… and the living is easy. Bonnie’s Best from June, July and first of August:
Thank you, Conserve Wildlife of New Jersey and New Jersey Fish & Wildlife biologists for allowing me to attend the banding this year. Please contribute to Conserve Wildlife.
It won’t be long now before this big girl takes to the skies. She was flapping like crazy out of cam view on the west side of 101 Hudson. It looked to me like she would fly any minute. She is so big that if she keeps her wings out she will not fall hard if she goes down. In the past, the adults have flown on either side of a first time fledgling and provided draft to keep their offspring aloft. This girl is almost twice the size of the male, so I hope he is an excellent aerialist.
The Shady Lady of Jersey City (band 79/AN) must have put on sunscreen. She was apparently in the shade at 10 Exchange Place when she suddenly appeared. She then beat it around the building, went next to the Hudson River, and back to 101 Hudson. She sat in the sun for a good two hours before winging her ‘big girl’ way 3 blocks south to 77 Hudson to check out the penthouse condo. A girl after my own heart, strong and focused.
Donations to the Jersey City Falcon Cam can be made through Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Please consider giving a small or large amount. The cam offers a unique view into the not so private life of the peregrine falcon.
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.
The Boss is doing well. Went down Sunday and Tuesday and saw all three both days. Here is the proof:
The Boss, our fledgling falcon in Jersey City, made the leap of faith. My friend Mike and I were there on Thursday and must have just missed the first flight. The adults were busy feeding him huge quantities of food on the 37th floor small terrace on the NE corner of the building. He would have had to have flown across the building from the NW corner 41st floor.
Other news we have is that our female appears to be at least 18 years old! Mike got pictures of the band numbers that we were missing. More about that later.
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.
Grundy Park in Jersey City doesn’t just hold an attraction for people who want a spectacular view of Lower Manhattan. Peregrine falcons also find it the best place to live in the metro NYC area . The two surviving male fledglings, Buzz and Frank, who started out at 101 Hudson on May 3, 2012, are expanding their flying and eating space. Residents in the buildings won’t have to look at dead pigeon carcasses outside their windows for much longer. In about four weeks, the adults will give the kids the boot.
NOTE: We learned on June 26 that the female had perished in a collision with the building at 10 Exchange Place.
Torrents of rain, high winds, TWO FLEDGLINGS!! My friend, Mike, and I saw two of the young birds on Friday. They are agile. They are rambunctious. And they are alive!! Both Athena and Six showed themselves as well. We knew they were keeping a very close eye on the kids. I am hesitant to say the male and female survived. We have to wait for the band ID of the deceased fledgling found on Friday afternoon after three collisions at 10 Exchange that led to a traumatic fall. But one of the falcons we observed still had down on its leg and tail. The family has now taken up primary residence at 10 Exchange, but they continue to use 101 Hudson. Wouldn’t it be nice to have TWO mansions right on New York Harbor looking over Lower Manhattan?
For all those watching and checking this blog from 101 Hudson and 10 Exchange Place, we are looking for the band numbers of the adult female. She only has a silver band. Six Pack, her mate, also has a black and green band with the number 06 (he packs a six and was hatched at Riverside Church). Please send pictures or band numbers. Thanks.
The fledglings enjoy flying with their reflections on 10 Exchange. But it is hazardous at best. More pictures to come.