I was told last June that the company had applied for permits to resume blasting at this site. They have cleared a lot of the boulders along side the road however they haven`t rebuilt the road going up the hill. I was told about application by a City of Abbotsford official when he stopped by to ask what we were photographing, he was quite surprised that the Peregrine`s and Cliff Sparrow`s were nesting there.
As far as i know they were not going to do blasting during the nesting period but that was what they said last year. City Hall was not anxious to give them a permit because there were rare orchids above the quarry that are found no where else around here. I would give City Hall a shout and see what is going on.
096 by Henry Wall, on Flickr095 by Henry Wall, on Flickr Photo 96 is right underneath where the Peregrine`s nest site is. However since they started working here i have not seen the Peregrine`s here unlike last year when they returned in January and stayed until the end of June.
Bert, thanks tons for the update and Hank for keeping an eye on things. Very encouraging to hear for the bird's sake. We should watch to see if the Rock Wrens return as it looks like they likely had breeding success last summer.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)