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 Post subject: 2012 Power Plant Activity Final - Banding Completed 5-17-12
PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:31 pm 
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I have been advised that the Power Plant (Wheatfield) nesting box has four eggs with three hatching. This information was sent to me on 4/25/2012. The web site that has been used by NIPSCO is still not responding but is being updated as we speek.
Information about the Midwest peregrines (including a searchable database) can be found at
http://www.midwestperegrine.org/ The following information came directly from John Castrole of the IDNR..
Wheatfield, NIPSCO Schahfer Plant – 1998-2011; 37 chicks fledged (2.6/year)
female – Latesha (b/g Z/K)?? - 11th year, wild-produced in Genoa, WI, 1999
male – b/g??
The falcon cam view on 3/23 revealed a female incubating eggs in the nest box. Three eggs were noted on 3/27.


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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Power Plant Activity
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Thank you so much for this information, a008292!! We use that database frequently. .

So. . NIPSCO power plant has 4 eggs. .and 3 have hatched? Want to make sure I have that info correctly before adding to our nesting calendar. .

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 Post subject: Indiana Peregrine Falcon Nesting 2012 – 05/01/12
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John S. Castrale, Nongame Bird Biologist, Indiana Division of Fish and Wild reported in an e-mail the following information. The e-mail (to Tony DiPaolo) who retired from NIPSCO, Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield, IN..in 2007
The following information is from John's report as of May 1, 2012
Hatching has occurred at 6 of 16 sites with eggs laid. One attempt has failed. Two other sites have adults present but nesting has not been documented.

The 2012 nesting season is shaping up to set some Indiana records. Sixteen nesting attempts have been observed so far, three more than in any previous year and four more than last year. One new nest site was discovered this year at the Indianapolis Power and Light plant along the White River near Petersburg. A nest box has been present there since 2004. Although 3-4 eggs are generally laid by peregrines, clutches of 5 eggs were noted at three sites this year. About half of the adults have been identified so far. Two are unbanded. Kinney (19 years old) has once again returned to Indianapolis, and with a successful nesting attempt, would give him a mind-boggling 60+ chicks raised in his lifetime. Only one other midwestern peregrine has bred at 19 years of age and the longevity record (according to the Bird Banding Lab) for a peregrine is 19 years, 6 months. Another old-timer was Freedom (18 years old), a released female from Evansville, who has been nesting in Fort Wayne since 1996, but quit laying eggs after 2007. However, after being identified in mid-March, she has disappeared and seems to have been replaced by a juvenile from Canton, OH. A new two-year-old male from Port Sheldon, MI, is also present at that site. A few other veterans include KathyQ (14 years old), Crystal and the amazing one-legged Zephyr (both 13 years old), and Nancy (10 years old), who is paired with her younger brother, Hughes. Their even younger half-sister, Jo-an, is also nesting along Lake Michigan. These three birds were produced at a power plant near Waukegan, IL, north of Chicago. I appreciate any observations or corrections to any of the site accounts.

2011 nesting season summary: nesting attempts were noted at 12 sites, all but one were successful, and 28 chicks (plus an adult) were banded at 11 sites, the only time in recent years where all known nestlings were banded. Peregrines were present at five other locations, but nesting was not observed. Other highlights were the return of Kinney (adding to his record number of progeny raised), 2 pairs with 5 eggs each, a new nest at the Gallagher Power Plant in New Albany, a pair of Indianapolis birds that are nesting in Ohio, and a new falcon cam (at the IPL Harding Street site). Also notable is the return of Zephyr to South Bend, but missing his right foot! Not only did he survive through the nesting season, he helped raise two chicks.

Information about the Midwest peregrines (including a searchable database) can be found at http://www.midwestperegrine.org/

Wheatfield, NIPSCO Schahfer Plant – 1998-2011; 37 chicks fledged (2.6/year)
female – Latesha (b/g Z/K)?? - 11th year, wild-produced in Genoa, WI, 1999,
male – b/g??
The falcon cam view on 3/23 revealed a female incubating eggs in the nest box. At least 3 eggs were noted on 3/27. Three chicks and one egg on 4/23.

Porter, NIPSCO Bailly Plant – 1996, 1998-99, 2002, 2006, 2010-11; 19 chicks fledged (2.7/year)
female – unbanded??
male – b/g??
Jeff Neumeier checked the box on 4/4 and noted five eggs and an unbanded adult. Four recently-hatched chicks and 1 egg on 4/27.

Michigan City, NIPSCO Plant – 1996-2011; 32 chicks fledged (2.0/year)
female – unbanded, male - b/g W/55 – 4th year; wild-produced in South Bend, IN, 2007.
Jeff Neumeier identified the adults on 4/3 and noted 5 eggs in the box. Still 5 eggs on 4/24. Two chicks and 3 eggs on 4/30.

Banding may start as soon as May 15, 2012

Tony DiPaolo [email address removed by moderator]


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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Power Plant Activity
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That is confirmed regarding eggs both by a conversation and photo's sent to me.
IDNR is to start banding at the plants beginning May 15, 2012


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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Power Plant Activity
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a008292 wrote:
That is confirmed regarding eggs both by a conversation and photo's sent to me.
IDNR is to start banding at the plants beginning May 15, 2012

Oh this is great are you going to be able to be there at any of the bandings a008292 and if so are you going to take pictures to share with us?(hint hint) :egg11:

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Power Plant Activity
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I am trying to get my schedule moved as to make the banding. Either way I will get some shots from the
enviromental supervisor or the administrator supervisor, John S. Castrale, Nongame Bird Biologist, Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife. I was hoping that the falcon cam would be resolved by this time. The camera is funtional but does not have a link to the NIPSCO/NISOURCE home page. I am also sure that John will begin his banding for the many sites that he is responsible for and then issue an update to those areas.


