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Ohio / Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2015 / Boomer & Newton
« Reply #169 on: September 16, 2015, 10:24 »
Well that sucks, they had already had a bad year ...

This from May of this year ...

It is with sadness that we acknowledge the loss of Newton and Boomer’s lone eyas of 2015. The specifics are still somewhat unclear, however as one can tell from the Falconcam, Newton and Boomer have ceased any parenting behavior, including incubation, at the nest site. At this point the 4 remaining eggs have long ceased to be viable.

Read more here - http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/news.php?item.176.3


May was not a good month this year at lots of nestsites in Canada and the US.

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Ohio / Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2015 / Boomer & Newton
« Reply #168 on: September 10, 2015, 15:07 »
it is with heavy heart that I relay the news of Boomers passing. some of us watched Boomer from the egg stage . He had a special place for me and for many others. He was offspring of Scout and Orville.

From C&C's FB page:

Body of the Terminal Tower's Boomer Found: RIP to Boomer, a handsome, steady, and reliable mate and a part of the TT's magnificent peregrine legacy! As we all suspected when a new male appeared at the TT nest tray in place of Boomer this summer, Boomer met his demise. We can only speculate that he was likely killed in a territory battle, possibly having battled the current resident tiercel at the site, Stacker, who has paired with Newton since June. Laurie Graber from DOW informed us that Boomer's body was found on the Rockefeller Building, which is a few blocks to the northwest of the Terminal Tower. Boomer is deserving of a much more complete tribute, but for now we'll post this pic of Boomer when he was resting comfortably at the tray with one eye shut and one of his molted primaries propped up beside him...

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1220331461325957.1073742255.590679534291156&type=3

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Terminal Tower - 2013 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #167 on: May 08, 2013, 13:33 »
It looks like two chicks hatched out of the four eggs at this site.  The first on April 21st and the second sometime before April 24th.
They are growing in leaps and bounds :D

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Terminal Tower - 2013 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #166 on: March 22, 2013, 22:38 »
4th egg arrived Thursday.

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Terminal Tower - 2013 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #165 on: March 18, 2013, 22:39 »
Third egg at this site.

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Terminal Tower - 2013 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #164 on: March 16, 2013, 21:58 »
News from the site: Second egg today @ 7:52am.

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Terminal Tower - 2013 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #163 on: March 14, 2013, 17:50 »
2013 NESTING SEASON

First egg today for this site.

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Terminal Tower - 2012 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #162 on: April 24, 2012, 20:53 »
2012 NESTING SEASON

4 eggs laid at this nestsite, with a successful hatch last week. However, some sad news about the 1st egg. :'(

Info from the website...

SW and Boomer welcomed their first chick of the 2012 season this morning, Thursday, April 19, 2012.

This joyous news is tempered with sadness however. The first egg to pip ran into difficulty hatching. Instead of scoring the inside of the blunt end of the eggshell, it excavated along the flank of the egg. All of its work could not force open a avenue for its escape and after struggling for two days, it has apparently died, stuck to the membrane within its shell.


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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #161 on: May 11, 2011, 22:44 »
It was banding day for the 3 chicks today. A report from the BCAW site:

Posted by bobbytimewarp who attended the banding,

"An event downtown caused DOW and others to run a bit late..
the wire to the drawbridge is no longer there, so they got the chicks out with it down..
actually, i thought SW was a bit more relaxed with the drawbridge down..
boomer brought food into the nest and SW was about to feed when they opened the windows.. they didn't want a feeding to occur..
bands are black over red..
2 females, 1 male..
76/D is female "Soarer"
75/D is female "Sabby"
32/B is the male "Spark"
females were named by Deb Mathies' kids and Mike and Christa's John named Spark..."

More photos and info at http://www.peregrinefalcon-bcaw.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=716&start=280
« Last Edit: May 11, 2011, 22:46 by LinderLou »

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #160 on: April 26, 2011, 18:41 »
He doesn't have a chick pile to hold him down.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #159 on: April 26, 2011, 13:01 »
On a more positive note, we have a new hatch here today..so 3 babies now and little one looks healthy and mom is caring for it.  :-*
« Last Edit: April 26, 2011, 18:54 by carly »

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #158 on: April 23, 2011, 14:18 »
2 chicks! Great news! ;D ;D

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #157 on: April 23, 2011, 09:40 »
We have two hatches this morning!!   :-* :-*

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #156 on: March 23, 2011, 16:03 »
Egg #4  :-*

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #155 on: March 20, 2011, 17:03 »
Egg #3 for SW and Boomer!!!

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #154 on: March 18, 2011, 07:04 »
Egg #2 for SW and Boomer this morning  :-* :-*

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #153 on: March 16, 2011, 13:28 »
And still no sign of Ranger, after all these weeks? ???

No nothing yet KC but no news could be good news - I truly hope so!  Perhaps birds, like humans, suffer from some memory loss after a head injury.  I hope he's flying free and is happy  :-*

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #152 on: March 16, 2011, 13:11 »
And still no sign of Ranger, after all these weeks? ???

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #151 on: March 16, 2011, 07:28 »
First egg this morning for SW and Boomer  ;D ;D

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #150 on: February 14, 2011, 07:19 »
It's been quiet and calm here hence the lack of updates.  Both SW and Boomer have been spotted by C&C and no sign of Ranger yet however with the days getting longer now that may change! 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #149 on: January 28, 2011, 17:56 »
Thanks for voicing your perspective on things, where Ranger is concerned, TPC. :) So I won't worry about him anymore, at least for a few weeks! ;)

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #148 on: January 28, 2011, 16:02 »
You opinion is always good TPC and based on good knowledge!  I guess we'll find out in the next few weeks for sure.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #147 on: January 28, 2011, 09:40 »
Given that its the middle of the winter even in Ohio, chances are he sees no biological need to rush back to the Tower.  He's off hunting and doing things the peregrines do in the off-season.  Also, it is just as likely he has been back to check out the nestsite but its not like spring when they want to put their toes all over what is there.  He flies past, maybe sees SW and Boomer in his travels, but he hormonal urges haven't kicked in yet, so he's letting it slide - smart if he plans to be the resident male on the territory - don't waste effort, or at least not until you need to.

Just my opinion of course  ;)

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #146 on: January 28, 2011, 05:00 »
Hmmm... I wonder where Ranger could have gone?  :-\ I felt certain he would turn up at the Terminal Tower soon after  he was released.

 I wonder if his head injury really did affect his memory and he will just find a new home or maybe he came, he saw and decided not to bother.  I do hope he's okay though. Sometimes they do well in rehab but not so much back in the wild.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #145 on: January 27, 2011, 19:41 »
Hmmm... I wonder where Ranger could have gone?  :-\ I felt certain he would turn up at the Terminal Tower soon after  he was released.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #144 on: January 27, 2011, 16:12 »
All quiet the past 2 days at the site.  Both SW and Boomer paid a visit to the nestbox today, both seemed calm  :-*

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #143 on: January 25, 2011, 19:49 »
Oh dear, much as I don't want to hear of a territorial fight at the nest site, I do hope that we have some news of Ranger soon. Hope that he is okay. :-\

I know what you mean KC, I think we all feel the same way. 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #142 on: January 25, 2011, 18:41 »
Oh dear, much as I don't want to hear of a territorial fight at the nest site, I do hope that we have some news of Ranger soon. Hope that he is okay. :-\

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #141 on: January 25, 2011, 18:27 »
C&C just posted and they said no sign of Ranger at TT when they were there today.  Some photos of SW and Boomer on another building where they are hanging out.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #140 on: January 25, 2011, 17:25 »
All was quiet today on cam.  Just have to wait and see if Scott posts a report tonight.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #139 on: January 24, 2011, 13:22 »
There is also information and photos on Ranger's release on the CMNH website including updates for those keeping an eye on the Terminal Tower ...

http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/news.php

... and no footprints on the nestledge so far ...

