Windsor Watch Team Gathering

June 23, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

The Windsor Peregrine Falcon Watch team will be gathering for a wrap-up celebration at 6pm on Friday, July 15th at the Dominion House on Sandwich Street, just a few blocks west of the bridge. Whether you joined in to officially “watch”, came by to learn about the Peregrines, brought a camera down to get some photos, or just generally enjoy seeing these magnificent birds in our city, you are welcome to come and join for story-telling together and enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded people. The Dominion is close to the bridge so that folks can pop over for some time watching before or after the gathering.

We had lots of great people watching and protecting the fledglings again this year. Thank you to all who gave of their time, their energy, and their passion again this year.

We are so fortunate to have the support of our friends at the Ambassador Bridge Corporation, Erie Wildlife, Brack Animal Hospital, and of course, the Canadian Peregrine Foundation! Thank you all!

Hope to see you at the DH soon! We will lift a toast in memory of Viper.

!!! Tragic News from Lansing, Michigan

June 23, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

We have just learned that one of the Windsor nest Peregrines from the 2012 hatch, a female named Viper, has died from injuries apparently sustained in a fight for her nest. Viper was a very large female and those of us who watched the young in 2012 were so impressed by her flight skills and her beauty. Viper had nested in Lansing, Michigan with her mate, Eckert, at the Board of Water and Light for the past few years. She had a successful hatch of 4 young this year.

I am including the link to the Lansing Facebook site where there is more information and photos available.

Soar high and free, Viper.

https://www.facebook.com/LBWLPeregrineFalcons/posts/995591163881761:0


Viper 2012-2016 Viper

All 5 Flying Well

June 18, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

All the young are flying and getting to ledges and girders quite well. Paul, Denis, Steve and I believe that Pulse‎ spent much of the day on a ledge near the nest. Maybe tomorrow he’ll be ready for more flights. All of the others are getting good practice with chases and even a bit of “tag” with Voltaire.

It is looking like the need for vigilant watching is coming to an end. Of course, it is still possible that a fledgling will need assistance…we really can never predict. But at least now, they are staying off the ground and building skills and confidence with each day.

Thank you to the team for great watching and some very long days and nights! Your dedication and commitment to our Peregrines is amazing and a wonderful gift.

It is always nice to have new folks join in and personally, I have really enjoyed getting know Steve and Denis this year. Also, chatting with some of our photographer friends (thinking of Mel and Tim) has been great, and having them be willing to share some of their beautiful photos has been very generous of them.

They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Clearly from our history, it takes a community of caring, dedicated people to protect these young Peregrines so that they have a chance to go out and make it on their own.

Great work, everyone! The real fun begins now with “flight school.” I’m sure I’ll see you around the bridge.

We will plan a volunteer gathering soon to celebrate another successful year…Maybe pizza at the bridge.

Special thanks to Mel Diotte, Tim Jarrold, Steve Atkins, and Larry Ludwicki for sharing their great photos!


Pulse Pulse Gordie Howe (red tape) Pulse Paul, The Peregrine Whisperer A Crop Full and Still Eating

!!! Windsor’s Peregrine Whisperer!

June 17, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

Earlier this evening, Pulse was released on the rooftop where he paced and flapped a lot. He seemed very anxious to return to the bridge and his familiar surroundings.

Pulse lost his footing on the roof, slid to the brickwork of the building wall, tried a short, low flight across University Avenue, and gradually made his way to a fence rail on the bridge side of the street. He then took another short, low flight and came to the faculty lot next to the bridge, and took a walk along the base of the bridge.

Our faithful volunteer, Paul Gosselin,slowly and respectfully walked along beside Pulse until Pulse got onto the curbing near the fencing behind the bridge. As I watched from a distance, Paul squatted down beside Pulse, staying very still and quiet. Suddenly Pulse hopped onto Paul’s arm. He then climbed up to Paul’s shoulder and then decided to hop onto Paul’s head. Fortunately Paul was wearing a hat! Pulse perched on Paul’s head and Paul very slowly raised up, giving Pulse the opportunity to then hop over onto the fence rail.

From the rail, he made his way to the equipment shed and then the trailer rooftop in the construction area under the bridge. He then made his way to the roof of a construction van where he sat for a while. We were concerned that the workers arriving in the early morning would startle him and he could be in trouble again.

Paul again worked his magic and was able to coax Pulse to get back on his arm again. From there, Kim (from the Bridge Company) helped to get him into the cage. ‎ She brought the lift back again and put him on the second cement ledge of the bridge,up above the faculty lot where we hope he will find good footing and a safe resting place for the night.

These birds never cease to amaze me!

Great job, Paul! I never would have believed this if I hadn’t seen it myself! It was very evident that Pulse knew he was safe with Paul and that Paul was there to assist. Paul is now, officially, the Windsor Peregrine Whisperer!

Hoping for a good rest for all tonight and maybe a better flight tomorrow.

Naming of Windsor’s 5 Fledglings

June 15, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

The first off the nest this year is a male and volunteers have named him, Westview, for a new school in the west end of Windsor, whose mascot is the falcon. Next off the nest was a male who was named, Gordie (for Windsor’s own, Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe). Next to fly was a female, and the group chose, “Ariel” for her. The other female fledged next and the group decided to honour our local nature area and our Aboriginal neighbours with the name, “Ojibway.” Finally today, our last fledling, a male, has emerged from the nest, and the name chosen by our team, was “Pulse” in order to honour the lives of our brothers and sisters in Orlando.

