Posted by: grperegrines | 06/13/2018

6/13/18: RIP 29/K

The hazards facing young falcons are many, especially in urban areas.  Monday night, 29/K, one of the female fledglings from the courthouse nest was hit by a car.  She was taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for emergency surgery, but they were not able to save her.  I don’t know any details about when and where she was hit, but at least we know why I couldn’t find her that evening.

Flying into windows and being hit by cars are two of the most common causes of death for urban peregrines.  The experts estimate that only 50% of peregrines survive to see their first birthday.

As far as I know, the other three fledglings are okay as of this morning.  The GVSU females may make the occasional visit to the nest box, but don’t need to return there to get fed.  We’ll do our best to keep track of them, but they will start venturing further and further away from the nest location.


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