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #138 on: January 24, 2011, 13:00 »
Thanks for the direct video link of Ranger's release yesterday, carly! Great to watch! :D Any news as to whether or not he is back at the Terminal Tower? ???

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #137 on: January 24, 2011, 04:57 »
The photos of Ranger's release that were posted on the Terminal Tower Forum and that were taken by Chad & Chris are absolutely stunning! :D But where might I view the video? ??? Can't seem to locate it. ::)

Here is the direct link kinderchick!  Lots more photos posted last night as well on CMNH

http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll108/bobbytimewarp/?action=view&current=100_5457.mp4&newest=1

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #136 on: January 23, 2011, 20:37 »
The photos of Ranger's release that were posted on the Terminal Tower Forum and that were taken by Chad & Chris are absolutely stunning! :D But where might I view the video? ??? Can't seem to locate it. ::)

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #135 on: January 23, 2011, 18:20 »
Watched the video of Ranger's release and he looked great!

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #134 on: January 23, 2011, 16:19 »
Info and video of Ranger's release this morning posted by bobby!

http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?55842.50

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #133 on: January 23, 2011, 09:13 »
Thanks for reminding us, carly. :D

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #132 on: January 23, 2011, 09:00 »
Rangers' release is taking place this morning at 11 am EST and they're releasing him 30 miles from the site. 

You can watch the refresh cams on the home page.  Doubtful we'll see him at the nest box unless Boomer is not around and he zips in un noticed but you never know. 

When Milton was released last year, he sped right home and Jack was at our site so he was able to go right to the nest ledge and hang out for awhile.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #131 on: January 21, 2011, 13:31 »
Thanks for posting this info, LinderLou. Yes, it certainly will be interesting to see what is going to happen if (or should I say when?) Ranger makes his way back to the Terminal Tower in Cleveland. :o Still, I'm happy to hear that he has made such a remarkable recovery. :)

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #130 on: January 21, 2011, 12:29 »
I'll be watching too.  This is reminiscent of Milton and Jack last year after Milton's release - I expect he'll be home quite quickly.  I hope they will have watchers on the ground just in case.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2011 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #129 on: January 20, 2011, 22:38 »
Latest news on Ranger's release.
http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?55842.40#post_57508
Apparently the release site is 30 miles from Cleveland, so won't take him long to get back to the Terminal Tower site. Will be checking in Sunday to see if he does turn up at the site and if there is a fight between him and Boomer.

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Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2011-2013 / Boomer & SW
« Reply #128 on: January 18, 2011, 22:55 »
2011 NESTING SEASON

I have attached a link from the CMNH Falcon Cam regarding news about Ranger. There are also photos.
http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?55842.30#post_57215
« Last Edit: January 18, 2011, 22:57 by LinderLou »

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #127 on: October 24, 2010, 12:34 »
Thanks Linder.  I was on the site last night and couldn't seem to find any information.

Thanks for posting.....very happy news that Ranger is doing well! 

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #126 on: October 24, 2010, 11:21 »
Oh, this is great news, LinderLou!  :D Thanks for posting it!  :)
« Last Edit: October 24, 2010, 11:25 by Kinderchick »

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #125 on: October 24, 2010, 00:36 »
Checked in to see if any news on Ranger and saw this posting:

As reported by Chad & Chris today at CMNH. This is such happy news for me.
"Ranger is doing great! He has been successful catching live prey that is released into the cage. Laura hasn't been able to open up the connecting cage for him yet to give him more "flight space" because she has a full house with other raptor patients. But things are still looking good for him to be released, most likely at the end of winter or into the early spring. We plan to make it back there soon and if it works out we'll try to post a pic or two of him with our next update."

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #124 on: September 08, 2010, 19:18 »
GO RANGER!!!!!!!  Great to know that he's doing well! 

That goes for me too!!   :)

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #123 on: September 07, 2010, 21:36 »
GO RANGER!!!!!!!  Great to know that he's doing well! 

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #122 on: September 07, 2010, 17:20 »
Thanks for posting this update on Ranger's rehab progress, LinderLou.  :)

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #121 on: September 07, 2010, 10:57 »
It is interesting to get these updates on the stages of rehab for Ranger.  thanks Linderlou.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #120 on: September 07, 2010, 01:03 »
Latest update from the CMNH website:
Went out to see how Ranger was doing again this past week and he has made some vast improvements! He was in a bigger cage and we watched him fly to different perches with no noticeable difficulty landing or with his balance. He was again very tuned into movement and a few times he flew from the ground straight up to the perches.

We wanted to see how he would do with a full bird (as he wasn't holding and tearing it before and Laura had to cut it into pieces to feed him), so Laura gave him two small birds. We watched him grasp and pluck both birds, tearing and eating them.


We asked Laura to let us know when she puts him into a bigger flight cage so that we could observe him again, and she decided that we could do it then. So, we got Ranger (he was quite fiesty) and when we put him on the ground in his new cage he flew immediately to the furthest and highest perch in the cage. This cage also has a camera in it, so Laura will be able to observe him and show Dr. Riggs his behavior.

We were all very encouraged, and if he keeps improving a future release is possible. As he shows continued improvement, this cage can also be expanded by opening it up to another connecting cage in the back forming an "L" so he would be able to bank and turn and fly a little further.

We will continue to post updates as we know more. Go Ranger-- we're all rooting for ya!

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #119 on: September 01, 2010, 00:09 »
Thanks for the news on Boomer Carly. Quite the lineage, so glad that we have news on one of Scout and Orvilles offspring. Will be watching this site to see what transpires and hope we will be seeing good happenings.  ;D ;D

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #118 on: August 31, 2010, 05:05 »
Visited the BCAW site and apparently SW is visited regularly by a new male who has been identified as:
He is BOOMER!! C/66 2008 Columbus!!
Will post more info when known or if anyone else knows, please post.

Boomer has quite the lineage, apart from being the son of Scout and Orville, he's descended from quite a few famous falcons including Mercury, Snowball, Bandit, Rosevelt and Buckeye (all names we are familiar with through Alisons great stories and updates)!  It's quite fascinating..almost feel sorry for the little guy as he as he has so much to live up to now!  

Juanita has put up a great chart of his geneology here and if you go back through the thread you can see when he was first spotted here and some photos of him and SW in the nest box bowing to each other!

http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?55614.40

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #117 on: August 30, 2010, 22:45 »
Visited the BCAW site and apparently SW is visited regularly by a new male who has been identified as:
He is BOOMER!! C/66 2008 Columbus!!
Will post more info when known or if anyone else knows, please post.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #116 on: August 16, 2010, 23:02 »
A few updates from the Terminal Tower site: 

June 24th, 2010:
"It was brought to our attention that some people are a bit frustrated by the lack of information about the TT nest and fledglings. With all of the care and concern that everyone has for this nest, it's understandable, but please try to understand that there isn't much news to report. We don't want to speak for Scott (and of course, he has more pressing issues on his mind with his mom), but when we filled in for him in the past we realized that it is very difficult to keep up with post-fledge activity at the TT. Some nest sites lend themselves to observing after the juvies fledge, as the young stay closer to the nest site and low enough to view and ID. At the TT, the juvies can be on the tops of the highest buildings and a block or two away within the week of fledging. So, going downtown to try to observe them can be quite difficult. As we mentioned when we last posted, even when we did see SW and the juvies they were very high up (to the point that you wouldn't have been able to pick them out as peregrines without binoculars, and you'd never be able to ID them up there, even with a spotting scope). As for Ranger, we have been in contact with Laura Jordan of the Medina Raptor Center almost daily, but we have nothing to report beyond Harvey's updates. Unfortunately, it's a waiting game now to see if his condition can improve and they will be reassessing him in 1-2 weeks. Hope this helps somewhat, but sometimes it seems that "no news is good news" at this stage." 