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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Power Plant Activity
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On Thursday, May 17, 2012 the IDNR arrived at the plant to begin the process of banding falcon chicks.
This year three chicks (two females and one male) we taken down the outside elevator to the table.
Latesha an adult female, is in her 11th year raising young at the plant.
The chicks were banded, each received a visual health check and a blood sample was drawn for tracking their genetic history. In placing a band on each chick it will have a unique color and series of numbers and letters used to identify the bird. In the end of the day all three chicks were returned to their nest under the observation of Latesha’s watchful eye. We should expect to see them taking their first flight within the next two weeks. Hats off to the IDNR and the power plant personnel who helped in making this happen. Tony

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Thanks for that update, a008292 :egg 19:

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Power Plant Activity Final - Banding Completed 5-17-12
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Can anyone give me step by step on adding pictures to my postings.
I have ten nice photos that have been resized using Photobucket.

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 Post subject: Re: 2012 Power Plant Activity Final - Banding Completed 5-17-12
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If you already have your photos uploaded and resized in Photobucket, you are nearly there.

You can either click the "edit" button in the lower right of any of your posts to add the photos to that post or you can use the "post reply" button in lower left of the last post here to begin a new post. The step-by-step instructions for posting pictures on the forum can be found here: .

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 Post subject: Indiana Peregrain Falcon NIPSCO Sites
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In the Board Index - Peregrine Falcon (USA) - Indiana you list several sites specific to Indiana but do not list the NIPSCO sites, Schahfer, Mich City, BGS, or DHM sites. I have received a few e-mails asking how can they find the sites in an easy manner.

Could you please edit to indicate this areas as well. If you need aditional information please advise.

Wheatfield, NIPSCO Schahfer Plant female – Latesha (b/g Z/K) 11th year, wild-produced in Genoa, WI, 1999
male – b/g??

Porter, NIPSCO Bailly Plant – 1996, 1998-99, 2002, 2006, 2010-11; 19 chicks fledged (2.7/year)
female – unbanded?? male – b/g??

East Chicago - Mittal Steel - Indiana Harbor West (BOF building) – 2004-06, 2008, 2011; 8 chicks fledged (1.6/attempt) – Freedom (b/r 44/E) – 1st year; wild-produced in Green Bay, WI, 2009 male – b/g E/09 or E/99??

Michigan City, NIPSCO Plant – 1996-2011; 32 chicks fledged (2.0/year)female – unbanded,
male - b/g W/55 – 4th year; wild-produced in South Bend, IN, 2007.


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 Post subject: Re: Indiana Peregrain Falcon NIPSCO Sites
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You have such great information for us thank you so much a008292 this really helps for the records :ohyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Indiana Peregrain Falcon NIPSCO Sites
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Thanks so much for the information on the NIPSCO nests. . .we'll figure out a way to group this info. . and then make adjustments for next year. .

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 Post subject: Indiana Peregrine Falcon Nesting 2012 – 06/4/12
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The following report was sent from
John S. Castrale
Nongame Bird Biologist
Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife
562 DNR Road
Mitchell, IN 47446

Indiana Peregrine Falcon Nesting 2012 – 06/4/12
Hatching has occurred at 14 of 18 sites with eggs laid and 37 chicks were banded at 12 locations. Two chicks could not be banded at a US Steel location due to safety reasons and hatching just occurred at another site. Two attempts have failed. Three other sites have adults present but nesting has not been documented.

The 2012 nesting season is shaping up to set some Indiana records. Eighteen nesting attempts have been observed so far, five more than in any previous year and six more than last year. One new nest site was discovered this year at the Indianapolis Power and Light plant along the White River near Petersburg. A nest box has been present there since 2004. Another new nest is along Lake Michigan with another at US Steel in Gary. Although 3-4 eggs are generally laid by peregrines, clutches of 5 eggs were noted at three sites this year with 5 chicks surviving in one case. About half of the adults have been identified so far. Two are unbanded. Kinney (19 years old) has once again returned to Indianapolis, and with a successful nesting attempt, would give him a mind-boggling 60+ chicks raised in his lifetime. Only one other midwestern peregrine has bred at 19 years of age and the longevity record (according to the Bird Banding Lab) for a peregrine is 19 years, 6 months. Another old-timer was Freedom (18 years old), a released female from Evansville, who has been nesting in Fort Wayne since 1996, but quit laying eggs after 2007. However, after being identified in mid-March, she has disappeared and seems to have been replaced by a juvenile from Canton, OH. A new two-year-old male from Port Sheldon, MI, is also present at that site. A few other veterans include KathyQ (14 years old), Crystal and the amazing one-legged Zephyr (both 13 years old), and Nancy (10 years old), who is paired with her younger brother, Hughes. Their even younger half-sister, Jo-an, is also nesting along Lake Michigan. These three birds were produced at a power plant near Waukegan, IL, north of Chicago. I appreciate any observations or corrections to any of the site accounts.

2011 nesting season summary: nesting attempts were noted at 12 sites, all but one were successful, and 28 chicks (plus an adult) were banded at 11 sites, the only time in recent years where all known nestlings were banded. Peregrines were present at five other locations, but nesting was not observed. Other highlights were the return of Kinney (adding to his record number of progeny raised), 2 pairs with 5 eggs each, a new nest at the Gallagher Power Plant in New Albany, a pair of Indianapolis birds that are nesting in Ohio, and a new falcon cam (at the IPL Harding Street site). Also notable is the return of Zephyr to South Bend, but missing his right foot! Not only did he survive through the nesting season, he helped raise two chicks.

