Above: Inside the nesting box atop the MacKay Heating Plant, off Winspear Ave. on UB's South Campus
Below: Camera 2- a view of the perch poles extending outside the nesting box, not always operative
(Looking toward Bailey Ave., See water tower center left, Winspear Ave. at right)
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Hear the 2014 update from Connie Adams at the NYS Dept. Of Environmental Conservation
This year, Dixie laid at leat four eggs in the box, atop UB's MacKay Heating plant on the UB South campus
While falcons nest under most any bridge or suitable structure, they don't often do so outside buildings in ways that lend themselves to a web cam. For years, WNY Birdwatchers had an Audubon Society camera installed in the Statler Tower's falcon nest but it went dark when that historic building was mothballed in 2010.
Staff members from UB Facilities, with assistance from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Buffalo Audubon Society, installed the Web cam in the UB nest in 2010.
Yankee and Dixie are one of 62 pair of nesting peregrine falcons statewide, according to Connie Adams at the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. It's the first year Dixie took over the roost, from BB, Yankee's partner for the past three years.
While biologists say chicks are unlikely to return once they leave their nest, their parents frequently return to the same nest to raise another brood.
Three eggs hatched last spring; four were hatched a year earlier.
The chicks were being banded so they can be identified, and their travels can be tracked, after the leave the nest on UB's Mackay Heating Plant. Throughout the United States we have 8,000 peregrines, and that's no where near enough to de-list them," as an endangered species, Adams says.
|And Yes, Falcons really can fly at speeds of OVER 200 Miles an hour.
Check out this video from the National Geographic Channel
via You Tube.
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