June 27th, 2010:
Arrow Recued fom TT Rooftop
On Thursday, June 24th, I received a call from the Tower City management office reporting a falcon down and in distress on the 16th floor of the Terminal Tower complex. Jim Maier of Tower City met my daughter and me and took us to an office with an window opening on the roof. An immature female Peregrine was lying in a corner of the roof deck. I went out on the roof and grabbed her. She struggled but had difficulty standing. It was Arrow, 58/H. She was not emaciated and had good meat on her chest. She was breathing hard and seemed to have blood around the opening to her trachea. Her tongue was discolored indicating she might be dehydrated. We took her back to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, administered fluids and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent and set her up in a small cage. We made arrangements to have her taken to Laura Jordan of the Medina Raptor Center the following morning. I received a message from Laura late Friday afternoon and she reported that Dr. Riggs could not find any broken bones, injury or indication of disease. Laura was going to set Arrow up in a flight cage and give her the weekend to gain strength, rehydrate and get her wits about her. Our hope is that she will be releasable sometime this week. I will update on Monday as we learn more.

Ranger's condition remains the same.



June 28th, 2010:
Arrow's Passing
Laura Jordan of the Medina Raptor Center reported that Arrow was found dead in her enclosure Sunday morning. Clearly her internal injuries were more severe than the vet had thought on Friday. In talking with Laura she said it was clear that Arrow had suffered head trauma and though feisty and defensive when being handled, on her own she struggled to stand and was clearly in significant trouble. Dr. Riggs thought that she probably had a slow arterial bleed in her cranium that ultimately took her life.

Chris and Chad Saladin reported the following on Sunday
"On the more positive side, out of pure luck we managed to see some peregrine action on Saturday evening as we swung through the TT on our way home from the Tower East site. One juvie was calling as he/she was flying high up by the Courthouse building, and then swung around to the other side where another juvie joined him/her in flight, and then both darted toward the back of the TT. As we were watching, the two less graceful flyers (obviously juvies in comparison) were calling and chasing another peregrine (we assume it was SW, of course). It was late, so fairly silhouetted, but it had to be Dart and Spike chasing SW."
« Last Edit: August 16, 2010, 23:06 by allikat »

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #115 on: June 20, 2010, 14:33 »
Update on Ranger as of Friday, June 18th:


Ranger's Condition:
A voice-mail received from Laura Jordan of the Medina Raptor Center about Ranger this afternoon Friday, June 18, 2010. He is still being force-fed and Dr. Riggs is concerned about possible lesions in one eye. Laura said that Dr. Riggs wants to see Ranger challenged in a larger enclosure next week to see if that might stimulate his appetite. It will also allow Dr. Riggs to assess his vision. There will be an update next week to report on any further progress at that time.
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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #114 on: June 14, 2010, 20:37 »
VERY positive thoughts for Ranger....

Is there any update on how SW is coping?

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #113 on: June 14, 2010, 16:21 »
Oh, I feel so sad for Ranger.  :'( I, too, send positive thoughts.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #112 on: June 14, 2010, 12:33 »
Further Update on Ranger's Condition

As of Monday afternoon, Ranger has made very slight improvement over the weekend. He is able to perch but not walk. He has to be force-fed as he refuses food on his own. Laura Jordan of the Medina Raptor Center is worried that his vision is impaired in one eye. The more time he spends down in this condition means the more time it will take to prepare him for release should he make a full recovery. All of this suggests that Ranger is in for a long convalescence and will not be releasable any time soon. I will update when there are changes in his condition.


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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #111 on: June 11, 2010, 15:17 »
Update on Ranger from the CMNH site:

I talked with Laura Jordan of the Medina Raptor Center at 2:45 pm on Friday, 6/11/2010. She reported that Ranger made it through last night at Dr. Riggs' veterinary clinic and, though he is very serious condition, there is some slight indication of improvement. He will be returned to Medina Raptor Center for weekend care and then returned to Dr. Riggs for a neurological assessment on Monday. I will post an update on Monday regarding his condition at that time.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #110 on: June 11, 2010, 08:40 »
That is very sad to hear,  :'( I will be thinking positive thoughts for Ranger.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #109 on: June 11, 2010, 08:13 »
Ranger Suffers Head Trauma in Collision with Building

Laura Jordan of the Medina Raptor Center relayed a message to the Museum that a falcon had been recovered on the sidewalk at the base of the Fifth Third Building at 600 Superior Avenue on Thursday at 9:50 AM and was being held in a box by building security. I retrieved the bird at 10:45 am. It was Ranger. He had apparently collided with the building and had collapsed on the sidewalk. No one witnessed the collision so we are unaware of why he hit the building. This is close to the territorial boundary between the Terminal Tower falcons and the Bohn Buildng falcons. So perhaps it was a territorial dispute.

Ranger was very groggy and had blood in his mouth and throat. Though able to stand and responsive to stimuli around him, he definitely was not ready to be released. I brought him back to the Museum and contacted Laura. We agreed that he needed veterinary assessment. He was transported to the Medina Raptor Center and then to Dr. Riggs. At last report (around 5:00 pm Thursday afternoon) Laura expressed deep concern over the head injury and gave a guarded prognosis. His condition had not improved over the course of the afternoon. If anything he was worse.

I will update as we learn more about his condition. We will all be keeping a close eye on SW and the three fledglings. There are numerous examples of a single Peregrine parent successfully caring for its late stage nestlings on its own. SW is clearly very experienced and should be up to the task.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #108 on: May 15, 2010, 13:48 »
Peregrine falcons are nesting in record numbers; half are in Northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- On any given day, the fastest flyers in the world perform acrobatics over downtown Cleveland, bringing business meetings to a halt, thrilling lunchtime crowds on Public Square and scattering flocks of terrorized pigeons.

Peregrine falcons, once at the top of the federal Endangered Species list, have bounced back in unprecedented numbers -- especially here in Northeast Ohio.  The region is home to half of the 26 nests with eggs or chicks spotted this spring in Ohio. And the Cleveland area boasts 10 of the nests, including one at Terminal Tower that round-the-clock web cameras beam to a worldwide audience.  What a difference three decades can make.

Before DDT was banned in 1972, pesticide poisoning drove peregrine falcons to the brink of extinction, and completely wiped them out east of the Mississippi River. Soon thereafter, captive-breeding programs using western birds helped to reestablish the species in the East.  The resilient raptors ended up thriving in some of the most improbable settings, such as Cleveland. In fact, the urban landscape proved to be an inviting nesting area, said Harvey Webster, director of wildlife resources at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and a falcon aficionado

The crevices and alcoves of skyscrapers and the walled canyons of downtown streets remind the falcons of their natural nesting environment on the mountain cliffs and ledges of the West. The city also offers an all-you-can-eat supply of pigeons and other flying food. Urban birdwatchers gaze in awe as the crow-size falcons cruise high overhead, surveying potential prey, then tucking their wings and plunging like a fighter jet at speeds up to 200 mph. When the spectacular hunters hit their targets, feathers fly and the stricken birds drop -- usually already dead. The streamlined raptors then pluck their kill in mid-air and carry them to a ledge for casual consumption.

"They are such a thrill to watch," said Webster. "They put on a show like no other."  No peregrine falcons better symbolize the species' successful urban adaptation than those that have resided on a 12th floor window ledge of the Terminal Tower. Peregrines first established residency there in 1988. Since then, three different males and three females have occupied the aerie, fledging more than 50 chicks during that time.

Naturalists from Ohio's Division of Wildlife banded three falcon chicks at the tower on Friday. And three cameras trained on the nest provide images, including the daily meal times, at http://snipurl.com/w8ogb at one-minute intervals.


http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/05/post_290.html

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #107 on: May 02, 2010, 19:17 »
I just love these photos, Alison! Thanks! :D

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #106 on: May 02, 2010, 15:31 »
I'm so glad that all three chicks hatched for SW and Ranger!

