Roger LeBlanc has posted a link to this interesting and informative interview on NatureNB today.
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Ooops!! My lack of typing skills changed Dr. David BIRD's name!!!
Was very happy to hear that a pair used the nest box.Really enjoy seeing your picture Ron ... thanks so much for posting.
You are very welcome. I will likely try again for a better picture, but I am not sure that I will be able to do so without better gear.
It is a long shot to the box ... I don't get down that way much,I would think early morning would be a good time.Maybe they would be having breakfast.
Given the direction of the sun, morning would be a whole lot better than evening which is what I have been doing.
Hi Ron, A couple from NJ who were out in kayaks yesterday, at Hope Well Rocks showed me pictures of the nestlings there, still small white fuzz balls. Quite a difference from these guys. This year the Rocks nest is out on a 'flower pot' and best viewed from the bay side.
They are going to send me some pics when they get an internet connection.
Yes, there does appear to be quite a difference. The chicks at Hopewell Rocks would have hatched in late May (from info I got from Kevin Snair), while those in Moncton must have hatched earlier. I saw the chicks flapping their wings, so it shouldn't be long now before they are flying!
Hi Ron, Have you been watching the nest lately, I'm wondering if they are working on the roof, I saw some new scaffold looking things on Friday and a winch that would be just out of view in this shot along the roof line to the left. I took some pictures but only had the iPad with me. Maybe I can point to it in my pic.
Just wondering if this is new work and at a bad time. I'm sure you have lots of pic or even this one uncropped maybe.
The picture on the left points to the winch thing hanging over the side, I drew in the two other things that I noticed. They were likely there all along, I'm usually watching the nest, but after the two were grounded I may have been looking in a different light.
Saw the female (I'm assuming by size) flying Saturday morning, she spiralled down around the building and I thought Uh-OH, but then she got lift and made it over the top a couple times then, hopefully, landed back on top.
Sorry for the delay in responding. I just got back from Nova Scotia, so am trying to catch up! I noticed the scaffolding anchors (?) quite some time ago, but not the winch. While I have seen these "anchors" in place for some time, I have yet to see them being used. I also note that the east facing big "A" has been ripped for some time now. This, to me, is an indication that the company is being quite cautious as BP (before peregrines), I am sure the sign would have been fixed without delay.
Whether or not I am right re the above, the peregrines appear to be doing fine as I saw three fledglings on top of the nesting box and the two adults on the Aliant Tower earlier tonight. I took a video which I will attempt to post later if it turned out and if I can remember how!
All the best,
I had a look at the video, but it is of such poor quality that it is not worth posting.
They are definitely working on the roof now, the scaffold is moved and another winch is placed over the side, I doubt it's a problem now(??) as the young are flying no problem. They are hanging close to the nest box though.
I watched one large and one small on the west side ledge on Saturday, you could see the large one throw her(?) head in the air and screech, the small one (adult male?) was working on prey and would very gently pass a piece to the very much larger one.