Detroit Falcons - 2007

Kariann (Reno) Anderson is back for another year tracking 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 28, 2007

UPDATE: We have two eggs at the Mt. Clemens County building site (SW corner; same as last year). The eggs are very dark red. The web cam should be available sometime today for viewing. Also, I received the below note from Ohio regarding our Fisher Scout in 2005 nesting, they sent an awesome video clip...enjoy!

NOTE FROM OHIO: Karianne, this is a 9 minute video of Detroit's (2005 nest Fisher Bldg) Scout P/72 laying her first egg Saturday, March 23 at 7:16pm. The tech guy put it as hatches but he knows she was actually laying the egg. It's really cool! The daddy is Orville 12/P (2003 Dayton, OH)--the great grandson of Detroit's Pop & Judy! Feel free to post this in your reports. The Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources posted it on Google Video today, so the whole world can watch it.

Scout Lays her first egg.

Kariann


April 4, 2007

It is definately that time of year again, Yahooo!

Quick update: Monday night I presented a Peregrine Patrol slideshow to the local Audubon society for Blue Water Bridge, Port Huron Site. Dan Miller (BWB volunteer) informed me that both adults were spotted throughout the winter months and have since been spotted frequently landing on the nest box, no sign of nesting as of Monday, however it is still a bit early so we should see progress fairly soon. Today, Wednesday morning, myself and Barb Baldinger (Whittier Volunteer) checked on Allegro and Miriam at the Whittier and they are indeed nesting, same balcony as usual, and have two eggs...we will check next week to see if any additional eggs are laid, however it seems that this pair usually stops at two.

Last week I sent out a brief announcement that our Macomb Site pair Horus and Hathor are trying again this year and have nested on the same balcony SW corner and now are incubating 4 eggs, you can view them LIVE on the web cam goto this address (http://www.macombcountymi.gov/peregrine/Falcon_Cam.html).

I received notification from Teri Carrier (Detroit Mercy volunteer) and we have nest relief occuring at this site, which pretty much confirms eggs and incubation. Unfortunately at this site we cannot "see" the nesting process because it is so high up on the clock tower. I am still in search of volunteers with spotting scopes to try making out band numbers of the adults at this site. I am also still trying to explore plausible banding efforts. The Fisher building is right on target as usual, volunteer Maria Fernandez reports nesting relief. We cannot see the nest this year because they chose the West dome (funny pattern eh' 2005 west dome, 2006 east dome, 2007 west dome). I will be following up with SBC, Monroe, St. Clair, and River Rouge soon. Thanks everyone for all your help,

Kariann


June 1, 2007

2007 Summary So Far:

Blue Water Bridge site, WOW what a fun day we had over at the blue water bridge. Ernie Kafcas and I (Kariann) banded three chicks (2 males and 1 female; Acheson after a local philanthropist, Freedom, and Carol after a toll booth operator that recently died of cancer). You can read about it in the Times Herald at http://www.thetimesherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007706010308 We had the same adult female Tonga (from Ontario), but a new unbanded male (not sure what happened to Dubya). Tonga would NOT leave the nest box, Ernie had to literally place his hand on her and move her off the box. It was a spectacular site watching her fan her wings out over her chicks and back them up and away from Ernie's reach. Special thanks to Dan Miller our BWB volunteer and Bill Fockler from MDOT for helping us organize the event and keeping a close eye on our Peregrine Pair.

Fisher site, Great banding event. Tim Payne, Joe Robison, myself, and the Vet crew from the Detroit Zoo along with our Girl Scouts. Again, an interesting event took place and the adult female wouldn't leave the nest. Joe and Tim both had to help guide Alpha off the nest so that they could reach the chicks. Three chicks, all females (Juliette after the founder of Girl Scouts, Troop, and Samoa after everyone's favorite cookie of course). Special thanks to Maria Fernandez our Fisher volunteer and ITC for helping us organize the event and keeping a close eye on our Peregrine Pair.