Didn't have time to post these yesterday:

 

 

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #105 on: April 29, 2010, 12:57 »
The last egg hatched overnight, three chicks for SW and Ranger  :-* :-* :-*
Woo Hoo! :-* :-* :-*

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #104 on: April 29, 2010, 05:05 »
The last egg hatched overnight, three chicks for SW and Ranger  :-* :-* :-*

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #103 on: April 27, 2010, 22:08 »
Many visitors to this website have been concerned about the cables that the falcons have pulled down into the nest tray. They should pose no threat to the chicks in their first three weeks.The only function of the cables is to pull up the 'drawbridge' on banding day so that the chicks stay in the nest. They will be removed at the conclusion of the banding event.

Those cables exactly resemble coax cables used for video/data.  One cable is complete with a camera connector.  I have my doubts about the "Drawbridge" theory.  :(
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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #102 on: April 27, 2010, 21:57 »
Love the photos of SW and Ranger with their two adorable little chicks!  I'm so happy for these two. 
I remember how nervous Ranger was......I'll have to go back and see that picture of him peeking around the corner... I can just see the caption, " is she still there, maybe I'll just take a peek, ooop, I think she saw me!"

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #101 on: April 27, 2010, 21:53 »
Two chicks have hatched now!
Great news, Alison! :D What a great mama, to keep her chicks and eggs so dry! Thanks for the photos, Alison! :D

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #100 on: April 27, 2010, 17:22 »
And looks like the weather has improved for the new little family!

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #99 on: April 27, 2010, 16:10 »
So nice to see two little heads here today  :-* :-*   Thanks for the photos Alison!

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #98 on: April 27, 2010, 15:55 »
Two chicks have hatched now!

SW:


SW, Ranger and their two chicks:
 

Ranger looks so proud:
 

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #97 on: April 26, 2010, 21:17 »
Awwww! Just look at how dry the gravel is where the chick and eggs are! What a great mama! :D

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #96 on: April 26, 2010, 17:29 »
So nice to see! 
Look how wet the gravel is all around.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #95 on: April 26, 2010, 16:44 »
One more pic of the tiny one:



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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #94 on: April 26, 2010, 16:42 »
Awwww....what a little cutie!
Way to go SW and Ranger!!!

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #93 on: April 26, 2010, 16:35 »
Poor SW, she's had a wet 24 hours but she kept the chick and the eggs dry and warm!  You have to love the Pefa, they are just awesome parents!

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #92 on: April 26, 2010, 16:25 »
SW and Ranger have their very first chick:



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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #91 on: April 25, 2010, 22:04 »
That is one very wet mama bird, just incredibly tight to the brood. 
I hope that gravel is well drained.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #90 on: April 25, 2010, 20:22 »
We have a hatch or two here!  It's pouring rain and SW is soaking wet so we can't see yet how many but egg shells are around her!

Poor girl she is wet and tired!  Hopefully in the morning we will be able to see how many and hopefully it will be dry for them  :-*

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #89 on: April 24, 2010, 12:46 »
A few people posted shots of three eggs from 6 am this morning so I'm not sure if the person who saw 2 might not be mistaken.  It happens, sometimes from the angle 2 eggs can look like one, hopefully all is well.  They are due to hatch soon so we'll know !

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #88 on: April 24, 2010, 12:40 »
I am wondering if any of the eggs got chilled or froze? :-\ In looking back at previous photos, I noticed snow in the nest box.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #87 on: April 24, 2010, 06:38 »
Well not good news, that pipped egg wasn't hatched 5 days later and this morning reports say only 2 eggs in the nestbox now.  One they had disposed of early in the game to bring it down to 3, now down to 2. 

I am waiting to see if she gets up to confirm if it's 2 or 3 still.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #86 on: April 19, 2010, 21:01 »
Good news about the first "pip", carly!  :) Can you believe that I just learned what that meant only a few days ago! ::) And thanks for posting a reassuring comment about the cables that I am seeing in the photos. I was a bit concerned about them myself.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #85 on: April 19, 2010, 18:15 »
First pip reported at CMNH!

First Pip

Scott Wright phoned around noon, Monday April 19th, 2010 to say that he observed a small pip in one of the eggs. It usually takes 24 - 48 hours from pip to hatch so stay tuned to the Falconcam over the next two days to see the hatch. Watch for Scott's updates in his thread in the Forum section of this website.

Many visitors to this website have been concerned about the cables that the falcons have pulled down into the nest tray. They should pose no threat to the chicks in their first three weeks.The only function of the cables is to pull up the 'drawbridge' on banding day so that the chicks stay in the nest. They will be removed at the conclusion of the banding event.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #84 on: April 17, 2010, 14:03 »
Ranger seems to like incubating, and he's been doing a really good job. I've noticed that he has been spending quite a bit of time on the eggs, so I think SW must be satisfied. She has a fairly distant perch on a building from which she can see the nest ledge and Ranger . . .

Ranger:
 

SW:
 

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #83 on: April 01, 2010, 18:16 »
Part Deux - as I exceeded the post limit  :-\

DID YOU EVER !!!  :D :-*

Sorry TPC, I thought it was interesting information so I didn't want to edit it.  :-\

You didn't have to edit, just not often do we hit the max word count!!! All's well  :-*

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #82 on: April 01, 2010, 17:17 »
thanks Carly. Very interesting to read.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #81 on: April 01, 2010, 16:25 »
Part Deux - as I exceeded the post limit  :-\

DID YOU EVER !!!  :D :-*

Sorry TPC, I thought it was interesting information so I didn't want to edit it.  :-\

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #80 on: April 01, 2010, 15:07 »
Part Deux - as I exceeded the post limit  :-\

DID YOU EVER !!!  :D :-*

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #79 on: April 01, 2010, 12:42 »
Part Deux - as I exceeded the post limit  :-\

Whatever the scenario, the absence of eggshell remains is curious. In 2007, the broken eggshell could be seen in the nest box for days after it broke. Peregrines will sometimes consume the eggshell remains after the chicks hatch. Possibly for the seven minutes that SW was in the head tuck posture she was consuming the shell fragments right after the egg broke. It is odd that her abdominal feathers did not appear to be soiled. In 2007 SW’s belly feathers were wet from the liquid contents of the egg. Scott Wright’s photos from Tuesday do show what appears to be albumen from the broken egg adhering to two of the surviving eggs.

Though it is a disappointment that S/W will not have another 4 chick season, this is precisely why Peregrine Falcons have clutches of 3 or 4 eggs. This annual productivity compensates for the inevitable losses that occur with eggs, chicks, fledglings and juveniles. Clutch size is a balance between how many young the adults can successfully parent given available internal and environmental resources and the need to produce adequate numbers to sustain the population.

Will there be some evidence at the nest that might indicate what really happened to the mysterious egg? By now it is doubtful. So we might never know the real story.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #78 on: April 01, 2010, 12:41 »
From the website, the official explanation of the exploding (  :P ) egg!

[b]The Case of the Missing Egg[/b]
A mystery unfolded on Monday, 5/29/2010 at the nest on the terminal tower’s 12th floor. 4 eggs in a tight clutch at 12:05 pm. One minute later SW moves over the eggs in an awkward pose as if she is turning the eggs. Ranger shows up at the right side of the nest platform but SW stays in the same pose for the next seven minutes. She finally settles down over the eggs. At the next shift change when the eggs are visible at 3:42 pm, there are only three eggs and no sign of the fourth, no eggshells, nada. What gives?

First, it is not without precedent for SW to lose an egg. It happened in 2007. She laid her first egg, then her second. A day later the second egg broke. She followed with a third and fourth egg. The first egg was covered with the egg whites and yolk from the broken second egg and she avoided incubating the egg for a time. Only the third and fourth eggs hatched that year giving us Erie and Treasure. Erie died at the Terminal later that summer. Treasure is part of a pair at Port Colbourne in Ontario.

So what might have caused the egg to break? Possibly disturbance at the nest site might have caused either S/W or Ranger to accidentally break the egg. We know Peregrines to be very careful and effective parents. However, this is Ranger’s first experience as an incubating adult and he could have been clumsy when attending the eggs. That being said, there is no evidence from the Falconcam archives at the time to suggest that anything was amiss with SW or Ranger. Quite the contrary, everything appeared normal.

