Monday, June 30, 2014

Quieter Day

A couple notes I took today: When the first volunteer arrived at 6:30-ish, she saw a bird fly over her head from the north of the garden area and try a landing on the Administration Bldg. It fluttered to the base of one of the columns which is a ledge that is still rather high for humans to climb up to. Bob hoisted Kat up, she grabbed up Skye and they released her again on West side of Beehive where she is currently. The other two are flying and landing so high now, that we can't tell who is who. So, one is on SW corner of COB, the other is on west side of Eagle Gate (World Trade Center) building somewhere.

I also received this note from M. Roberts, the generous photographer who has spent some time with us, and was with Bob very early this morning.  Hunter and Ace flew around. Then Mom & Hunter flew several circles. Hunter went around more times. Then Mom was at the corner of COB and Hunter flew right to the wall and clung to it.. no ledge. Then she inched up a bit to a ledge..
Another note: Yesterday afternoon as I left, I saw THREE peregrines on the observation deck on COB East side. They seemed to be grabbing at something, then one flew off. At same time a volunteer said that a juvenile was on NW corner. Skye was in the box on the ground so that means Dad was there. Sure enough, it was confirmed later that Dad was laying down on the big 'B' in Key Bank on the north side of Key Bank building. This morning he has not been seen. Perhaps he brought in a meal last night... my guess is that was Ace up on that deck with Mom and Dad. He sure seems to get all the meals. 

I hope to have a special post at the end of this week. Stay tuned!

Is this not the craziest thing you've seen today? Hunter clinging to the wall.

Uh, no, this is even crazier.

Just remember how tall this building is and she was doing that crawl at the top. That glass structure on the top right is where I saw possibly Dad, Mom and maybe Ace last evening.
Dad on Key Bank 'B'

Skye just before trip up to Beehive.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Skye Banded - Sunday's Photos

Skye made a couple of small flights back and forth across S. Temple today, getting herself trapped on a terrace. Bob was able to get a security guard to let him in the Eagle Gate building to access the area, so Skye was picked up, banded and put out on the Beehive this afternoon. I have no news if she has made any flights from there. Hunter and Ace have been flying well all day making flights from Eagle Gate to COB and back. I will not be on site Monday and Tuesday but will post an update each day on any news.

Here are photos from today.

This is the ledge Skye spent the night on. This is where she was when I arrived at 8:45. She then began her walk to the East (left) and around the corner all the way to the south end of the building back to her original landing spot from Saturday.

Skye on NE corner of McConkie Bldg. 9:00 am

She was very close. I started to worry she was going to come after me! East side.

My camera was behaving so well in this light! SE corner.

She got tired of walking around on the ledge and rested a bit.

Bob's chair.

Ace and Hunter up on Eagle Gate Tower 11:30

Skye after she made her first flight today across to JSMB, another ledge walk.

She found a cool window sill to perch on. From here she flew back over to Eagle Gate and landed on the terrace/patio. Needed to be rescued since she couldn't seem to vault up to the ledge to fly out.
Not sure who, Hunter or Ace, flew over to University Club building for short time, then back to Eagle Gate.

Skye after being picked up on the terrace. First time in hand.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

9:45pm Update

Here is an update from Bob at 9:45pm.

Eventful day! Hunter took a flight up to Zion's Bank, landing behind the letters, then slipped down behind them in an area Bob knows is hard for them to fly out of. Security took him up and sure enough she was down 15 feet below the edge. He found a long wooden plank and set it up to make sort of a 'peregrine ladder'. She walked up it and flew out eventually. Then making a good flight with Mom and Ace up to top of COB. She is flying very well. Skye remains in the same area she fledged to, although flew over to an opposite shelf further inside the shopping court. Bob is alerting security that she is there and to call him if they find her on the ground. The crew is headed home now to return very early tomorrow.

Check out this video with Mom making a food delivery today at 5:08p to an empty box! She looks all around for a kid. Wonder if she was looking for Hunter since she was MIA for a bit.

Photos from Friday - Day 4 out of Nest

Hunter resting on Temple

Skye excited watching Mom and Ace

Hunter sitting on Temple with her back to the East

Ace flew over to COB

Ace on SE corner of COB

Skye Fledges!!

UPDATE: Skye was found on Eagle Gate, 2nd level of patio wall. All is well!!

