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Re: Tower Nest - 2011 / Zeus & Alice
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2011, 09:47 »
No sign of "Alice" or her companion for the last few days.  Certainly nothing this morning.  We'll go and check "Alice's" 2010 hangouts again this week just to see if she need a change of view ...

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Re: Tower Nest - 2011 / Zeus & Alice
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2011, 21:03 »
I think that was a...Dennis get your butt and "Wowzer" out there and get me some Band #'s post   ???

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Re: Tower Nest - 2011 / Zeus & Alice
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2011, 18:28 »
I think that was a...Dennis get your butt and "Wowzer" out there and get me some Band #'s post   ???

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Re: Tower Nest - 2011 / Zeus & Alice
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2011, 11:23 »
I've seen "Annie" everyday for the last 2 weeks (give or take)... it was like clock work, both evenings and mornings she was there... but not last night... I actually didn't see anyone there, and there's been a few passing by over the last week or so...

Maybe she chose a male... and they are off doing there thing....


"Alice"  ;) is who we think this female is ... we think she's a 2009 Grand Forks daughter of Terminator from Brandon.  We first met "Alice" last summer when she spent a couple of months in south Winnipeg.

And if folks are wondering why Annie sound familiar, Annie was the name of one of our West Winnipeg chicks last year.

Thanks for keeping an eye on "Alice" and her gentleman caller - we hope the clouds will clear and we can get a better view at them and their band numbers!

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Re: Tower Nest - 2011 / Zeus & Alice
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2011, 11:12 »
I've seen "Alice" everyday for the last 2 weeks (give or take)... it was like clock work, both evenings and mornings she was there... but not last night... I actually didn't see anyone there, and there's been a few passing by over the last week or so...

Maybe she chose a male... and they are off doing there thing....
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Re: Tower Nest - 2011 / Zeus & Alice
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2011, 18:33 »
Wow...it's a falcon explosion in your city  :-*

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Re: Tower Nest - 2011 / Zeus & Alice
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2011, 18:27 »
Any more word on the big stranger? ::)

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Re: Tower Nest - 2011 / Zeus & Alice
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011, 09:13 »
Too bad we can't tell her there is an opening at the GRE Elk River site and she wouldn't need to hide.

Elk River seems to be taking care of itself  ;)
But we are keeping an eye on this female for exactly the same reason, if Mr GRE can find a new lady friend, perhaps "Alice" can find herself a boyfriend ...

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Re: Tower Nest - 2011 / Zeus & Alice
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2011, 19:00 »
Too bad we can't tell her there is an opening at the GRE Elk River site and she wouldn't need to hide.

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Re: Tower Nest - 2011 / Zeus & Alice
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2011, 13:54 »
That is a very interesting report on "Alice", the newer girl in town, TPC. Waiting to hear more. :)

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Tower Nest - 2011 / Zeus & Alice
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011, 10:24 »
We had a bird in south Winnipeg for a chunk of time in May/June/July.  We think she was a 2009 wild-hatch female from Grand Forks by the name of Alice.  "Alice" was not particularly cooperative last year, she only ever gave us hints at her leg band despite all our best efforts.  One of Alice's distinguishing features is that she is a large peregrine falcon - even for a female.

We had reports of a bird in the exact location she spent time last year about 7-10 days ago.  Its not a spot that has been used by birds in the past, not even when we had a pair in the south Winnipeg territory.  Shortly after that, we started getting a few reports of a bird (singular) hanging out further down Portage Avenue.  We caught sight of the bird and it turned out to be Beau, not surprising given that both Beau and Jules tend to wander west and south during their courtship period. 

When we got reports again late last week, we wondered if Beau was still wandering that far when we knew that Jules wasn't.  So off we went on Saturday in the rain and the wind.  Some would say not very good weather for bird watching and they would be right - hard to see when your field glasses or lens is covered in raindrops and the light is so poor you can't distinguish detail at a distance.  It is however better weather if you are hunting down something in particular - our birds mostly don't like to fly in the rain, so they find a spot and park themselves.  And that is what we were looking for. 

We checked on the WW birds and they were wet and miserable and trying to stay out of the driving rain.  Next we found the "bird" and our first thought was "wow, that bird is big".  Sound familiar?  The light was too poor to get a look at anything and bird was not going to help us in the least.  We suspect that this bird is "Alice" and she is alone (we scoured the area).  We suspect that since the Radisson birds are on eggs and the WW birds have started to settle in one area, and she doesn't have a mate, that she feels more comfortable hanging out at the fringes of the WW territory.  Bit like Cowboy and Kate in fact.  "Alice" is quiet and has chosen spots that while not hiding, don't wave a flag at the nearby, broody, resident pair.

Now that we have some days with sun on the forecast horizon we'll see what we can find out about "Alice".  We will be able to rule out our suspicions very quickly by the band colour - her band colour combination is unlike all the other birds we have in Manitoba at the moment.

More news as we have it!