Another possibility is that there was an inherent structural deformity in the egg. The formation of the egg in the oviduct of the female is an extremely complicated and resource intensive process. All of the ingredients needed to cook up one new peregrine falcon chick have to be assembled and neatly packaged in a supremely well-designed calcium carbonate container. And this packaging is accomplished in roughly 24 hours. Disturbance to the female at this time or internal challenges, such as pesticides, disease, poor quality diet, or age could compromise the process of forming the shell. The resulting egg lacks the necessary structural integrity and collapses under the weight of the female as she attempts to incubate.

Do any of these attributes apply to S/W? Disease – no, she seems to be very fit and active. Diet - no, she is dining on the finest selection of pigeons, songbirds, woodcock and other birds that a Peregrine Falcon could hope for.

Pesticides or other environmental contaminants are always a possibility with Peregrines. After all it was DDT and other organochlorine pesticides that endangered Peregrine Falcons in the first place. Though DDT was banned over 30 years ago, it is still present in the environment although not at levels that threaten Peregrines. Other toxins like PCBs are a constant threat. New threats are cropping up. For example, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), chemicals widely used as flame retardants, have been identified in Peregrine Falcon eggs in Sweden, Greenland and elsewhere, far from the original source or use of the chemical. What effect these contaminants might have on Peregrines is not well understood.

In S/W’s case however, there is nothing in her past history to suggest any difficulty in producing healthy eggs. Quite the contrary, she has been downright prolific.

That leaves age. SW is 12 years old. Falconers that propagate Peregrines in captivity often report that productivity dramatically drops by the 14th year and they usually retire their birds from breeding at that time. The Peregrine Falcons on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Lou and Jean, were obtained from a breeder who retired them for just this reason. SW is creeping up on that age where you might expect to see some egg failure.

Or in the end, perhaps some physical disturbance, passing trauma or environmental stress occurred just before the laying of that egg that compromised the formation of its eggshell. It was simply a ‘bad egg.’ The egg would not have exploded as some have speculated. It would have simply collapsed.

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #77 on: March 31, 2010, 09:30 »
One of SW's eggs may have exploded - they said it looked blue - so now she has three?!  This happened to her before apparently.  What causes that TPC?  She's around 12 I believe, would age be a factor or does this type of thing just happen sometimes?

As amazing a peregrines are, explosive eggs are not one of their many talents.  Looking at the snow in the box, it may be that there was already a flaw with the egg and the cold made it freeze and break ... she or he might have rolled it out knowing there was a problem and ... and ... and ... that's the best I can come up with.  Or I guess the egg could have broken and they broke it up, might that not look like an explosion?  All just wild guesses on my part Carly - I will be very interested to hear what the Cleveland folks say ...

... in case we get exploding eggs too  ;)

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #76 on: March 31, 2010, 04:52 »
One of SW's eggs may have exploded - they said it looked blue - so now she has three?!  This happened to her before apparently.  What causes that TPC?  She's around 12 I believe, would age be a factor or does this type of thing just happen sometimes?

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #75 on: March 26, 2010, 17:32 »
Sw laid her fourth egg this morning. Since she and Ranger are incubating in the snow, I haven't had a chance to see the eggs.

Here is Ranger incubating; he must be a little smaller than SW, since he does not fill the circle:



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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #74 on: March 24, 2010, 22:18 »
EXCELLENT!!!   Awwww, this is great for SW and her new mate Ranger.  He will surely be put to the test come hatch time.  Congrats to them!

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #73 on: March 24, 2010, 20:37 »
SW and her new young mate Ranger have three eggs, laid on March 19, March 21 and March 23 respectively:

SW incubating:
 

Ranger:


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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #72 on: February 26, 2010, 18:33 »
Can't really tell whether this is SW or Ranger:

 

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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #71 on: February 24, 2010, 21:11 »
One of the three cams has now been activated, and Ranger was working on the scrape today:

 



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Re: Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #70 on: January 24, 2010, 07:34 »
Great photos and love the caption Alison... ;D

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Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2010 / Ranger & SW
« Reply #69 on: January 23, 2010, 20:37 »
2010 NESTING SEASON

Ranger and SW and still there, and seem to be bonding.

Photos by Chad and Chris Saladin:

 
SW explaining the rules to Ranger                         Bonding

 
SW in a stoop                                       Ranger has his own unique style

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #68 on: December 29, 2009, 20:26 »
Beautiful!!!!  Good luck to Rotor!  She looks very determined in the third photo! 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #67 on: December 29, 2009, 20:20 »
Ranger's family

Ranger is one of four chicks born at Eastlake in 2008. He has a brother, Current, B/93, and two sisters, Rotor (S/42) and Rebel (S/43). I haven't seen photos of Current or Rebel, but Rotor looks as if she, like Ranger, is a good size.

 
Photos of Rotor by Larry Kirtley.                                       The prey in this photo is a Canada Goose
These were taken at the end of last year, when Rotor was in Ontario.


Rotor is a beauty.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #66 on: December 23, 2009, 15:21 »
Stronger & heavier would make them less maneurverable I'm afraid Elaine, not something one necessarily wants in an urban environment where quick means survival amidst the tall buildings.  I have noticed that there have been more reports recently of birds that were identified as males (think Hurricane and Taku) who turned out to be females.  So the argument could go both ways, some birds are getting much bigger, some may be getting smaller.  Or it could just be natural fluctuations. 

Or Ranger could just have big feet for a boy  :D

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #65 on: December 23, 2009, 11:11 »
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  Ranger is a large male isn't he?  he's almost the same size as her.  I was poking around the Washington site last night and they were talking about the two chicks they banded earlier this year and said the female juvie took the largest band available - a 7B whereas most all females take a 7a and the male took the 7a band!!  They said they had noticed that in the past few years the falcons seem to be larger than in previous years.  I thought that was interesting.  Perhaps adapting to the dangers of buildings in an urban setting by growing larger?  Or just a better diet available to them?

Following up what Carly says, this brings to mind that study they did recently in England, where they found that certain urban birds have, apparently, quickly evolved wing size in order to better fit inside feeders placed outside for them.  I wonder if it is possible, then, that the peregrines now are adapting to the urban environment with stronger, heavier bodies?  It seems to me that this would offer some protection from building strikes.  Perhaps TPC would know something about this.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #64 on: December 20, 2009, 11:30 »
It's going to be interesting to watch how this all pans out for these two in the spring. They look like they can make beautiful babies!

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #63 on: December 19, 2009, 07:09 »
Great photos Alison, I love the one of SW walking as well...she looks like she's on a mission!!

Ranger is a large male isn't he?  he's almost the same size as her.  I was poking around the Washington site last night and they were talking about the two chicks they banded earlier this year and said the female juvie took the largest band available - a 7B whereas most all females take a 7a and the male took the 7a band!!  They said they had noticed that in the past few years the falcons seem to be larger than in previous years.  I thought that was interesting.  Perhaps adapting to the dangers of buildings in an urban setting by growing larger?  Or just a better diet available to them?

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #62 on: December 18, 2009, 23:14 »
WOW!!!

Well, I guess we just have to be patient.  If SW accepts Ranger, this will be one beautiful pair of falcons.  These two are just striking!  Good luck Ranger, you need to do a lot of e-chupping!  She's one tough Gal!

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #61 on: December 18, 2009, 20:50 »
Ranger and SW

The identity of the new male has been confirmed; he is indeed Ranger, B/92, from the Eastlake nest, born in 2008.  He definitely wants SW, the nest, and the territory. Whether SW will accept him or not will be her decision. SW is an extremely fierce falcon; back in 2002, she killed Buckeye's former mate, the mighty Zenith, in a bitterly-contested territorial battle. Scott Wright went out on to the narrow ledge, on the twelfth floor of the Terminal Tower, without a rope or harness, to bring Zenith inside. He could not leave her lying on the ledge, and I totally understand that.

