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Old 08-15-2010, 04:22 PM   #91
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Thanks, Booboo! Next time I'll know who to ask!
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:36 PM   #92
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I think they each had each other pinned under the weight of their tails...Had the nest box been a bit wider they probably would have separated much sooner. Things get pretty heated in the end. Thanks for the help partner....
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:11 PM   #93
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and the talons embedded in the opponent's head!
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While watching this fascinating film, I had the thought that although each bird was trying to win the battle that they were not willing to disable each other. One of those talons was a micrometer from the opponents eye, but the bird never attempted to blind the other. Is there a law of combat amongst falcons?
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Not at all. They in fact do often fight to the death or at least inflict severe injuries on the other. Blood from this fight was visible on the gravel for the next couple months as rain doesn't get that far into the nestbox. It was a constant reminder of what it costs to produce new young peregrines. And then only about one in four survive to mate.

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Old 11-05-2010, 04:53 PM   #96
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Old 11-13-2010, 07:36 PM   #98
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Sage,
I'm wondering what peregrine falcons do during the winter months. Do they stay close to their nests? Do they migrate?

Do you have any updated peregrine falcon photos?
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:52 PM   #99
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Good timing, BooBoo! We got home last night from a month in the Catskills and took off today to go find the pefas. Stash and Stella were at CT (Central Terminal) perched on ledges.

~Peregrine Falcons~-p1160228.jpg Stash and Stella at CT

They were first time parents this year, and we've seen that once a pair has nested, they seem to overwinter at the nestsite. This site is just a fantastic place to nest, with plenty of ledges, sides away from the wind, not much human traffic and a wonderful place for fledglings to practice their new flying skills more safely.

In the Buffalo area, it seems the bonded pairs do stay and that must indicate an adequate source of food and that they don't want to chance losing their chosen nestsite, especially is there is a nestbox.

A new pair found this spring but which we don't think actually nested yet, were both seen on the cement elevators which they appeared to have chosen as a future nestsite. The DEC is working to now to get a nestbox installed and the company may provide a webcam!

It seems we will have an astonishing ten nestsites in 2011!
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:07 PM   #100
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Thanks for the falcon update sage!

I think Stash and Stella look great in the photo you posted.

Please post a link to the DEC's falcon webcam if they get it up. I've watched some of the online eagle cams, but not a falcon cam.

Well now I have another question:
Do bonded pairs of falcons stay together for life?
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