Skye fledged at 5:47 am according to this footage. We have not located her yet. Is there anyone in any of the tall buildings near State and S. Temple Streets that can help us 'look'? Call Bob at 801-209-5326.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Thursday's Antics ~ Photos

Good morning! Just talked to Bob. During yesterday's hard rainstorm, team lost visual on #2 Hunter. Someone caught a bird and Mom flying south on Main Street so a search was conducted all along Main and through the City Creek shopping center. Finally Carol noticed a security guard at the Harmon's grocery, looking down, staring at something (sure sign), which turned out to be Hunter! Bob made the decision, since no one had seen a meal delivered to Hunter for the last three days, that maybe the rehabber should see her, give her a meal and keep her overnight. She remains there but is expected to return to the site for release this noon. We are expecting another few rain storms about the same time, so possibly they could cause a delay in release. Ace is flying very well, come in to his own Bob says, has flown high over Zion's, Eagle Gate and up to top of COB, our tallest building. He was delivered food up on a ledge on Zion's bank this morning. Bob is really pleased. #3 Skye remains in the box, being fed consistently, if not too much. Yesterday afternoon, Mom brought in a coot or duck, which I noticed first because from below a tail was seen hanging out of the box that was not a peregrine. Further inspection of the live cam told us sure enough, it was large prey on the rock (and due to viewing cam, lost all my data on my phone!) 

Here are my notes from yesterday, obviously outdated but help explain the photos below: "Although I left right before a huge storm rolled in this afternoon, and I haven't talked to anyone to see how they all fared through the rain. The wind picked up so much this afternoon and both Ace and Hunter kept flying up the the peak of the JSMB where the wind made it hard for them to keep their footing. The amazing part was that Mom was using the opportunity to hover over them, just hanging in the wind, maybe giving lessons. Ace finally let go of the roof and rose straight up, then rode the wind over higher than where he was yesterday. He made it all the way up to the top of the Zion's Bank building, no problem!! Mom continued to hover over him, diving at him sometimes. But he held that spot for over 2 hours. Eventually he flew off, over to the Eagle Gate, even higher!! Landing way above the ledge he was on yesterday. That is where he stayed until I left at 5:15p

Hunter was a bit more of a scaredy cat, hanging on a cornice tip most of the afternoon, sometimes calling out when she would see Mom do a flyover. She can see a leftover coot on a lower roof across from her, and we think she has not eaten since her fledge, so we noticed her eyeing those leftovers but she never attempted going there. She eventually left that cornice and moved over to the roof where Ace had been. But as of me leaving she was still there.

Skye was delivered what Bob thinks is a duck or a coot although she had no interest in it at the time. We think she's been fed quite a lot over the last few days which is strange if they expect her to fly soon. She sure looked like she was going to come out of the box after that prey was delivered. Almost like she didn't like it in there with her. During that time, I turned on the nest cam on my phone to see what the heck mom brought in, thus running all my data (unknowingly) from my phone plan and I lost all ability to Twitter, facebook, email etc. so was rather stuck. I have to be able to keep every up to date!! So I just decided to go home and get to an exercise class. The rain hit there probably 6:00pm or so.

Here is video of breakfast today. Lots of screaming, turn down your volume!

Skye watches Mom flying.

Ace on West wing of JSMB trying to hold on in the wind.

Just before take off.

Ace finding his wings! It was so windy, but he did great.

Ace flying high above Zion's Bank.

Ace lands on top. Stayed there for a few hours.

Hunter testing wings. She stayed here most of the late morning and afternoon.

Hunter #2

Wanting to go West wing where Ace was.

Mom flying with large prey (coot?)

delivering coot

Mom off again to do more flying demos.


Ace on top, Mom below on ledge.

Hunter flew over to West wing! Mom visited/harassed her a bit.

Skye fascinated with Ace and Mom flying over Eagle Gate.

Mom keeping track of Ace on very top of Eagle gate. He's behind that railing.

Ace peeks out.

Ace in tree, day 1, being harassed by robins. (photo credit to Tony Bozich)

the coot meal (Skye still isn't interested in it)

It was a very windy day! You can see Ace on the roof early in the day Thursday.

Forgot to mention, Hunter was picked up in gardens early Thursday. Released on beehive then moved to north side of JSMB for most of day.

A view of Hunter from inside the building (before the storm blew in). You can see those blue feet.