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Offline susha

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #48 on: August 13, 2011, 14:33 »
I agree, Dan.  What a privilege to watch these magnificent creatures as they grow.

Thank-you for sharing your photos with us.  I find the background of those architecturally interesting buildings make the photos even more enjoyable! :)

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #47 on: August 13, 2011, 14:24 »
It is.....and a great privilege to watch them grow up.

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #46 on: August 13, 2011, 13:37 »
nice to see them hanging out together

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #45 on: August 12, 2011, 22:31 »
Nice looking juvies Dan!

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #44 on: August 12, 2011, 22:29 »

Siblings just hanging out together on the rooftop in Flint today.

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #43 on: August 07, 2011, 14:05 »

Too hot and muggy for much activity today. The two chicks stayed near the shade on the roof.

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #42 on: August 06, 2011, 15:39 »
You do take great photos, Dan. 8) You must have a great camera, like rcf in Brandon & Dennis here in Winnipeg.

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #41 on: August 06, 2011, 14:38 »


August 6th....both chicks seen flying around the Northbank Center. Generally hanging out on the backside of the building. Adults feeding them on the rooftop.

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #40 on: August 05, 2011, 21:25 »
Gorgeous shot Dan!

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #39 on: August 05, 2011, 18:57 »


August 5,2011......One chick took to flying quite naturally, making several loops, and practicing landings. The other taking a little longer, flying from one windowsill to another. The adults watching on.

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #38 on: August 04, 2011, 20:34 »
Great photos Dan!

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #37 on: August 04, 2011, 20:25 »
Yes, great photos thank you Dan.  :D

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #36 on: August 04, 2011, 19:28 »
Wonderful photos, Dan. Thanks! :)

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #35 on: August 04, 2011, 19:18 »


One chick flew to a windowsill today. No signs of the other. Not sure if the other chick is still on the ledge out of site or if it also fled. One adult can be seen watching over the one on the window ledge from a distance.

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #34 on: August 03, 2011, 20:16 »

08/03/11

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #33 on: August 02, 2011, 23:31 »
Interesting articles. Thanks Dan. :) Yes, it is good that they were able to give Majesty some medical attention for her swollen leg. I wonder how difficult it was to capture her?
« Last Edit: August 02, 2011, 23:36 by Kinderchick »

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #32 on: August 02, 2011, 20:05 »
Glad you enjoyed the article.  Here is another link to another story on them. Not sure why, but one of the chicks is named differently in this story. http://www.abc12.com/story/15187725/peregrine-falcons-raising-another-family-in-flint#.TjgU1qU49Ww.facebook

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #31 on: August 02, 2011, 19:57 »
http://www.umflint.edu/news/university-news/peregrine-falcons-love-um-flint/

Thanks for the link.  Nice story, and glad they were able to capture majesty and fix up her leg.

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #30 on: August 02, 2011, 18:18 »


One of Barry & Majesty's chicks. (2011)


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Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2011 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #28 on: August 01, 2011, 16:51 »
2011 NESTING SEASON

I just heard that  Barry & Majesty has two chicks, (6 weeks old) in the same location as two years ago on the Northbank Center Ledge.  Camera is broke, hoping to get it fixed soon and gets some pics soon. I understand the chicks names are ELLE and EMMA.  More to come.
« Last Edit: August 01, 2011, 18:23 by Dan Waltz »

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2009 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2009, 14:56 »
Article about the Flint peregrines - Barry, Majesty & Maize

Flint, Michigan -- The under-construction former Durant Hotel may not seem like the most romantic rendezvous spot -- but that's where peregrine falcons Barry and Majestic were found nesting a few weeks ago.  nd their chick, who was born on the downtown landmark's ledge, has kind of become a University of Michigan-Flint mascot.  She was aptly named Maize.

"The name peregrine means wanderer and these birds by their nature move around a lot," said Tim Payne, Southeast Michigan wildlife supervisor with the state's Department of Natural Resources. "Why they picked this particular area in Flint is anybody's guess."

The bands on the adult birds show that 8-year-old Barry comes from Ohio and Majestic is seven years old and was born in Toronto, Canada. Peregrine pairs are true lovebirds -- they mate for life.

Barb Baldinger Maize, who was named by a UM-Flint employee who spotted the birds, was moved today about 300 feet away to a ledge on the Northbank Center to protect her from construction.  Payne was downtown today observing the birds to make sure 24-day-old Maize's parents know where she is.

In Michigan, the crow-sized peregrines known for their slate gray backs are rare and remain listed as an endangered species. The state has at least 10 known nesting pairs.  This isn't the first time the migratory birds have been spotted here.  In 2004, another pair or peregrines was also found nesting on a ledge of the onetime Durant Hotel.  Payne said peregrines seem to like cliff-like dwellings and the Durant ledge may also be desirable because it faces to the east, protecting it from winds.

The state started a program in the 1960s to reestablish the peregrine falcon population here. Nesting pairs seem to be most active in southeast Michigan.

Maize has also been banded to trace her travels. "We've got very very few of these so it's of high interest to track their success and monitor them to make sure we do have a recovering population," Payne said.

