Tuesday, 17 April 2007

F is for Falcon

These two magnificent birds are Mariah and Kaver, a pair of Peregrine Falcons who are nesting at the Kodak Office Tower in Rochester, New York.

Mariah has nested here since 1998, mated first with Cabot-Sirocco until he disappeared in 2002, and since then, with her new mate Kaver. Her total offspring to date; 34 chicks, or eyases.
They are currently incubating four eggs. You can get to know this happy family on the Rochester Falconcam.

The Cleveland Peregrine Falcons are nesting at the Terminal Tower, Cleveland, Ohio. SW and Buckeye have been sucessfully nesting here for five years. There are currently three eggs in the nest box. The previous female, Zenith, occupied the nest site for nine seasons before being killed by SW in a territorial battle in 2002.

Peregrine Falcon numbers are steadily increasing since they were put on the Endangered Species List. Nearly decimated by pesticides 30 years ago, recovery programs such as the ones in Rochester and Cleveland are helping to increase their numbers. Peregrines have been introduced to new urban habitats: tall buildings, bridges, and grain elevators, and now flourish in more than 25 North American cities, feasting primarily on pigeons, starlings, sparrows, and other urban birds.

Other Falcon web cams: King Street, Toronto, Etobicoke, Toronto. More information at the Canadian Peregrine Foundation.


  1. Magnificent birds? Yes, if you look at their form, or how they fly, but as for their diet, bleckkhhh!!

  2. So you don't have an appetite for birdy sushi, Craver?

  3. Joyce in Scottsville18 April 2007 at 12:20

    Hello Ex-shammickite - We are honored that you admire our Rochester Falcons. If you have an interest, please check out the messageboard of dedicated online and in-person falcon watchers. Right now, while the web cam is operative, the KFalconCam Messageboard is open for everybody to read. If you like to actively participate in discussions, please join us at http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/kfalconcam/

    Scottsville, NY

  4. Joyce in Scottsville18 April 2007 at 12:23

    Oops somehow the end of the link got cut off:


  5. Will go to the links...wonderful story...you are so clever...6 letters down 20 to go!

  6. They are beautiful and majestic birds!

  7. Hi, Wonderful birds but a good friend of mine would certainly not agree as he has lost some of his best racing pigeons to Falcons and hawks.

  8. not such good news for the sparrows I spose.... but isn't that great? similar is happening in London too. (not just the parakeets! birds of prey too)

    I love the tree in the previous post - was/is it machine embroidery?

  9. Another nice post with lot's of information. It was nice reading about the falcon's which are almost non-existent in this part of the world...well done!

  10. Nice to read about the NYC falcons again. It's always wonderful to find bird lovers online. Birds are such special beings.

  11. Hooray for Falcons! They're such a good way of getting rid of pigeons (NOT racing pigeons - sorry Biker Bob) and other city dwelling pests.

  12. Wonderful work in the city midst. Recently I saw inspirational program in which, Geese, (I think) were trained to fly and were accompanied south to Florida but believe then the hurrican took its toll on them.

  13. Very nice photos. It is a shame the natural habitat has been destroyed and the birds have to make do with the ledges of buildings. BUt they are survivors. Nice job photographing them.

    I came to thank you for visiting my blog, yesterday, and for your comments about Patty's last radiation treatment. She was so pleased that I heard from so many people, including Eric, and I know it made her day extra-special. She was also surprised that some of you also visited her blog and left comments there. So thank you for your visit and comments. Being new to the community, it was a big surprise to us. Thanks again.

    Abe and Patty Lincoln
    Brookville Daily Photo

  14. Wow. That's a lot of wonderful information, Ex-S. Thanks for the enlightenment! :)

  15. Just a few weeks ago the eggs of the falcons were rescued by the nature society. They had built a very insecure nest on the underside girders of the Bay Bridge. Due to the vibration of the bridge they were worried they would fall. The birds come back every year and nest in this not too great spot.

  16. Peregrines are my favourite birds and I used to watch them a lot near a neating site at Ilfracombe as a kid.
    In the UK the population was almost wiped out from the DDT pesticide. It made the eggs shells weak so that they broke when the female bird sat on them.
    The only pair in the whole of the south west of England that continued to rear young were the ones at Ilfracombe :)
    As you are originally from North Devon I thought you might like to know that :)


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