December 16, 2003 – With considerable disappointment, I must report that no data has been received from this bird since November 15. With no signal, the outcome of this, the only transmitter deployed in 2003, does not look good.
November 30, 2003 – The last useful data were received from this bird on Nov 10. Since then, a few signals were received, but without location information. Ironically, a photo was taken near Cleveland of a peregrine on Oct 27, the day in which data was received from this bird in that area. A greenish band was observed. There is no indication of activity since Nov 10. With data sent every 5 days, it is possible (and hope) that this bird will reappear.
November 6, 2003 – Data were received on November 1 and 6 for this bird, fledged from the Gulf Tower in Pittsburgh in July, 2003. Typical of this bird since deployment of telemetry, relatively few records were received from this bird. Also typical since she moved to Cleveland, there has been relatively little movement. She has not moved much from the urban center.
October 14, 2003 – The data this week, received on October 4 and 9, showed this bird remaining in the Cleveland area. A few data points were received receive nothing new about the locations, but indicate that she is still doing well.
October 2, 2003 – The Ohio connection is further developed! What the lure is, I cannot tell. Nothing against folks from Ohio, but why so many from Pittsburgh move northwest toward Cleveland is beyond my explanation. Yet, again we have a bird from the Gulf Tower in the Akron and then Cleveland Ohio area. Now I should clarify that this pattern has been demonstrate by banded birds, not the two carrying telemetry last year. They went east. However, more than half a dozen young from Pittsburgh have been discovered in Ohio based on band recoveries. Our newest "Radio Flyer" has joined that lot, making her first move from the friendliest city to the southern Lake Erie shore some time between September 25 and October 2. She is now on the move, with future destination beyond my ability to predict!
September 25, 2003 – Data continues to come from this newest member of the peregrines tracked by telemetry in Pennsylvania. The transmitter is scheduled to report every five days, and the latest readings were mid-day on September 21. In addition to 'radio' detections, she has been observed by Pittsburgh residents and reported to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy on several instances. In some cases there has been a concern for her welfare. At this point, we find no reason to believe she is impaired. She surely is feeding herself, and the map shows a modest scatter of locations around Pittsburgh, particularly east along the I376 corridor. We expect her to disperse from the area any time, as her siblings have done. One of her nest-mates was discovered injured at an airport in Cincinnati on September 24. We will report on her condition when we get that information.
August 26, 2003 – With this report we begin a new report. A juvenile female from the 2003 nest on the Gulf Tower, Pittsburgh, was fitted with a new transmitter to begin tracking a new bird. This was completed in order to replace information from the first Pittsburgh female, whose battery-powered transmitter was expected to be out of service by now. Since we were unable to capture that bird to replace the transmitter, we opted to apply a new transmitter on a new bird. To date, this bird is still in the Pittsburgh area. Her transmitter will be reporting only every fourth day, so updates are expected to be fairly sparse.