Over the years since then, SW has become a much loved falcon. She and Buckeye forged a very strong, and gentle, bond. They worked perfectly together each year to incubate their eggs and raise their young. Buckeye was a great provider, and very protective of his family.

 
Ranger                                                                           SW (left) and Ranger
(Photos by Chad & Chris)

Ranger seems to be a fairly large tiercel; there is very little size difference between him and SW.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #60 on: December 18, 2009, 20:18 »
SW

One of my favourite pics of SW striding along the ledge earlier this year. Her feet don't even seem to be touching the ground. Photo by Chad and Chris:


Photos of SW by Scott Wright, showing her delicate markings. She has a beautiful, full dark hood.
 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #59 on: December 02, 2009, 05:06 »
Great photos, I love the one of hiim peeking around the corner  ;D  He does look nervous, poor guy will have to get used to all the humans watching him.  I like his name too  :)

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #58 on: December 01, 2009, 20:10 »
Oh...but he is a BEAUTY!!!!   :-*


I guess we will just have to wait and see if this is a match.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #57 on: December 01, 2009, 19:58 »
The new male

Scott Wright took some wonderful photos of the new male at the Terminal Tower. He is not yet identified, but the band, black/green, looks very much like B/92 to me. That would mean he is Ranger, born 2008, from the Eastlake Power Plant Nest in Ohio. I think he looks very young, and very nervous.

Photos by Scott Wright:
 

He is in the new nest box; SW is on the ledge:
 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #56 on: December 01, 2009, 19:53 »
T-Rex, Trey's Dad, had a full black cap (I'll find a photo for y'all) that has continued through his family though few have had as black a cap as his.  Trey's and Ivy's are good examples though, no brown marks .... and the folks in Omaha remarked on Winnie's (another T-Rex kid) full black cap when she turned up there a decade ago.

I'd love to see a photo of T-Rex! Zeus in Omaha also has a full dark hood.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #55 on: November 30, 2009, 09:43 »
It's in the genes.... ;D

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #54 on: November 30, 2009, 00:34 »
T-Rex, Trey's Dad, had a full black cap (I'll find a photo for y'all) that has continued through his family though few have had as black a cap as his.  Trey's and Ivy's are good examples though, no brown marks .... and the folks in Omaha remarked on Winnie's (another T-Rex kid) full black cap when she turned up there a decade ago.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #53 on: November 29, 2009, 16:19 »
How cool to see that dark hood passed down through the generations

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #52 on: November 25, 2009, 11:08 »
Absolutely, Allikat.
They are stunning birds. We are so lucky to be able to share their lives for a little while.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #51 on: November 25, 2009, 09:01 »
Beautiful photos......Aurora was stunning with that dark hood!  Shaker and Raider....soo beautiful!
Onyx  :o, beautiful!
Diana = gorgeous
FALCONS:  AMAZING!!!!
the experience:  PRICELESS!!!!!!

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #50 on: November 25, 2009, 05:03 »
Wow...thanks for all that historical information Alison and the lovely photos of Buckeye's offspring and of his mom Aurora - she sure was a beautiful falcon.  It's interesting how Buckeye's genes were so dominant and all of his youngsters seem to have inherited his hood - I'm kind of partial to the dark hood myself .

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #49 on: November 24, 2009, 22:16 »
These photos show Buckeye's Mom, Aurora, with her chicks in 1996. Buckeye was one of that clutch.

Photos by Tim Daniel.

 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #48 on: November 24, 2009, 21:58 »
Buckeye had a great life and spread his genes, the purpose of life.  There are little Buckeye's flying around and one day, one of those falcon's may in fact come back to this nest.  One never knows, but one can hope!  

Although Buckeye raised 34 young, little is known about most of them. We know of only three at the moment: Apache, born in 2002, is at the Cleveland Metropark Zoo as an education bird. He lost a wing earlier in his life. Treasure, born in 2007, was last seen at Port Colborne earlier this year (I posted on that thread at the time).

And Buckeye and SW's son Onyx, born in 2006, is in Shaker Heights with his mate, Diana. Last year, they had two chicks, Raider and Shaker. Because the nest site was inaccessible, it was not possible to band the chicks. This year Onyx and Diana had eggs, but they did not hatch, due to the difficulty of the site.  Before we lost Buckeye, plans were already in place to install a nest tray for next year.

All photos are by Chad and Chris.

Onyx: he also inherited Buckeye's solid dark hood -- he is a very handsome tiercel.

 

This photo of Onyx in his nest territory shows two buildings way in the background. The dark building on the left is the Terminal Tower, where Onyx was raised.



Diana:

 

Buckeye's grandchildren, Shaker and Raider:

 
Raider on the left, Shaker on the right                                 Shaker flying over Raider

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #47 on: November 24, 2009, 21:18 »
The Midwest report says her name was Maple originally and she was renamed after her hack location which was Aurora, Ontario.  My guess is..and this is just a guess ... based on where they got all their PF"s for the hack program...is that she was born in Wainwright, Alberta at the breeding centre there and is a pure Anatum peregrine falcon. 

Maybe you or TPC might know something more about her background? (Band ID: Red 4R0) 

I do have a question for you though about Bandit.  On the CPF blog I found a reference to Aurora as being Wind's mother and that her father was unbanded - but I know her father was Bandit.  Was he really not banded and the name Bandit is a pun for 'Band-It' or did they jsut record that incorrectly?

I don't know much about Aurora's background. She was born in 1991, but I don't know exactly where. She was bred by Lynn Oliphant and Paddy Thompson, who are, or were, breeders in Saskatoon. She was released in Maple, Ontario in 1992.

She first appeared in Columbus in 1993, and had an unsuccessful nest that year with Lazer (black band 04Z). They had six eggs, laid on an unsuitable ledge, and all the eggs were lost. Lazer died of tuberculosis in August of 1993. Aurora paired with Bandit in 1994, and they raised three chicks. She was with Bandit until 1998, when she died. She died at The Raptor Center of renal and respiratory failure. She had previously been treated at Ohio State for an unknown illness or toxin for several days.

And yes, Bandit was an unbanded tiercel, but he was so distinctive that he was easily identifiable. No pun in his name that I know of . .  .
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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #46 on: November 24, 2009, 20:27 »
That's the only photo I've ever seen of Aurora as well Alison.  I tried to do a search on her but can only find written reports on her under the Midwest Restoration Project and a mention of her on CPF as Aurora.  The Midwest report says her name was Maple originally and she was renamed after her hack location which was Aurora, Ontario.  My guess is..and this is just a guess ... based on where they got all their PF"s for the hack program...is that she was born in Wainwright, Alberta at the breeding centre there and is a pure Anatum peregrine falcon. 

Maybe you or TPC might know something more about her background? (Band ID: Red 4R0) 

I do have a question for you though about Bandit.  On the CPF blog I found a reference to Aurora as being Wind's mother and that her father was unbanded - but I know her father was Bandit.  Was he really not banded and the name Bandit is a pun for 'Band-It' or did they jsut record that incorrectly?

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #45 on: November 24, 2009, 20:02 »
The people who found Buckeye and tried to help him came forward and identified themselves in a post on the Cleveland forum. They are Heather Gmucs and Samantha Wandtke. They knew they had found a peregrine, but they didn't know exactly who he was at that time. They deserve a lot of credit for trying to save him.

The new nest tray has been installed, and the work on the ledge and surrounding area looks as if it has been completed. The cams have been down since October because of the construction, and they are still down.

Photo by Scott Wright.



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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #44 on: November 24, 2009, 19:56 »
Buckeye's family

 
His Dad, the famous Bandit                                               His Canadian Mom, Aurora, who was a hacked bird from Aurora, Ontario.
of the Rhodes Tower in Columbus, Ohio                               This is the only photo I have seen of her -- she was beautiful.

Bandit passed on his smooth dark hood to his descendants -- not only to his son Buckeye, but also to Roosevelt at Fort Wayne, Erie at the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh, and Wind in Toronto, among others.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #43 on: November 24, 2009, 11:05 »
What amazing shots of Buckeye....talk about dedication.  It just goes to show you the natural instinct to protect their eggs.  In one shot, you could barely see him...laying as flat as he possibly could to keep his eggs warm and dry.  He will be missed! 