Information about the Midwest peregrines (including a searchable database) can be found at http://www.midwestperegrine.org/

NESTING ATTEMPTS
Milton, KY/Madison, IN bridge – 2002-09, 2011; 26 chicks fledged (2.9/attempt)
female - b/g *R/*A; wild produced in Bedford, KY, 2008
male – Asa Crane (b/r *D/D); 7th year; hacked at Ghent Station, KY, 1997

The nest box on the Kentucky side of the bridge was relocated to the Indiana side in 2011 and remained there in 2012 due to construction on the bridge. Kate Heyden (Kentucky Fish and Wildlife) reported that an adult was incubating on 3/19 with hatching expected 16-20 April. Still apparently incubating on 4/11. Appeared to have hatched prior to 4/23. Demolition of a nearby pier occurred on 4/25 and the female did not leave the nest box. Three chicks (2f, 1m) banded on 5/10; female identified. Male had gold federal band. Bill Poindexter noted all three chicks on pier near box on 5/27.

Wheatfield, NIPSCO Schahfer Plant – 1998-2011; 37 chicks fledged (2.6/year)
female – Latesha (b/g Z/K) - 11th year, wild-produced in Genoa, WI, 1999
male – unidentified
The falcon cam view on 3/23 revealed a female incubating eggs in the nest box. At least 3 eggs were noted on 3/27. Three chicks and one egg on 4/23. Three chicks (2f,1m) banded and 1 one egg collected on 4/17. Three chicks still in box on 5/29.

Porter, NIPSCO Bailly Plant – 1996, 1998-99, 2002, 2006, 2010-11; 19 chicks fledged (2.7/year)
female – unbanded
male – unbanded
Checked the box on 4/4 and noted five eggs and an unbanded adult. Four recently-hatched chicks and 1 egg on 4/27. Five chicks (3f,2m) banded on 5/21.

East Chicago - Mittal Steel - Indiana Harbor West (BOF building) – 2004-06, 2008, 2011; 8 chicks fledged (1.6/attempt)
female – Freedom (b/r 44/E) – 1st year; wild-produced in Green Bay, WI, 2009
male – unidentified
Two eggs and 2 recently hatched chicks in east nest box on 4/26. Three female chicks banded and one cracked egg collected on 5/22.

Indianapolis, Market Tower – 1995-2011; 59 chicks fledged (3.5/year)
female - KathyQ (b/r *B/*C, aka Chantal) - 11th year; wild-produced in Milwaukee, WI, 1998
male - Kinney (b/r 7/*3) - 18th year; hacked in Lexington, KY, 1993
Nest box was visited on 2/22 to service nest box. Both adults and a nice scrape were present and Kinney identified. KathyQ has been identified from camera views. The falcon cam recorded the following timing of egg laying – first egg on 3/20 (6:10 AM), second on 3/22 (1:47 PM), third on 3/25 (6:35 AM). One egg hatched on 4/29 at 9:23AM; second by 7:09PM on 4/30. Two chicks (2m) banded on 5/24.

Michigan City, NIPSCO Plant – 1996-2011; 32 chicks fledged (2.0/year)
female – unbanded
male - b/g W/55 – 4th year; wild-produced in South Bend, IN, 2007.
Identified the adults on 4/3 and noted 5 eggs in the box. Still 5 eggs on 4/24. Two chicks and 3 eggs on 4/30. Three chicks and 2 eggs on 5/4. Three chicks (1f,2m) banded and 1 egg collected on 5/21.

Indianapolis, IPL Stout Plant / Southside Landfill - 2002-03, 2005-06, 2008-11; 26 chicks fledged (3.3/attempt)
female – unbanded
male – unidentified
Nest box empty on 3/15. Falcon cam revealed timing of egg laying: first egg on 3/21 (7:45-9:15 AM), second on 3/23 (5:39 PM), third on 3/26 (early morning or overnight); fourth on 3/28; fifth on 3/30 at 3:45 PM. Hatching first noted on 5/1 at 6:52AM, second around 3:00PM, and four present by 9:00AM on 5/2. Four chicks banded and one egg collected on 5/24. Birds out of the nest box by 5/30, but one found dead.

Gary, Carmeuse Lime Plant – NEW
female – Aurora (b/r 95/E), wild-produced at Dow Chemical, Jefferson Co., KY in 2009
male – unidentified
Falconer Matt was call to this site on 5/15 to remove aggressive “red-tails” and discovered a falcon nest with three 18-day old chicks. The nest is a small recess covered in lime dust. Three chicks (2f,1m) banded on 5/21.

South Bend, City-County/Tower Building – 2003-11; 26 chicks fledged (2.9/year)
female – Guinevere (b/g 79/E) - 9th year; wild-produced, origin unknown, likely from 2001.
male – Zephyr (b/r *9/*A) - 9th year; hacked at powerplant in Muscatine, IA, in 1999.
The falcon cam revealed that the first egg was laid on 3/26 about 8:00 AM; second by 9:00 AM on 3/28; third on 3/30 by 4:32 PM; fourth by 4/3. Hatching occurred on 5/3 around 6:00PM (1 chick) and 5/4 (second by 10AM; third by noon). Fourth chick noticed on 5/14 but disappeared soon thereafter. Two female chicks banded on 5/29. Earlier that day the third chick was found dead on the fifth floor roof below the box; likely due to storms the night before.

