develops those pectoral muscles for flight. On Monday (June 12th) I received a call from Farbman that we had another falcon down. This was our 'Regal' (blk28/grC)who had ventured onto the perching pole and spent a few days on the outside of the nesting box. Regal has joined his brother (Yup - another male) with Dave Hogan. On Monday (June 12th) I received another call that our third falcon 'Crystal' was perched in a tree in the median of Grand Blvd. Mom (Alpha) was perched on the traffic light with food, calling to the young bird. Mom was probably wondering HOW to get the food to her chick, she has NO idea HOW to get into this tree structure thats for sure :) Anyway, Crystal (blk27/grC) was spotted UP high on the GM building later that day perched on a 10th floor window ledge. According to Dave, in order for her to make such a perch she would have had to have flown around the building - so no worries, she is strong!

A HUGE thank-you goes out to Maria Fernandez - Brownie and Regal would not be alive today had she not taken time out of her busy schedule to rescue them from the streets.

We plan to release either late this week or early next!

Kariann


June 15, 2006

Blue Water Bridge Update

Thanks to Barb Baldingers investigation I was able to contact Mark Nash at the Canadian Peregrine Foundation to inquiry about our unknown female at the Blue Water Bridge - 85/H (all black). Mariam (89/H all black) at the Whittier site actually turned our heads in this direction since her band was so closely related in series. This is the response I received, I'm guessing that "all black" bands are saved for 'Hack" birds? Seems like this is the case anyway!

Hello Kariann

Thank you so much for writing and all of the updates. We are delighted to hear that Miriam is doing well and has started her own family. Truly sorry about your resident adult female’s demise because of Miriam!

I guess things have a way of working themselves out, and very glad that she is under your protection and care!! She certainly has had a long interesting history up here with the satellite tracking and the hack site, with fond memories of her antics while she was under our care/watch. Miriam was purchased by the CPF as a chick from an anatum peregrine breeder in western Canada and hacked out at the CPF peregrine hack site in a small community called Richmond Hill Ontario in 2003. Richmond Hill is just 15 minutes north of Toronto. Miriam was also was a participant in our satellite tracking program that year.

The other Pefa wearing the Black band 85 over H is another Ontario bird that was produced at the MEC – (Mississauga urban nest site) in 2003. This female was named “Tonga”, and banded on June 13th/2003. She was the heaviest of her two other sisters, (weighting 966 grams – empty crop weight - at 28 days old). She had two other siblings named Orian and Artemis, but sadly Artemis was reported dead in July of 2003. Orian has been confirmed nesting in Virginia USA last year at a wild non-urban nest site! You can see some history of the MEC nest site on the CPF web pages at:

http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/mississauga/MissCentrePhotos03.html

http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/tops/missmec.html

Only one more unknown for this year and that bird is in Monroe, still searching for the origin!

Kariann


July 28, 2006

Mt. Clemens Write-Up

To all Concerned,

Our Mount Clemens Peregrine Pair will have to wait another year. Our hopes were re-ignited when Horus and Hathor began the re-clutch soon after the loss of their first nest. Unfortuantely, this second attempt failed. Investigation of the nesting ledge did not show sharp objects of any sort for us to place blame as did the initial nesting ledge. Perplexed by their seemingly string of bad luck I contacted our wildlife rehabilitator Dave Hogan for advice. Dave, having worked with falcons for nearly 20 years, wasn't surprised with the chain of events after he had learned that Horus was a young bird. He explained how exact several circumstances must be in order for two birds to successfully fertilize eggs, he expressed his wonder as to 'How pairs in the wild actually have babies....its somewhat of a miracle.' A few critical circumstances that he has witnessed in the past that young bird may lack; such as actual copulation timing and willingness of an older female to allow fumbles of a younger male during copulation, the amount of food the male provides the female just before copulation will determine if she has enough energy to produce healthy eggs, the type of food provided by the male to the female just before copulation will determine if she has enough critical vitamins to produce strong eggs....all this just to get to the egg laying stage! Dave reminded me that even though Horus returned to Mount Clemens with his 'adult' plumage this year, it doesn't necessarily mean he is ready for successful mating. Most Peregrines take 3-4 years before they are sexually mature enough to mate. According to Dave Hogan, our first year Alexa was the exception and our second year double nest failure was the norm. We suspect since the two birds displayed such strong pair bond behavior and went ahead with another practice round after the first failed nest that Horus and Hathor will remain a Peregrine Pair. Let us all here in Mount Clemens show Hathors patience with Horus and not become frustrated or disappointed with nesting season 2006. "We" will try again in 2007, hope for the best.....knowing that 2008 should be the Big Year for our "Family" After that, we can look forward to many years (10+) of Peregrine babies at the Macomb County Building in Mount Clemens. I appreciate your heartfelt concern for Horus and Hathors challenges this year, all your e-mails and observations have been extremely helpful to me and our mission at the DNR.

On a personal note, since I had nesting success this year my attention to Peregrines and those on Patrol has been quite limited.....I apologize. It is not my intention to be nesting next year at this time, so I will be back to my usual 110%.

Kariann (The Bird Lady)


You can contact Kariann by e-mail at peregrine_notes@yahoo.com.

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