Good luck to SW this season...hope that she will be able to form a tight bond with a new mate and continue bringing new chicks into this world to help their future.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #42 on: November 24, 2009, 05:05 »
Thank you for posting those beautiful photos of Buckeye and the news article - you can definitely see the Canadian blood in him in those snow shots, what a magnificent tiercel!!  I love his face, the author is correct about it being so expressive..truly a one of a kind guy! 

It's been wonderful to read all the tributes and see all the photos and hear people's memories of him.  That new guy has some mighty big 'talons' to fill, let's hope he's up for it for SW's sake. 


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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #41 on: November 24, 2009, 00:32 »
Buckeye was also renowned for his dedication to incubating his eggs, even in the worst conditions.

2002: Buckeye did not move from the nest for two days.
 

2004:
 

2007:
 

In each case, he protected his eggs successfully.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #40 on: November 24, 2009, 00:12 »
There is indeed a new male, and Chad and Chris photographed him approaching SW, who was eating. She initially mantled her food, but later allowed him to come and share some of the food. He is not yet identified, but I'm sure it won't be long.

A few photos of Buckeye by Chad and Chris:

Feeding his daughter, Strike, earlier this year:

 

Going into a free fall from the ledge, and into a partial stoop:

 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #39 on: November 24, 2009, 00:06 »
An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer about Buckeye:

Cleveland's peregrine falcon perishes after 12 years nesting on the Terminal Tower

By James F. McCarty,The Plain Dealer
November 23, 2009, 7:00PM

Buckeye, believed to be one of the country's oldest and most prolific peregrine falcons, died last week after apparently striking a building near its urban nest on the Terminal Tower.

A woman walking at the intersection of West Third Street and Huron Avenue discovered the injured male on the sidewalk and called Harvey Webster, director of wildlife resources at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  Webster said the unidentified woman managed to scoop up the bird and rush it to the museum. But Buckeye was dead by the time she arrived, said Webster, the overseer of the falcons' nesting box 12 floors above Public Square.

"He had a heck of a life and an incredible run during his 12 years on the Terminal Tower," Webster said.

Buckeye was 14 years old, having hatched in 1996 atop the Rhodes Office Tower in downtown Columbus. Officers with Ohio's Division of Natural Resources attached an identifying leg band on the chick before he left the nest.  As an adult, he flew north and spent two years on the Case Western Reserve University campus before pairing up with a female, Zenith, on the downtown Cleveland skyscraper.  In 2001, a second female, hatched in Pittsburgh and identified only as S/W, arrived in Cleveland and killed Zenith. She then joined Buckeye at the nest.

Between the two females, Buckeye sired 34 peregrine chicks, an amazing accomplishment for a species that was endangered for decades, Webster said.  Buckeye was getting old, but he hadn't missed a beat incubating the eggs or providing food for his chicks, Webster said.   Webster speculated that Buckeye's fatal collision might have come during an aerial battle with another male. The falcons can dive at up to 200 mph.

The males may have been battling for S/W's affections. The past weekend, downtown falcon watchers had observed S/W in the company of a new male. He has a leg band, but no one has been able to read its identification numbers yet.  Webster said Cleveland's falcon enthusiasts aren't as willing as S/W to adopt the interloper. They had become attached to Buckeye over the years, and have been mourning, he said. Many Buckeye fans have been posting tributes on-line, and Scott Wright -- who dubbed him "Mr. B" -- downloaded dozens of photographs that he shot of the bird from close range.

To read the tributes and see the photos, visit the museum's falcon Web site at www.falconcam-cmnh.org.


Buckeye was actually born in 1996, so he was 13 years old.  He was an extremely handsome tiercel, with a very expressive face.

A few photos of "Mr. B" by Scott Wright:

 

 

 

 

 

Scott has posted many, many beautiful photos on this thread:  http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?48017.40

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #38 on: November 20, 2009, 23:19 »
This is absolutely devastating news. I cannot believe that Buckeye, one of the most beloved of all peregrines, is gone. He will be remembered as one of the truly great tiercels: a wonderful father, an exceptional mate for SW, so protective of his family.

It would seem that there must have been a territorial battle - Buckeye was far too intelligent, and far too familiar with his surroundings, to collide with a building otherwise.

I am grateful to the woman who tried to save Buckeye. It was a kind thing for her to do.

This whole situation is just heartbreaking. I never had the privilege of seeing Buckeye in person, but I will never forget him.  :'(  :'(

I will post some photos of Buckeye. I'm not at home right now to access my archives.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2009, 09:05 »
Either could certainly be the case Carly.  Even during a half-hearted dog-fight* accidents can happen in a highly urbanized environment.  We have found that the winds are very fluky (changeable, gusty, etc) in and around our tall buildings downtown and it would be the same where Buckeye lived I'm sure.  A moment's inattention while keeping an eye on a potential rival could have been all it took.  Or some male bluster while fancy-flying with a windshift could have thrown him against a building. 

Perhaps after the necropsy, there will be some more information - the primary location of the injury might suggest a cause.


* I say half-hearted because I'm not sure how intense non-breeding season territorial battles are - I suspect that some are much more territorial than others depending on the individual birds involved.  I have noticed that outside the breeding season here, our birds (who are distinctly territorial) are much more laid-back, vigilant, but not so quick to respond with deadly intent

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #36 on: November 19, 2009, 07:00 »
There are reports of a new adult male in the area, he was seen with SW yesterday afternoon and some photos are now up on CMNH board of him from a distance with SW, he was displaying some fancy flying and SW bowing to him as he approached.  Only speculation as no one saw what happened that has yet come forward but him losing his territory makes more sense to me - although it still sucks - than a falcon with his experience just accidently hitting the building.


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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2009, 18:16 »
Oh poop! There has been so many of these sad reports this year. Poor guy, probably didn't know what hit him.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2009, 08:58 »
Thank you for that report Carly....

How upsetting that it was most likely a collision with a window and/or building as you pointed out Carly.  Again, I know it doesn't matter to falcons but he didn't die alone.  Nothing should die alone.  Fly Free Buckeye!!!

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #33 on: November 18, 2009, 08:16 »
From the CMNH Falcon Site:

Buckeye - 1996-2009
I am very sad to report that Buckeye was found on a sidewalk by West 3rd and Huron Rd in downtown Cleveland this afternoon and died in transit to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. It appears that he sustained fatal head injuries. He had a long and distinguished career at the Terminal Tower with Zenith and S/W and sired many, many young.

Buckeye Update
To follow up on my last post, this is what I know. A lady walking on West 3rd and Huron found Buckeye on the sidewalk clearly in distress and barely responsive. She covered him with her coat and contacted me at the Museum about 1:40 pm on Tuesday, 11/17/09. She offered to transport Buckeye to the Museum so that we could assess his condition and expedite his transportation to the Medina Raptor Center or Lake Metroparks Clinton Wildlife Center. When she arrived at the Museum around 2:10 pm Buckeye had already expired. I confirmed his identity by the R/K color band and notified the Ohio Division of Wildlife. We will have a necropsy performed at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo today. However it is clear that, without a mark on his body and blood streaming from his mouth, Buckeye sustained a fatal head injury consistent with a window or building collision. A necropsy might reveal if there were any underlying health issues. My examination suggested he was in good health and plumage with no sign of other conditions or injuries that might have contributed to his death.

I will be spending time at the Terminal Tower this afternoon to assess the work being done on the ledge and I will keep an eye out for S/W.

This is is a difficult time of transition for all of us falcon enthusiasts who have become so attached to the lives of Buckeye, S/W and their offspring. This is also a time of transition for S/W. It is my hope that her long term attachment to this very successful site will hold and she will recruit a new mate in the coming weeks or months.

I will keep you updated with any news.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #32 on: November 17, 2009, 20:15 »
I know Carly....I'm trying to react better to these situations, but as you wrote, we don't have to like it!

