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Author Topic: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff  (Read 3316 times)

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UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« on: April 01, 2011, 06:13:57 PM »

I got this from Chris Martin regarding the Peregrines at Rumney

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Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff

We discovered on Thursday March 31 that Peregrine Falcons have taken up
residence on the Main Cliff.  The entire Main Cliff (from “Space
Shuttle Wall” on the left through “Iron Man Wall” and
“Wendell’s Route,” to “Friendship Tower” on the right)
is temporarily closed to climbing.  Your cooperation is essential if
these birds are to nest successfully.  Peregrines are protected by both
Federal and State laws.  Harassing, pursuing, shooting, killing,
trapping, capturing, or attempting to do so, is illegal.  Formal closure
signs will go up at Rumney on Monday April 4, but climbers should
consider Main Cliff off limits effective immediately.
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Re: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2011, 10:43:08 PM »

I got this from Chris Martin regarding the Peregrines at Rumney

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Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff

We discovered on Thursday March 31 that Peregrine Falcons have taken up
residence on the Main Cliff.  The entire Main Cliff (from “Space
Shuttle Wall” on the left through “Iron Man Wall” and
“Wendell’s Route,” to “Friendship Tower” on the right)
is temporarily closed to climbing.  Your cooperation is essential if
these birds are to nest successfully.  Peregrines are protected by both
Federal and State laws.  Harassing, pursuing, shooting, killing,
trapping, capturing, or attempting to do so, is illegal.  Formal closure
signs will go up at Rumney on Monday April 4, but climbers should
consider Main Cliff off limits effective immediately.
Nice to see things are back to normal.   ;D
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Re: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011, 11:56:42 PM »

add Asylum and Summit to the list.     
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Re: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2011, 10:29:49 PM »

I see they are spreading!  I wonder how far they will go in a couple more years?
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Re: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2011, 11:09:49 PM »

I wonder why they keep closing the Asylum. I doubt they would nest there and it is far enough away from the Summit crag that climbers would be unlikely  to disturb them.
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Re: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2011, 10:00:37 AM »

Attention Climbers: 

The seasonal closure for Peregrine Falcons at the Main Cliff at Rumney Rocks Climbing Area has been lifted. 

Temporary closures for NH state-threatened Peregrine Falcons are implemented at certain high-use sites from time to time to promote successful nesting.  In this case, NH Audubon biologists monitoring the site for NH Fish & Game have determined that the local falcon pair has abandoned their nesting attempt on the Main Cliff and are not attempting to re-nest at Main Cliff or elsewhere on the adjacent cliffs this Spring.  Climbers are still encouraged to report any encounters that include vocal and aggressive behavior by the falcons. 

At the present time, no additional area closures for falcons at Rumney Rocks are anticipated during the 2011 season.



Chris Martin, Senior Biologist
Conservation Department, New Hampshire Audubon
84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH  03301

Office phone:  603/224-9909 x317;  Fax:  603/226-0902;
E-mail:  cmartin@nhaudubon.org;  Web:  www.nhaudubon.org

New Hampshire Audubon -- Protecting New Hampshire's natural environment for wildlife and for people.
 
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2011, 02:21:23 PM »

This is bitter sweet news.  The cliff is open, which is great, yet I would like more falcons in the area.  They are such beautiful birds to watch.
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2011, 06:36:13 PM »

Check it out. If you want to watch Falcons the Audubon has a camera mounted in a nesting box on the Brady Sullivan building in Manchester. Three chicks two weeks old. Pretty cool.
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2011, 08:30:43 PM »

I wonder what happened?  When I helped Chris band several years ago he told me that Rumney was the most successful hatching site in New Hampshire.

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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2011, 10:05:47 PM »

When I helped Chris band several years ago he told me that Rumney was the most successful hatching site in New Hampshire.
Wow, I would not have guessed that.  I too wonder what happened.
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2011, 09:30:08 AM »

Makes you wonder if they are still traumatized by the big rock fall that went on there and are thinking of moving to the city where there is better coffee and  pigeons.
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2011, 05:46:05 PM »

Makes you wonder if they are still traumatized by the big rock fall that went on there and are thinking of moving to the city where there is better coffee and  pigeons.

hehe  the falcons in  PA   do love their pigeons..   can usually catch them tearing one up at some point during the day on their webcam.   

http://www.pacast.com/players/falcon.asp

ps  they are banding the chick   on that one tuesday at 1pm  if folks are interested/bored    they do a big thing with school kids and bring the chick inside and a ranger explains everything.   kinda cool.    they are also going to have one of the adults  (probably the new female that i'm guessing they will band also) 
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2011, 06:21:15 PM »

I wonder what happened?  When I helped Chris band several years ago he told me that Rumney was the most successful hatching site in New Hampshire.


The falcons did not know the " soft catch" method of belaying and had to leave. They will appearing at another crag shortly    ;)
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2011, 09:14:29 PM »

The falcons did not know the " soft catch" method of belaying and had to leave. They will appearing at another crag shortly    ;)
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Re: UPDATE: Peregrine Falcon nesting at Rumney's Main Cliff
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2011, 10:11:16 PM »

I wonder what happened?  When I helped Chris band several years ago he told me that Rumney was the most successful hatching site in New Hampshire.


The falcons did not know the " soft catch" method of belaying and had to leave. They will appearing at another crag shortly    ;)

Probably old fart falcons that could only nest on slabs.
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