Whittier site: Well we got smart from our last year attempt and two bloody hands later, this year Barb brought the umbrella and it worked like a charm. Miriam was on us immediately, she hit the umbrella twice. One chick; female named BB after Barb Baldinger our Whittier volunteer. Thanks Barb for climbing 13 floors each week to watch over (my favorite) Miriam and Allegro at the Whittier. In case some of you are not aware, the Whittier is undergoing major demolition and remodeling at this time and the conditions within are not necessarily pleasant. We had 4 eggs, but 3 disappeared early in the incubation process.

UofD Mercy: Teri Carrier (our UofD Mercy Tower volunteer) reported today that two chicks have popped up onto the ledge and she suspects that there is one more. Unfortunately, we have yet to find a safe route to take for banding efforts to occur. If you ever want to watch 5 Peregrines all at once, goto this site too cool they all hang out on the tower together.

Monroe; Claire Jennings reported this week that two chicks have popped up onto the I-beam. Thankfully, no bandings at this time (the only way we band these chicks is if they fall early into our net).

Macomb Site: 4 eggs and nest failure again this year, on a slightly hopeful note she is nesting with a re-clutch of 4 eggs on a new ledge (the north west corner).

SBC Site: I will check on this site soon, reports of two chicks are almost ready to pop onto the ledge.

I have not heard from St. Clair powerplant or Zug Island yet.

Thanks everyone, Kariann


June 20, 2007

Hello - the update for our Peregrine family at the Fisher building 2007. First the blood work came back from the zoo and well we had Juliette as a confirmed male, so I had do so a bit of a switch-a-roo with the names and band numbers. Here is the confirmed information: The fisher birds are as follows (34 Black /C Green = Samoa, Male) (*P Black/ *V Green = Troop, Male) (*U Black/ *P Green = Juliette, Female). Remember that the * = sideways number or letter.

Troop and Samoa the two males fledged strong and have been seen UP high on the Fisher and flights to the Argonaunt building and back, the two are practicing aerial acrobatics and sunning themselves on the ledges of the Fisher taking long snoozes. Juliette was seen last night still in the nest box, stretching her wings. The parents didn't feed her for a day, in hopes to have her take flight but that didn't work so they gave her some food late last night. This morning however, she took first flight over to the GM building and hit a window, no worries she is fine - just hanging out with the ladies on the second floor office. I suspect if the parents don't feed her at this ledge she will try to fly again - lets hope it is an UPward flight this time and more gracefull :)

Kariann


July 13, 2007

Hello - Maria Zardis has contacted me, Kariann Anderson SE Michigan Peregrine Falcon Coordinator, requesting an update to our Mt. Clemens Peregrine Pair. Friday morning, June 29th I received a disturbing call from a fellow peregrine enthusiast and she was concerned that the adults had not been incubating for at least 24 hours. Initially I did not find this too alarming because this is usual behavior so close to hatching (if the birds are done instead than incubation isn't necessary). Anyway, I went to the site to see if the adults would still defend the nest if I disturbed the site by making noise and opening the window. When I opened the window - I was literally taken back by the stench. One egg was obviously spoiled. If I were Horus or Hathor I wouldn't sit with that smell around me also :)

I removed the eggs while cleaning up the smell, put fresh gravel down and returned only two of the eggs. The other had a crack and would most likely spoil over the weekend (I checked both eggs and neither egg was fertile). I left the other two eggs for the weekend in hopes that they would come back, however during this entire event I was calling the birds with a Kestral call and not one swoop for defense occurred. On monday, July 1st, I removed the remaining two eggs. The shells from the first two eggs and the whole of the other two are now at the DNR station. I hope to develop a PhD program for myself to investigate further, using the Department of Toxicology at Clemson University. I will keep ya'll posted on ALL sites once I have an end of the year summary.

Have a Great Summer and we can hope for better luck next year,

Kariann


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

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