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2009 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #26 on: September 04, 2009, 22:32 »
yup!  well written B!  Sometimes falcons will just show up one, five or even more years later!!!!  Here's hoping for Maize!  You go girl!!!!!

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2009 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #25 on: September 04, 2009, 16:36 »
Just have to add that Tracy (TPC) said that once the kids have learned the life skills from the parents, it's not unusual to lose sight of them till the next year.
" No news is good news" as Tracy says. Haven't seen/heard from ours for a couple of weeks, but I am confidant that Trey and Princess have taught them everything they need to know to survive.

The parents are still around and do not seem stressed. So, to me all is well.

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2009 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #24 on: September 04, 2009, 16:29 »
I hope she's okay too...wonder if Dan has any news?

I checked his blog yesterday, and he had not seen Maize since about July 1.  :(

From his blog:

UPDATE: July 12 & 14, 6:00pm

Majesty and Barry sitting on the front ledge of Genesee County Savings Bank building. In two days it will be two weeks since Maize has been seen. As you can tell by my blog, this is very uncommon. I believe that Maize has left the area, or something had happened to her, which I find hard to believe. She was a very strong falcon and her mom and dad kept close eye on her. If she was down on a rooftop somewhere hurt I believe I would have seen some unusual behavior by Barry or Majesty. They both tend to look in opposite directions a lot. Not sure if it's for there own protection or if in fact they are scanning the skyline for Maize. Anyway, I do a lot of speculation. I just hope for the best for Maize and hope that one day she will return to the area. If not this year, maybe when she's ready to raise her own.

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2009 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2009, 23:44 »
I hope she's okay too...wonder if Dan has any news?

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2009 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2009, 19:09 »
Oh I hope she is okay as well.  She was a darling  :-*

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Re: Michigan / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2009 / Barry & Majesty
« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2009, 19:06 »
It seems that Maize has not been sighted since at least July 27. I hope she is okay. :(

Part of an update:

. . . however we are not able to find 2 at Blue Water Bridge, 1 at UofD Mercy, 1 at Monroe Powerplant, and our only Flint produced falcon 'Maize').

http://www.geocities.com/macomb_audubon/Falcon_Page_2009.htm

This great pic of Majesty is by Barb Baldinger.



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I don't believe there have been any sightings for the last few days, but there is an article on the falcon family in The Michigan Times. It refers to Majesty as "Majestic" throughout.

http://media.www.themichigantimes.com/media/storage/paper620/news/2009/07/07/LocalNews/UmFlint.Has.Unofficial.Mascot.In.maize-3750681.shtml



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What a beautiful falcon!!!  She saying: "Hey Mom and Dad, look at me, I'm flying, I'm flying!!!!"

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Thanks Alison,   That's my favorite pic. She looks very strong and happy.

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Welcome to the forum, Dan! Great pics of Maize and her family!

I especially love this pic:


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Keep up the great work Dan!!! 

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Thanks Allicat.  I never would have known how much attention my blog would get. People from around the world have visited it. It's been so much fun! Glad you enjoyed!

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Love your blog Dan...Thank you!
And those shots of Maize flying...TERRIFIC!!  She looks confident and strong!  She'll figure that landing thing sooner than later!!

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Thanks eagle63_1999. I'm so glad you enjoyed the pics. Not much to report tonight. Maize and Majesty perched near the roof staying out of the direct sunlight. Too hot to do much. 90-degrees for the second day. Barry was either out hunting or in a shady place himself. Other than that the family is doing fine.

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Hooray for Maize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  They are beautiful shots Dan.

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The pics we all been waiting for! Flint Peregrine Falcons BLOG UPDATE. http://tinyurl.com/oyslpy Maize (the baby falcon) is flying! Pg3

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Hi Dan, glad you decided to join the forum. Checked your blog out again today and I am so glad you're keeping us uptodate on what is happening. Once again welcome!

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Thanks everyone.  I'm glad you're enjoying my blog. I hope to keep it going for as long as the Peregrines stay around.

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Thanks very much for the link to this blog and great pictures.  This is a very feel good site isn't it, with such a successful fledge!

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I just saved his blog in my favorites so I will read tomorrow...

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Read Dan's blog, really interesting, will check into it again tomorrow.

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Awww..she's so cute, go Mazie!!  Thank you for the link Alison!

Oh I just read the blog and she made it back to the ledge...you go girl! 
« Last Edit: June 22, 2009, 19:31 by carly »

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Maize has fledged! Dan Waltz has shared the link to his blog on Maize and her family. It has updates and photos of the family:

http://www.danwaltz.com/blogperegrinefalconupdates2.html

One of Dan's photos of Maize:



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Is she ever beautiful!!!!

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She is a beauty for sure!!!

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MI / Flint - North Bank Centre - 2009-11
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009, 22:46 »
2009 NESTING SEASON

Majesty, born at the King Street nest in Toronto in 2002, and her mate Barry have one chick, Maize.

Maize also has some Canadian ancestry on her father's side. Her father, Barry (band black/green 36/H) was born on the I-90 Bridge in Cuyahoga County, Ohio in 2001. Barry's mother, Cascade, black band *K/0, was born in 1998 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Photos of Maize by Barb Baldinger:

 
An earlier photo                                                              Maize is now close to fledging. She is a beauty