Date: 3/25/17 5:36 pm From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Prairie Falcon: RFI
Some info to help you search .. .. mostly, just what Ned and Rich told us:
1) It tends to perch for many minutes at a time; then one short flight, and another perch. It is fairly still while perched, and easily overlooked. Its last (of 3) perches while we were there lasted a good half hour.
2) Two of the perches during our hour were high on the twin cylindrical towers on the S side of the plant, and one was high on the building itself. In all three cases, the perch was *BELOW* the highest point. On the towers, it was on the rim or "collar" about 2 feet below the top rim. On the building it was on a metal ledge just underneath a ramp or gangway of some kind. I.e. a good perch to stay out of the rain, but a hard location to spot the bird.
3) Each flight we saw was down, then back up to another high perch. The first flight was a classic power glide, very Peregrine-esque, almost straight towards us. It banked left and headed back up to perch on a tower, the whole thing seeming almost effortless including the climb back up.
On Mar 25, 2017, at 8:23 PM, Stephen Johnson wrote:
> > Bird was still present, on the S side of the power plant, from 5:15 to 6:15 PM tonight Saturday. Much thanks to Ned Brinkley and Rich Rieger for pointing it out to Lynn and me. > > I'm guessing it's an adult, based on the small dark spots, not long streaks, among the white flanks. Anyone else voting on that? > > I think Elton's directions for parking, near N. 3rd Street or Bashford Lane, are probably best. If that doesn't work for some reason, we parked on Slater's Lane, on the N side of the power plant, and walked around to the S. That works OK, but Slater's is sub-optimal because you can only walk CCW around the plant from there. No access to go directly E toward the river. > > Steve Johnson > Fairfax, Virginia > > > > On Mar 25, 2017, at 5:48 PM, Donald Sweig wrote: > >> If anyone goes to look for, and sees or does not see the Prairie falcon early Sunday morning, a posting as to the status would be much appreciated. >> Donald Sweig >> >> Sent from my iPad >> *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <stevejohnson2...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird *** > > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <stevejohnson2...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***