The team came up with some great names again this year, and we have some ideas still on the table for future use.

Thanks to everyone for helping us name our brood. We have some amazing and very dedicated folks helping to keep our fledglings safe.

More Photos and Updates

June 15, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

Fledgling number 5 (still unnamed) apparently spent last night in the nest box, well out of sight as our team spent many hours searching after we thought this one had launched. This morning, she finally tried her wings but was not very successful yet. She basically made her way to the ground but without injury. After getting her onto a fence, she tried again with the same result so volunteers got her safely into a cage and she was taken to Erie Wildlife Rescue for banding and some additional rest. Hoping to be able to release her on the rooftop tonight.

Thanks to Mel Diotte and Denis Dupuis for some more great photos. Several show the reunion of 2 fledglings with Voltaire on the rooftop, getting a nice meal with mom. Beautiful photos!


Number 5 after flight attempt Family Reunion

All 5 Have Successfully Fledged!

June 14, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

After a day with some great flights by Gordie and some shorter flights by Ariel, Westview and Ojibway, finally this evening number 5 was convinced to leave the nest. Volunteers were scouring the area as darkness set in as we can’t be sure of its location. Had a count of 4 Peregrines around the bridge, but not positive that we know where the 5th is tonight.

The team is polling our members for one more name and hope to have a suitable name picked soon for number 5.

Today’s photos are from Denis Dupuis, showing rooftop releases done over the past couple evenings. The Ambassador Bridge gets lots of kudos for their help when we need to return a bird to the rooftop.

Also, many thanks to our good friends at Erie Wildlife Rescue and to Dr. House at Brack Animal Hospital for the great care of our fledglings! All are healthy and feisty and eager to soar!


Flight Report

June 13, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

Gordie has been doing some beautiful flights this evening. He does seem to enjoy landing on the bridge handrails though! He took a few flights where he was chasing his parents around and eventually landed quite well on the top ledge of the bridge side abutment. Voltaire brought in a nice package to reward him.

Westview was perched in a tree beside the building he was released on last night. Eventually he climbed the tree and got back on the roof. From there, he took a flight towards the church and landed in a tree. He has moved now to another tree.

Ariel has been perched high up in a tree by the church. She seems to have a nice vantage point for watching the others.

Ojibway, (female), is being released onto the roof tonight and number 5 (still unnamed), is still in the nest, enjoying all the room!

Paul and Denis are keeping eyes on tonight’s release to make sure all goes well. Very long days for our team!

We sure need lots of eyes watching these guys this year! Many thanks to those who are spending long hours keeping track of all our fledglings!

Windsor Weekend Report

June 12, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

Whew! This was quite the weekend! After the first two fledges on Thurs/Friday, we continued to have some new efforts by the young thru the weekend. The 3rd to fly is one big bird. She seemed to struggle with gaining altitude and was the one on the wire Saturday night.

Today, number 4 joined in‎ the action and took a lovely, long flight along and under the bridge. She landed on the ground for a bit and was able to get back to a fence rail.

Many thanks to the team who endured Saturday’s stifling heat and who came back today to spend hours and hours watching the many antics! The efforts of many great volunteers are keeping our fledglings as safe as possible and we couldn’t do this without many people pitching in to help.

This has been a strange year without the normal banding done when these guys are still little and fluffy. We all feel the desire to get some kind of band on our birds while dealing with the conflicting desire to let nature alone and not interfere. So far, we have a rescued one fledgling on the ground in a yard where there was evidence of dogs onsite, one from the roadway of the Ambassador Bridge, one who was in a precarious location by a parking area, and one in the grass and trying to approach University Avenue.

We have been working with our friends at Erie Wildlife Rescue who have been graciously providing care and vet checks to ensure the well-being of our birds. We are also very fortunate to have the ongoing support of our friends at the Ambassador Bridge Corporation who have been responding to our calls of “bird in danger” and are at the site tonight with their truck/lift, helping the team release 3 fledglings to the rooftop across from the bridge.

Tomorrow morning, there will be 3 falcons on a rooftop, anxious to try flights again. Anyone who has some free time will be much appreciated coming down to help watch and protect.

Thanks everyone! You all are an amazing and dedicated‎ team!

3rd Fledgling Takes Flight

June 11, 2016 - Windsor - Ambassador Bridge

Marilyn Weller Reports:

After a long and very hot day, around 7:20 this evening, Fledgling 3 decided to try out its wings and took a decent first flight under the bridge. Immediately on launching, one of the parents quickly followed as if to take opportunity if a teachable moment in the sky. An attempt was made to land on a girder beam but the fledgling misjudged and chose a telephone wire instead.

The volunteer team watched from close by until about 10 pm and the fledgling seemed willing to spend the night as a “bird on a wire.” Parents brought food to the others around 9:30 pm and the remaining 2 chicks seemed happy for stay put in the nest for the night.

Paul Gosselin sent a couple a great close ups of #3 sitting on the wire and watching the volunteers.