Gary, US Steel (pre-carb/coke plant) – 2006-11; 10 chicks fledged (1.7/year)
female – b/g 65/A – 5th year; wild-produced in Clayton, MO, 2005
male –b/r 07/N – banded as adult at this site in 2011
Don P noted an incubating adult nesting in a site away from the nest box on 3/27. Female still incubating on 4/19. At least one chick on 5/3 with adult male photographed. A second chick noted later. Adult female confirmed on 5/22. The two chicks could not be banded due to safety concerns. Both still present on 6/1.

Terre Haute, Indiana State University Business Building – 2010; 0 fledged
female – b/g S/34 – 3rd year, wild-produced in St. Louis, MO, 2009
male – b/g N/83 – 1st year; wild-produced in Indianapolis (IPL plant) in 2008
Steve L reported 2 adults all winter and into the spring. Adult female observed on 3/2. A maintenance person checked the nest box on 4/4 and observed 3 eggs and was harassed by the female. Adult in nest box with 3 eggs on 4/13, 4/23, and 4/30. Two chicks and one egg first noted on 5/4 by 9:00AM. Female with b/g band. Three chicks on 5/11. Three chicks (1f,2m) banded on 5/31.

East Chicago, Inland Steel lime plant (Mittal Steel, Indiana Harbor East) – 2006-09, 2011; 8 chicks (1.6/attempt)
female – Sloopy (b/r 06/E) – 2nd year, wild-produced in Irving Park, Chicago, IL, 2009.
male – unbanded
Raul D checked the nest box on 3/26. Banded adult present in box but no eggs observed. Four eggs on 4/20 and 4/26. Adult still incubating on 5/2. Two chicks and one egg reported on 5/6. At least 3 chicks (probably 4) on 5/9. Four chicks (3f,1m) banded on 5/22.

Whiting, BP Amoco refinery – 2004-08, 2011; 13 chicks fledged (2.2/attempt)
female – Nancy (b/g 5/*4) – 8th year; wild-produced in Waukegan, IL in 2002
male – Hughes (b/g E/09) – 1st year; wild-produced in Waukegan, IL in 2006
Steve H reported a pair near the smokestack nest box in February where they nested last year. This box was then closed due to planned construction in the area; a second box is available nearby and has been used in past years. An attempt to check this box on 3/27 failed due to attacks by the female. A nest box check on 4/19 revealed both adults at the box with 4 eggs. Two chicks and no eggs on 5/7. Two chicks (1m,1f) banded on 5/21.

Gary, US Steel (sinter plant) – 1990-2007, 2009-10; 50 chicks fledged (2.5/year)
female – Crystal (b/r X/*K) - 12th year; hacked in Labadie, MO, in 1999
male – left b/g ?/D??
West nest box had female incubating 3 eggs on 4/19. Still incubating on 5/3 and 5/10. Female on 5 eggs on 5/22. One recently hatched chick and at least 3 eggs on 6/1.

Gary, US Steel (Steel Producing) – NEW
female – Erica (b/g *U/*C) – 1st year; wild produced at IPL plant, Indianapolis in 2009
male – Cara (b/r 00/E; banded as female) – 1st year; wild produced in Waukegan, IL in 2009
Steel workers report aggressive falcons on 35’ high ledge of building on 5/14. Visit on 5/22 revealed identity of adults. Female was tending one egg on ledge with little substrate present. No birds observed on 6/1

New Albany, Gallagher Power Plant – New in 2011; 3 chicks fledged (3.0/year)
female – Isis (b/r 21/H) – 2nd year; wild-produced in Jefferson Co., KY in 2009
male – left b/g
Nest box checked on 3/15 and female identified; male perched nearby. Nest box had nice scrape. Bill C reported aggressive pair present but no eggs on 3/27. One egg in box on 4/4. Still one egg in the box on 4/10 with the female in aggressive flight nearby. Three eggs on 4/25, 5/2, 5/11, and 5/14 with both adults present. Still eggs on 5/25 and 5/30 with defensive behavior from the female.

FAILED NESTING ATTEMPT
Petersburg, IPL Power plant – NEW
female – b/g, purple band
male - unidentified
A plant worker checked a nest box (installed in fall 2004) on 3/24 and flushed an adult off three eggs. On 4/2, three eggs were unattended with an adult male perched on a nearby smokestack. Still 3 eggs on 4/9 with both adults observed away from box. Three cold eggs collected from nest on 4/24; no adults observed. Distant camera revealed multiple daily visits by the adults to the nest box through mid-May.

Porter, Mittal (Bethlehem) Steel – 1997, 2000-01, 2004-05, 2008, 2010; 16 chicks fledged (2.0/year)
female – Jo-an (b/r 00/X) – 1st year; wild-produced in Waukegan, IL, 2010
male – left b/r C/02??
Dave L reported adults at the site until the end of March. Adult female identified in nest box with 3 eggs on 4/18. Three eggs (one apart from the others) on 5/1 with no adults observed. The same thing noted on 5/9. Eggs cold but one adult was perched at the box earlier that day. Three cold eggs collected on 5/21.

ADULTS PRESENT
Fort Wayne, One Summit Center – 2003-07; 38 chicks fledged (3.2/year)
female – Moxie (b/r 99/E) – 1st year; wild-produced in Canton, OH, 2011
Freedom (b/r U/*8) - 14th year; hacked in Evansville, 1994
male - Jamie (b/r 92/D) – 1st year; wild-produced in Port Sheldon, MI, 2010
This site is monitored by a camera with banded adults noted at nest box in March. The new male was first identified on 3/30. Freedom was last identified on 3/18 and the new female was first noted on 4/11 with both birds observed in the nest box courting on 4/13. Female making a scrape on 4/16. Female in box on 5/14; no eggs.

