Thursday, January 21, 2010

Early season visits! What are you seeing?

Well, many thanks for the great discussion and photos posted to our online community. I am very happy to see the falcons visiting the nest site and showing signs of pair bonding. This is a great sign that the birds intend to nest and use this site again this year. Here is a nice image of the birds bowing to each other in typical pair bonding ritual.

Laurad also posted this photo of the bird attempting to excavate the scrape where the falcons might lay their eggs. Not that his bird is also simulating its incubation posture.

I appreciate all your comments! Please see the comments in last weeks blog for details about the prey items, I'll post them tomorrow!

Until next time,
Patrick Keenan
BioDiversity Research Institute

Friday, January 15, 2010

Camera Reinstall visit on Jaunuary 14, 2010

Hi All,

I am eager to report the details about my recent visit to the peregrine falcon nest site yesterday. It was very cold in the morning but warmed quickly as the sun rose. I was able to secure the camera back on its 'perch' to offer us, once again, an inward looking perspective on the nest tray. While tightening the u-bolts I was 'buzzed' by each of the falcons.

Needless to say, I worked quickly and was happy to have support from our collaborator who provided warning that the falcons were approaching fast (not that there was anywhere to hide!). I had tried to time the visit to avoid disturbing the pair, but given their persistent territoriality and presence at the site through the year, I had to settle with simply minimizing my disturbance. That is I visited during the period outside of the birds nesting season. Last year these birds became active at the nest in early February and laid eggs at the end of March.

Of particular interest to our project is what these birds are eating. I was fortunate to also visit one of the feeding 'stoops' where these birds perch and tear apart their food items. In addition to three very fresh rock pigeon carcasses (as well as a count of nine older, desiccated pigeon carcasses), I found the following items shown in the photos below.

Can you recognize these bird parts? It may be difficult to do so from the photos alone but I welcome any thoughts or questions that you might have about these prey items. I have identified them only after careful and cautious observation. I will post their identity next week in this be sure to check back!



Well, that is all that I would like to report for now. There is a great deal happening at BRI so please visit our website ( to learn more. Until next time enjoy our webcams and your wildlife!

All the Best,
Patrick Keenan
Outreach Coordinator
BioDiversity Research Institute