Ann was down to the park briefly on Monday. Wow did she get a few beautiful shots(would we expect less). She got a few shots of an elusive Gray Ghost....male Northern Harrier. His gray/blue back and wingtips "dipped in ink" from underneath view are the field marks that make him unique.
The local Redtail looks great with the snow in the photo. Thanks Ann.
The last week,Ive seen some Peregrine Falcon photos posted to a local birding board. Through my volunteer work with the Canadian Peregrine Foundation,we have been able to identify them both. One was seen out at Frechman's Bay,a male hatched at King St in 2009 named Kendal. Kendal is very likely the male Peregrine being seen around the powerplant in Pickering,in the company of Quest from Rochester,who is being satellite tracked. Just after I made that ID,someone else sent me photos taken a few weeks back at The Spit(Tommy Thompson Park). It was a juvenile male Peregrine with a clear band number showing which Marion Nash of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation was able to ID for me,named Peter,from Hamilton's Sheraton Hotel this past season. We volunteers are always thrilled to know a Peregrine we watched as chicks,is alive and well. If you get any photos or band numbers,or hear of a friend who has,please report them to me at the raptor watch email address or The Canadian Peregrine Foundation at email@example.com . Continued monitoring of our Canadian Peregrines is a very important part of their ongoing recovery. Everyone can contribute.