East Chicago, Inland Steel (Mittal Steel, Indiana Harbor East) – 1996-2007; 19 chicks fledged (1.6/attempt)
female - banded
male - (right b/g) 40/P?? - wild produced in Michigan City, IN, 2003.
Adult perched at PCI building across from nest box (inaccessible) on 4/26. No birds observed in brief visit on 5/22 and 6/1.

Lawrenceburg, AES Tanners Creek Power Plant
A pair of birds was first noted in mid-April. Two unbanded adults (mildly aggressive) present at nest box on 5/18.

Gary, US Steel (Tin Plant)

An adult peregrine was first sighted and photographed at a nest box on 11/9/11. Craig Leach reported two adults hanging out at the nest box during the first half of March.

Cayuga, Duke Energy Power Plant
An adult peregrine was photographed at this power plant on 3/2 and remained until at least 3/8. A nest box has been at this site for several years.

NO ADULTS REPORTED

Gary, US Steel (#1 BOP plant) – 2010; 3 chicks fledged (3.0/year)
Female – left b/g 7/H? or D?; purple federal band 1807-69???
Male – left b/g E/33?; - 3rd year, wild-produced in Evanston, IL, 2006
Andy S had not seen any birds in the area by late March. This pair may have moved to nearby Steel Producing building at US Steel.

East Chicago, Cline Avenue (2 sites) – 1989-2006, 2008-2009; 56 chicks fledged (2.5/22 attempts)
No evidence of falcons was seen on 1/18. Demolition of this bridge continues in 2012. No adults observed on 4/7 or 4/18. Most of nest site area demolished by 5/22.

Porter, Mittal (Bethlehem) Steel #2 (D Stockhouse) – 2008-2009; 4 chicks (2.0/year).
No adults reported from this site since 2009.

Porter, Cargill – 2003, 2007, 2009; 4 chicks (1.3/year)
female – left b/g 34/V??
male – Ludwicki?? (C/02) – 4th year; wild-produced at Wheatfield, IN, 2005
No adults reported at this site and nest box empty on 4/18.

Florence, Belterra Casino – 2009; 0 chicks
female – unbanded??
male – b/g (D/58?)??
Nest box empty on 4/25. No reports of peregrines this spring.

Mauckport/Brandenburg, KY bridge
No signs of falcons on 5/9.

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Gary, NIPSCO Dean Mitchell Plant
Pair seen here in previous years is likely nesting at the nearby Carmeuse Lime Plant.


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 Post subject: Indiana Peregrine Falcon Nesting 2012 – 07/31/12 (final?)
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The following information came from:
ohn S. Castrale,Nongame Bird Biologist, Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife,
562 DNR Road
Mitchell, IN 47446

NOTE: VARIOUS CHARTS THAT WERE SENT WITH THIS REPORT COULD NOT BE COPIED FOR SOME REASON TO THIS DOCUMENT.

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Indiana Peregrine Falcon Nesting 2012 – 07/31/12 (final?)

The 2012 breeding season is at a close and it was a record breaking year with many highs and a few lows. Twenty peregrine territories were known in the state and 18 pairs were documented laying eggs. Fourteen were successful in raising at least one chick for a total of 38 surviving to fledge. All but two chicks were banded in the state. Fourteen unhatched eggs were collected. For a comparison to previous years, I have put together the following table.

Four nest sites were new this year; two along the Lake Michigan shoreline and two (Petersburg, Lawrenceburg) in the southern part of the state. The latter two sites are at power plants where nest boxes have been present for several years. Four pairs laid five eggs and one pair was able to hatch and raise all five. Of the 38 chicks banded, two died before taking their first flight. At this time, no deaths of fledglings have been reported.
Of the 41 adults noted in the 20 territories, seven were unbanded, 25 were identified by their leg bands, and nine were not observed well enough to identify. Identified adults had origins in eight different states: Kentucky (5), Illinois (5), Indiana (4), Wisconsin (3), Missouri (3), Ohio (1), Michigan (1), and Iowa (1). Two of the banded adults had been captured and first banded at their Indiana breeding sites in a previous year. One pair consists of full siblings from Waukegan, Illinois. Only five hacked adults were present this year and by the end of the season, only two remained. Nineteen year-old Kinney, the oldest peregrine in the Midwest, returned and raised two chicks (a record of 61 over his lifetime), before being found dead in mid-July on a ledge of the Market Tower building where he nested. The amazing Zephyr (13 years old) who turned up in South Bend during 2011 missing a foot, returned and helped raise a single chick before he died in a collision with a light pole in late June. Freedom (hacked in Evansville), our oldest female at 18 years, nested in Fort Wayne until 2007, but hasn’t laid eggs since that time. She disappeared by late March and was replaced by a juvenile from Canton, Ohio, who is paired with a new male from Michigan.
Nest sites can be categorized several ways. Of the 20 nest sites, five are in downtown urban areas (four on office buildings, one on a bridge) and the remainder are in industrial areas: power plants (7), steel mills (6), an oil refinery (1), and a lime plant (1). All but three nests were associated with a falcon nest box. Fourteen nests were on buildings, five on smokestacks, and one under a bridge. The Cline Avenue bridge site in East Chicago was demolished this summer. It was the first used in 1989 and 56 chicks were raised here, although no birds have been present since 2009.
Nesting results are presented in tabular form below and site accounts follow. I appreciate the many folks who helped monitor or allowed access to falcon nests in the state.
Falcon cams can be viewed at:
(downtown Indianapolis)
http://www.iplpower.com/ipl/index?(IPL plant on south side of Indianapolis)
http://www.nisource.com/enviro/falcon.asp (Wheatfield, NIPSCO Schahfer Plant) – not active yet
http://www.southbendin.gov/falcam/ (South Bend; streaming video)
http://www.aep.com/go/FalconCam (Fort Wayne)
Information about the Midwest peregrines (including a searchable database) can be found at http://www.midwestperegrine.org/

*new site.

