Posted by: grperegrines | 07/06/2017

7/6/17: No news is good news

There haven’t been any observations of the fledgling reported since my last post, which hopefully means that it has been flying well and getting fed.  I would have heard about a rescue or if a body had been found, which is where the title of this post comes from.  Assuming this juvenile follows the pattern of past fledglings, it is still somewhere in the general area of the nest box.  However, we don’t have any experience with the preferred perches in this location, so it is difficult to know where to start looking for it.  By the middle of August it should be catching its own meals and exploring further away before leaving on its first migration in early fall.  Since peregrines are territorial, juveniles rarely return to the area where they were born because they would be chased away by their parents if they did.  Unfortunately, without being banded, there is no way for us to know if this one eventually finds a mate.

As for the chick that left the nest too early, evidence of a window strike was found below the nest box.  The most likely conclusion is that the chick was injured and not able to get to a safe place where it could be found or rescued.

This hasn’t been a great season for the Grand Rapids peregrines, however the establishment of a second nest suggests we have some interesting years of falcon watching to look forward to.  Many thanks to all those who who sent in observations and to the GVSU crew that installed and maintain the nest box and cam, especially Bill and Todd!  I’ll be posting  occasional updates when peregrine falcon sightings in the area are reported.



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