Fabulous Falcons

I can’t seem to get away from the Jersey falcons.  My yearly Rochester Falcon Watchers’ Weekend happened in Elizabeth, NJ this year.  Cadence, hatched in 2015 in Rochester and pictured below as a juvenile, is now raising a family of four this year.  Her brood is learning to fly and hunt.  I do believe I saw or heard all four juvies at one time.

Cadence and her unbanded mate, Allen, were in their usual spots atop the Union County Courthouse antennae.  Seven o’clock on a Sunday morning is the best time to visit.  I heard falcon begging and hoped the kids had not eaten too much before my arrival.

I started on the NW side of the tower where the igloo is located, but decided the garage roof would give me the best view.  Yup!  I spotted one of the young to the west on a building nearest the tower.

All of a sudden, as is falcon custom, brunch arrived courtesy of Cadence and so did the kids who didn’t look all that hungry.  Guess who came in first?  Too easy, of course it was the young female, Akira, who didn’t look willing to share.

I heard more begging and thought I saw a third or fourth youngster on the satellite dish behind me.  A kestrel was pretending to be a peregrine.

But, lo and behold!  For sure a third juvie wanted to help me photograph the gang on the courthouse tower!  He kept getting closer and closer to me.  I definitely do not look like Kathy Clark, the NJ biologist who medicated and banded him.  He definitely looked like he had just had a meal.

Allen joined Cadence and Akira to finish off the huge pigeon meal.  But he had to sneak up on Akira or she may have injured him.  Both adults watched her to continue to gorge.

Two of the boys joined each other for a game of hide and seek and tag on the building across the train tracks to the west.  Cadence went back to her post on top of the antenna and Akira was left alone.

Fledgling Fantasy

Most of these pictures are archival.  That means they just show that the almost fledglings are doing OK so far.  Most of my time has been spent in Jersey City, but I was able to make a stop at Tompkins Square Park for the red-tails and Riverside Church.


Digiscoped female fledgling in Jersey City. She is doing OK. this is her shady corner in the morning.


Jersey City fledgling on the north ledge next to the scrape


Fledgling rescue kit


Jersey City fledgling watch view of Lower Manhattan

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Jersey City west terrace ledge. Parent giving our girl a small snack.

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Riverside Church peregrine perch. Our Metro Area birds only choose the best addresses to raise their young.

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Riverside fledgling doing well

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Tompkins Square youngsters getting crowded out

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Intruders were two floors above taking pictures. Momma red-tail Dora was not happy at all.

Almost Summer

The Riverside Church peregrines are out.  The baby birds are learning to fly and eat. Croton Point Park has new maintenance workers.

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Nice place for a nest?

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How would you like this for a nursery?

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Croton Point Park Maintenance

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Poor red tail adult getting harassed by an oriole

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After being pecked on by a mockingbird. Poor red tail is just trying to look after its youngster.

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Monday morning cleanup crew

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Youngster waiting for a food delivery

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Riverside Church eyases

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Riverside adult keeping watch over the young’uns, sort of

Birds in Summer

The osprey are fledging.   The ducklings are swimming.  The black-crowned night heron parent is preening.  The gulls are watching.

I can fly!

I can fly!

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I can slide!

I can preen!

I can preen!

I can watch!

I can watch!

This is how you get all your ducks in a row.

This is how you get all your ducks in a row.

Rochester falcon fledglings

Rochester falcon fledglings are very flexible.

Famous Rochester Times Square wings with adult falcon

Famous Rochester Times Square wings with adult falcon





Jersey City Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

The Boss is doing well.  Went down Sunday and Tuesday and saw all three both days.  Here is the proof:

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The Boss being fed by one of the adults on Tuesday, June 25

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Second adult circling 101 Hudson and Plaza 5

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The other adult coming in for a landing after the flyby.  Notice the glass hazard.

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Thursday, June 20, both adults at the scrape while The Boss was on the opposite side of the building eating a meadowlark

Another from Thursday, June 20

Another from Thursday, June 20

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Beautiful Athena on 101 Hudson watching over her son on Thursday

Sacking the Peregrine

A great, big THANK YOU to Kathy Clark, NJ Fish & Wildlife Biologist, David Wheeler and Ben Wurst, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, for letting me attend the banding of our 101 Hudson, Jersey City eyas.  It is always a thrill to be 42 stories above the Hudson River overlooking Manhattan and New Jersey.  Mike and I got there eventually.

And a big THANK YOU to the Mad Momma peregrine, too.  She was actually a little calmer this year.  I guess she finally recognizes all of us we’ve stolen her chicks so many times.  And we always return the kids.  This year Kathy had an ‘official’ NJ Fish & Wildlife banding bag.  Our young male, 44/AM, didn’t complain until the very end of the ordeal.  He kept spitting out his medicine, but that’s typical of children, right?   Mike and I like to name the youngsters, so this year we chose “The Boss.”  Apologies to the biologists and scientists out there.

Before you check out the pictures I need to make a plea for donations to get a new web cam for these birds.  Contact NJ Fish & Wildlife or Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ.

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Female. This is the first time we ever saw her perch when humans have been on her roof.

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“The Boss” is back home

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