SUCCESSFUL NESTING ATTEMPTS

Whiting, BP Amoco refinery – 2004-08, 2011-12; 15 chicks fledged (2.1/attempt)
female – Nancy (b/g 5/*4) – 8th year; wild-produced in Waukegan, IL in 2002
male – Hughes (b/g E/09) – 1st year; wild-produced in Waukegan, IL in 2006
Steve Hopman reported a pair near the smokestack nest box in February where they nested last year. This box was then closed due to planned construction in the area; a second box is available nearby and has been used in past years. An attempt to check this box on 3/27 failed due to attacks by the female. A nest box check on 4/19 revealed both adults at the box with 4 eggs. Two chicks and no eggs on 5/7. Two chicks (1m,1f) banded on 5/21.

East Chicago - Mittal Steel - Indiana Harbor West (BOF building) – 2004-06, 2008, 2011-12; 11 chicks fledged (1.8/attempt)
female – Freedom (b/r 44/E) – 1st year; wild-produced in Green Bay, WI, 2009
male – unidentified
Two eggs and 2 recently hatched chicks in east nest box on 4/26. Three female chicks banded and one cracked egg collected on 5/22. Thanks to Simonne Benoit and Robert Page for access.

East Chicago, Inland Steel lime plant (Mittal Steel, Indiana Harbor East) – 2006-09, 2011-12; 12 chicks (2.0/attempt)
female – Sloopy (b/r 06/E) – 2nd year, wild-produced in Irving Park, Chicago, IL, 2009.
male – unbanded
Raul Dominguez checked the nest box on 3/26. Banded adult present in box but no eggs observed. Four eggs on 4/20 and 4/26. Adult still incubating on 5/2. Two chicks and one egg reported on 5/6. At least 3 chicks (probably 4) on 5/9. Four chicks (3f,1m) banded on 5/22. Fledged by mid-June.

Gary, Carmeuse Lime Plant – NEW
female – Aurora (b/r 95/E), wild-produced at Dow Chemical, Jefferson Co., KY in 2009
male – unidentified
Falconer Matt Kirkwood was called to this site on 5/15 to remove aggressive “red-tails” and discovered a falcon nest with three 18-day old chicks. The nest is a small recess covered in lime dust. Three chicks (2f,1m) banded on 5/21.

Gary, US Steel (sinter plant) – 1990-2007, 2009-10, 2012; 51 chicks fledged (2.4/year)
female – Crystal (b/r X/*K) - 12th year; hacked in Labadie, MO, in 1999
male – unidentified
West nest box had female incubating 3 eggs on 4/19. Still incubating on 5/3 and 5/10. Female on 5 eggs on 5/22. One recently hatched chick and at least 3 eggs on 6/1. One female chick banded and two eggs collected on 6/21; adult female present. The chick was last noted in the box by John Leopold on 7/3.

Gary, US Steel (pre-carb/coke plant) – 2006-12; 12 chicks fledged (1.7/year)
female – b/g 65/A – 5th year; wild-produced in Clayton, MO, 2005
male –b/r 07/N – banded as adult at this site in 2011
Don Przybylinski noted an incubating adult nesting in a site away from the nest box on 3/27. Female still incubating on 4/19. At least one chick on 5/3 with adult male photographed. A second chick noted later. Adult female confirmed on 5/22. The two chicks could not be banded due to safety concerns. Both still present on 6/1. Both chicks reported fledged by mid-June. Both adults and strongly flying juvenile observed on 6/21. John Leopold provided access and made observations.

Porter, NIPSCO Bailly Plant – 1996, 1998-99, 2002, 2006, 2010-12; 24 chicks fledged (3.0/year)
female – unbanded
male – unbanded
Jeff Neumeier checked the box on 4/4 and noted five eggs and an unbanded adult. Four recently-hatched chicks and 1 egg on 4/27. Five chicks (3f,2m) banded on 5/21.

Michigan City, NIPSCO Plant – 1996-2012; 35 chicks fledged (2.1/year)
female – unbanded
male - b/g W/55 – 4th year; wild-produced in South Bend, IN, 2007.
Jeff Neumeier identified the adults on 4/3 and noted 5 eggs in the box. Still 5 eggs on 4/24. Two chicks and 3 eggs on 4/30. Three chicks and 2 eggs on 5/4. Three chicks (1f,2m) banded and 1 egg collected on 5/21.

South Bend, City-County/Tower Building – 2003-12; 27 chicks fledged (2.7/year)
female – Guinevere (b/g 79/E) - 9th year; wild-produced, origin unknown, likely from 2001.
male – Zephyr (b/r *9/*A) - 9th year; hacked at powerplant in Muscatine, IA, in 1999.
The falcon cam revealed that the first egg was laid on 3/26 about 8:00 AM; second by 9:00 AM on 3/28; third on 3/30 by 4:32 PM; fourth by 4/3. Hatching occurred on 5/3 around 6:00PM (1 chick) and 5/4 (second by 10AM; third by noon). Fourth chick noticed on 5/14 but disappeared soon thereafter. Two female chicks banded on 5/29. Earlier that day the third chick was found dead on the fifth floor roof below the box; likely due to storms the night before. Chick 56/U was found dead in the same location on 6/11; again high winds may be responsible. The third chick fledged on 6/17 or 6/18. Male Zephyr was found injured on 6/19 from apparent head trauma; he died later that day. Carole Riewe keeps close tabs on this site.

