|This dark immature Peregrine was perched on the Hotel Utica - photo by D Cesari|
|The new nest box is located 15 stories high on the Adirondack Bank Building - photo by D Cesari|
|Another immature male Peregrine was seen the Saturday before - photo by D Cesari|
I regret to say that it looks very much like we no longer have a pair of adult Peregrines in the downtown area. It's fairly certain that a territorial pair would not allow these interlopers to hang out on "their" buildings. Even though some sort of vocal commotion was reported at the new nest box this week (which may or may not have been attributable to falcons), I think the chances of a breeding attempt in Utica in 2013 is becoming less likely. It's already getting late in the season for a pair to get started - which may seem strange to some of us that recall our original pair (Maya and Tor) beginning their nest as late as the first week of June.
|Tor and Maya at the nest tray on the Gold Dome Bank in 2009|