Buckeye had a great life and spread his genes, the purpose of life.  There are little Buckeye's flying around and one day, one of those falcon's may in fact come back to this nest.  One never knows, but one can hope! 

For the love of Falcons.......

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2009, 20:14 »
Know how you feel Carly, every spring I dread a new male replacing Trey (hatched 1995) and I hold my breath with every dead/injured peregrine phone call I get during the spring/summer/fall ....

With genes like Buckeye's it will be neat to see how his kids do, I'm sure you and Alison will keep us informed on anything you hear!!
 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2009, 19:58 »
Maybe Alison will have more information, she must be devastated as all of the board is I'm sure.  He had a large, loyal following.  We just keeping losing all the prolific males, I know it's the cycle of life...but I don't have to like it  >:(

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2009, 19:46 »
Very sorry to hear about Buckeye  :'(

He was truly a wonderful bird and has spread his genes....I guess we will never find out how he in fact died. 

Good luck to SW, I hope she finds a new mate for next season....Fly Free Buckeye!!!  You had a great life!

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2009, 19:29 »
Heartbreaking news just read at Alison's board & at BCAW, Buckeye was found dead today.  Truly heartbreaking, he was one of the best.   :'( :'(

http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/news.php

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #27 on: October 23, 2009, 18:30 »
Big Yellow Feet in the nest today - but not the usual ones:



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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #26 on: October 19, 2009, 12:03 »
Looks like when we had to set up the lines to band the birds on the Radisson this year!  :D

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #25 on: October 19, 2009, 09:57 »
Great pics Alison....very happy to know that the construction company is being very considerate to the falcons. 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2009, 22:29 »
How to co-exist with construction:

 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2009, 18:45 »
That's so cool that they are being considerate to the pair and returning their nest box in the evenings.  I can only imagine what they must be thinking about the box coming and going like that!  I guess though as long as it comes back then it's okay with them  ;)

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2009, 17:50 »
Buckeye and SW have to deal with ongoing construction at the Terminal Tower, including renovations in the immediate area of their nest. This has necessitated removing their nest tray during the day, and replacing it at the end of the day. However, the falcons have handled this extremely well so far.

Both visited the nest tray this morning:



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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2009, 21:11 »
With ongoing construction on the building, Buckeye and SW haven't been around much, but they were at the nest today:

 

 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2009, 20:41 »
Buckeye and SW strengthening their pair bond:

 



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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2009, 21:25 »
I haven't heard anything more about what happened with Lunge.

SW and Buckeye have been spending time at the nest.

 



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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2009, 12:40 »
Could be that the stress caught up with him ... it is not unknown for the birds to be doing well or responding well one day and drop dead the next.  Still sucks though. 

If someone gets more information, please do make sure to post it here !

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2009, 19:48 »
OMG...no??   :'(

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2009, 19:06 »
I don't know what happened, but Lunge has died in rehab at Penitentiary Glen.  :'( :'(

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2009, 22:05 »
Lunge is back in care again! He was found on the ground in Madison, Ohio, and is currently in rehab. He has a soft tissue wing injury in the wrist area. I think with that type of injury he should be okay after rehab. 

Soft tissure injuries usually respond well to rest and rehab ... might mean he should have a bit more recouperation the first time around - BUT I don't know enough about his first injury to say for sure, it's just a guess ...

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2009, 22:17 »
He's a beauty....look at that walk of determination.  He has a very commanding presence.
Those photos of Lunge are beautiful, Alison! And yes, allikat, I love his "walk of determination" as he marches and flies off to freedom. I only hope that he will be equally determined, on his next release from rehab!

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2009, 22:00 »
He is definitely a handsome bird to look at, great markings. Hopefully, he can keep away from danger and not be grounded again. Fly high and soar the skies!!

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2009, 21:38 »
Lunge is back in care again! He was found on the ground in Madison, Ohio, and is currently in rehab. He has a soft tissue wing injury in the wrist area. I think with that type of injury he should be okay after rehab.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2009, 23:08 »
He's a beauty....look at that walk of determination.  He has a very commanding presence.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2009, 23:02 »
Good news about Lunge. It turned out he did not have a coracoid injury (which would have meant a broken collarbone); he had a swollen and bruised wing.  He has been released.

Photos by Chad and Chris:

 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2009, 00:05 »
One of Buckeye and SW's juvies this year, Lunge (band 70/B), has been found injured at the airport and has been taken to the Medina Raptor Center. Apparently Lunge has a coracoid injury, but looks fairly good at this point.

Lunge when he was a little younger: photo by Scott Wright.


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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2009, 20:51 »
Buckeye and SW having a short discussion in the nest box today:

 

Buckeye's beautiful tail feathers:


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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2009, 17:06 »
Do you know how old the chicks were at banding?

As Carly mentioned, the first chick hatched on April 18th. The second chick hatched during the night of April 18-19, and the third hatched on April 21. Twenty-one days is generally considered a good age for banding; old enough so that their legs are pretty much the size they are going to be (in order to use the correct band size), and young enough so that the chicks are not going to be inclined to go over the edge.

The chicks were named 'Strike' (Female), USFWS band 1687-30212 34/H; 'Lunge' (Male). USFWS band 1126-06620 70/B; and 'Cirrus' (Male), USFWS band 1126-06621 71/B. The bands on the left leg are black/red this year.

I haven't had time yet to watch all the videos and look at all the photos of the banding, but I noticed that there are also outstanding photos by Chad and Chris, Scott and others.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2009, 08:58 »
WOW,  did you hear the strike on the that guys helmet? WHACK.........  brave parents though, one sitting on top of the camera(?) just hollering at him the whole time..  some gorgeous big fluffy chicks though, they are BIG !

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2009, 06:17 »
First chick hatched on April 18th so they were around 3 weeks old which is typically when you want to band them...before they get any ideas about trying to attempt to fly off the ledge in their panic....

I too feel bad seeing the parents so helpless but boy they put up a good fight!  Thankfully they didn't get hurt taking runs at the window...that kind of scared me I must admit.

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2009, 22:56 »
Those were great videos, Carly, thanks for finding them for us.
Do you know how old the chicks were at banding?

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2009, 21:27 »
Wow!!!  Those were incredible!!!  Did you see the falcon attack the one on the head?  Direct hit!  Thank goodness he had a helmit on! 
When I watch that, I feel so terrible for the parents as all they are stressed and all they are doing in protected their young.  I know this is for their recovery and I'm all for banding to be able to track them and the histoty.  But, you just feel helpless for the adults who have to watch intruder's taking away their babies who are also crying out for help from their parents!
All in all, they were banded, all is okay and no falcon was hurt or injured and the chicks are back in their parents care! 

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Re: Terminal Tower - 2009 / Buckeye & SW
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2009, 20:19 »
If you want to see some superb videos of yesterday's banding in Cleveland of Buckeye and SW's chicks.... they are outstanding!! 

Oh and turn down your headphones because the screaming parents will burn your eardrums.  And watch them attack..it's freaken awesome!!

The links are in this post at Rochester yahoo group and the Cleveland board also has them posted directly by the person bobby who made them.  I didn't want to post the direct links as I don't know him and didn't want to post anything without person's approval.

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/kfalconcam/message/98013

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OH / Cleveland - Terminal Tower - 2009-15
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2009, 21:48 »
2009 NESTING SEASON

One of my favourite thngs is when a juvie from a previous year turns up somewhere else at a later date. One of the juvies from the Terminal Tower in Cleveland has now been found nesting in Pittsburgh - what is remarkable is that he was born in 1999! He is Bravo, band black/green V/H. He and his mate are nesting on the McKees Rocks Bridge, and they are incubating five eggs. They laid eggs last year on a girder on the bridge, but the nest failed. At that time it was not known who he was.

Bravo is a son of the legendary Zenith and her earlier mate Bullet. He is one of four chicks they raised in 1999.

Photo of Bravo by Beth Fife.