Wheatfield, NIPSCO Schahfer Plant – 1998-2012; 40 chicks fledged (2.7/year)
female – Latesha (b/g Z/K) - 11th year, wild-produced in Genoa, WI, 1999
male – unidentified
The falcon cam view on 3/23 revealed a female incubating eggs in the nest box. At least 3 eggs were noted on 3/27. Three chicks and one egg on 4/23. Three chicks (2f,1m) banded and 1 one egg collected on 4/17. Three chicks still in box on 5/29. Fledging of at least one chick took place on 6/1. Adults and all three chicks noted in flight on 6/15. Cathy Ortiz, Chris Hensel, and Tony DiPaolo contributed to this account.

Indianapolis, Market Tower – 1995-2012; 61 chicks fledged (3.4/year)
female - KathyQ (b/r *B/*C, aka Chantal) - 11th year; wild-produced in Milwaukee, WI, 1998
male - Kinney (b/r 7/*3) - 18th year; hacked in Lexington, KY, 1993
Nest box was visited on 2/22 to service nest box. Both adults and a nice scrape were present and Kinney identified. KathyQ has been identified from camera views. The falcon cam recorded the following timing of egg laying – first egg on 3/20 (6:10 AM), second on 3/22 (1:47 PM), third on 3/25 (6:35 AM). One egg hatched on 4/29 at 9:23AM; second by 7:09PM on 4/30. Two chicks (2m) banded on 5/24. First flights on 6-7 June. Kinney was found dead on the 19th floor of Market Tower on 7/20. Laura James-Reim writes a blog on this site and organizes volunteers to keep watch on the young falcons.

Indianapolis, IPL Stout Plant / Southside Landfill - 2002-03, 2005-06, 2008-12; 29 chicks fledged (3.2/attempt)
female – unbanded
male – unidentified
Nest box empty on 3/15. Falcon cam revealed timing of egg laying: first egg on 3/21 (7:45-9:15 AM), second on 3/23 (5:39 PM), third on 3/26 (early morning or overnight); fourth on 3/28; fifth on 3/30 at 3:45 PM. Hatching first noted on 5/1 at 6:52AM, second around 3:00PM, and four present by 9:00AM on 5/2. Four chicks banded and one egg collected on 5/24. Birds out of the nest box by 5/30, but one found dead. At least two birds still in the nest box on 6/4. Dave Murphy provided access to this site.

Terre Haute, Indiana State University Business Building – 2010, 2012; 3 fledged (1.5/nesting attempt)
female – b/g S/34 – 3rd year, wild-produced in St. Louis, MO, 2009
male – b/g N/83 – 1st year; wild-produced in Indianapolis (IPL plant) in 2008
Steve Lima reported 2 adults all winter and into the spring. Adult female observed on 3/2. A maintenance person checked the nest box on 4/4 and observed 3 eggs and was harassed by the female. Adult in nest box with 3 eggs on 4/13, 4/23, and 4/30. Two chicks and one egg first noted on 5/4 by 9:00AM. Female with b/g band. Three chicks on 5/11. Three chicks (1f,2m) banded on 5/31. One chick (35/M) retrieved from the ground and placed back on the roof on 6/5. The other male was retrieved and returned on 6/6. All three chicks noted on 6/17.

Milton, KY/Madison, IN bridge – 2002-09, 2011-12; 29 chicks fledged (2.9/attempt)
female - b/g *R/*A; wild produced in Bedford, KY, 2008
male – Asa Crane (b/r *D/D); 7th year; hacked at Ghent Station, KY, 1997
The nest box on the Kentucky side of the bridge was relocated to the Indiana side in 2011 and remained there in 2012 due to construction on the bridge. Kate Heyden (Kentucky Fish and Wildlife) reported that an adult was incubating on 3/19 with hatching expected 16-20 April. Still apparently incubating on 4/11. Appeared to have hatched prior to 4/23. Demolition of a nearby pier occurred on 4/25 and the female did not leave the nest box. Three chicks (2f, 1m) banded on 5/10; female identified. Male had gold federal band. Bill Poindexter noted all three chicks on pier near box on 5/27.

FAILED NESTING ATTEMPTS

Gary, US Steel (Steel Producing) – NEW
female – Erica (b/g *U/*C) – 1st year; wild produced at IPL plant, Indianapolis in 2009
male – Cara (b/r 00/E; banded as female) – 1st year; wild produced in Waukegan, IL in 2009
Steel workers report aggressive falcons on 35’ high ledge of building on 5/14. Visit on 5/22 revealed identity of adults. Female was tending one egg on ledge with little substrate present. No birds observed on 6/1. Adult female perched above nest site on 6/21.

Burns Harbor, Mittal (Bethlehem) Steel Coal Injection – 1997, 2000-01, 2004-05, 2008, 2010, 2012; 16 chicks fledged (1.8/year)
female – Jo-an (b/r 00/X) – 1st year; wild-produced in Waukegan, IL, 2010
male – unidentified
Dave Linn reported adults at the site until the end of March. Adult female identified in nest box with 3 eggs on 4/18. Three eggs (one apart from the others) on 5/1 with no adults observed. The same thing noted on 5/9. Eggs cold but one adult was perched at the box earlier that day. Three cold eggs collected on 5/21.

