that is great news. Sorry I missed your release today. Halle
On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM, linda whyte <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Actually, good news in 4s and 5s:
> The Peregrine Falcon hanging out the past few days on a 13th -floor balcony
> in downtown St. Paul did NOT need rescuing; it flew away just fine last
> evening, at the prospect of being captured. The rehabilitated juvenile
> Peregrine from the High Bridge was returned there this morning and released
> without incident, with a little toss-up from a tall brick wall; it lofted
> easily and was met by one of its parents.
> In trying to follow their reunion, I chanced to meet a woman who seemed to
> be doing a plant survey (turned out she was inspecting the retaining wall).
> I expressed delight with Xcel's nearby prairie plantings and discovered she
> works for Xcel and has connection to the landscapers in charge of the
> restoration. Furthermore, she works for the plant manager who got me onto
> the Xcel property last year, for the Bell's Vireo search. I had started the
> job of contacting him for this year's tour, but she was able to short-cut
> the process, and give me the tour today.
> While she was making arrangements, I checked on the Dickcissels by viewing
> them through the parking-lot fence of the new dog park. I was listening
> too, to the Spotted Sandpipers in the holding pond; a juvenile was seen at
> the road side further west last week. That's when I heard the distinctive
> call of the Bell's Vireos, in the row of small trees and shrubs at the back
> (north side) of the prairie, close to the fence. It sounded two more times,
> before I headed over to meet Sheryl at the main gate---and that's when
> there was more good news.
> In one of the small trees planted by the parking lot, there was a N.
> Mockingbird. The flashes of white on gray caught my eye as it flew to the
> power stanchion just on the west side of the main security gate, then down
> onto the concrete retaining wall below the stanchion, seeming very
> interested in the shrubs there. It perched awhile, inspecting, and flicking
> its tail. If it elects to stay, it should be audible and may be visible
> from the public road, though it didn't vocalize at the time. Sheryl then
> drove me on the road that skirts the prairie, and there were at least 6 to
> 8 Dickcissels singing on territory. We spotted the female of the pair that
> is closest to the entry of the dog-park parking lot.
> Good birding, and Happy Solstice---Linda Whyte
> Good birding and
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