Petersburg, IPL Power plant – NEW
female – b/g, purple band
male - unidentified
A plant worker checked a nest box (installed in fall 2004) on 3/24 and flushed an adult off three eggs. On 4/2, three eggs were unattended with an adult male perched on a nearby smokestack. Still 3 eggs on 4/9 with both adults observed away from box. Three cold eggs collected from nest on 4/24; no adults observed. Distant camera revealed multiple daily visits by the adults to the nest box through mid-May. Jim Verley monitored and provided access to this site.

New Albany, Gallagher Power Plant – 2011-12; 3 chicks fledged (1.5/year)
female – Isis (b/r 21/H) – 2nd year; wild-produced in Jefferson Co., KY in 2009
male – left b/g
Nest box checked on 3/15 and female identified; male perched nearby. Nest box had nice scrape. Bill Chanley reported aggressive pair present but no eggs on 3/27. One egg in box on 4/4. Still one egg in the box on 4/10 with the female in aggressive flight nearby. Three eggs on 4/25, 5/2, 5/11, and 5/14 with both adults present. Still eggs on 5/25, 5/30, and 6/5 with defensive behavior from the female. Eggs retrieved on 6/8. Jeff Kling allowed access and helped monitor this site.

TERRITORIAL PAIRS

Fort Wayne, One Summit Center – 2003-07; 38 chicks fledged (3.2/year)
female – Moxie (b/r 99/E) – 1st year; wild-produced in Canton, OH, 2011
Freedom (b/r U/*8) - 14th year; hacked in Evansville, 1994
male - Jamie (b/r 92/D) – 1st year; wild-produced in Port Sheldon, MI, 2010
This site is monitored by a camera with banded adults noted at nest box in March. The new male was first identified on 3/30. Freedom was last identified on 3/18 and the new female was first noted on 4/11 with both birds observed in the nest box courting on 4/13. Female making a scrape on 4/16. Female in box on 5/14; no eggs. Pair photographed copulating on 6/11. John Meyer and John Winebrenner help monitor this site.

Lawrenceburg, AES Tanners Creek Power Plant
A pair of birds was first noted in mid-April. Two unbanded adults (mildly aggressive) present at nest box on 5/18.

SINGLE BIRDS OR NON-TERRITORIAL PAIRS

East Chicago, Inland Steel (Mittal Steel, Indiana Harbor East) – 1996-2007; 19 chicks fledged (1.6/attempt)
female - unidentified
male - unidentifed
Adult perched at PCI building across from nest box (inaccessible) on 4/26. No birds observed in brief visit on 5/22 and 6/1. Adult female flew in on 6/21 and was harassed by three American kestrels. Flew in the direction of the lime plant. Robert Page accompanied me to this site.

Gary, US Steel (Tin Plant)
An adult peregrine was first sighted and photographed at a nest box on 11/9/11. Craig Leach reported two adults hanging out at the nest box during the first half of March.

Cayuga, Duke Energy Power Plant
An adult peregrine was photographed at this power plant on 3/2 and remained until at least 3/8. A nest box has been at this site for several years.

NO ADULTS REPORTED

Gary, US Steel (#1 BOP plant) – 2010; 3 chicks fledged (3.0/year)
Andy Seibel had not seen any birds in the area by late March. This pair may have moved to nearby Steel Producing building at US Steel.

East Chicago, Cline Avenue (2 sites) – 1989-2006, 2008-2009; 56 chicks fledged (2.5/22 attempts)
No evidence of falcons was seen on 1/18. Demolition of this bridge continues in 2012. No adults observed on 4/7 or 4/18. Most of nest site area demolished by 5/22.

Porter, Mittal (Bethlehem) Steel #2 (D Stockhouse) – 2008-2009; 4 chicks (2.0/year).
No adults reported from this site since 2009.

Porter, Cargill – 2003, 2007, 2009; 4 chicks (1.3/year)
No adults reported at this site and nest box empty on 4/18.

Florence, Belterra Casino – 2009; 0 chicks
Nest box empty on 4/25. No reports of peregrines this spring.

Mauckport/Brandenburg, KY bridge
No signs of falcons on 5/9.

NO INFORMATION

Gary, NIPSCO Dean Mitchell Plant
Pair seen here in previous years is likely nesting at the nearby Carmeuse Lime Plant.

OTHER BIRDS

Female Mindy (b/g S/26; Mittal Steel, Cleveland, OH, 2008) was found with a fresh wing injury on 1/29 near downtown Whiting (Lake County). She was treated and released on 3/8.
Female IndyFroona (b/g *V/*Y, Market Tower, Indianapolis, 2009) is again nesting in Port Washington, WI.
Female Spitz (b/r 17/Y; Wheatfield, IN, 2011) was found dead in downtown LaPorte, IN, on 7/9/12.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:55 pm 
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An unnamed female Peregrine Falcon was photographed yesterday, 8/18/2012 by birder, Jerry Jordan at Point Mouillee State Game Area in Monroe County, Michigan. The bands are black/red 78/D. This bird was banded on 5/21/2012 at the BP Plant, Whiting, Lake County, Indiana. Here is the link to Jerry Jordan’s Blog with photos:

http://jerryjourdan2.blogspot.com/2012/08/peregrine-falcon-18-aug-2012.html


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I read that yesterday and found that she is the daughter of Hughes & Nancy
BOTH offspring of Fran from Waukegan I love when they start popping up and having nests and chicks of their own even if they are brother & sister :teehee:
Hughes is from 2006
Nancy is from 2002

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