Posted by: grperegrines | 06/06/2019

6/6/19: GVSU Eberhard Center banding day – updated

Here is the official banding info for the two chicks in the Eberhard nest box: Male – Black C over Blue 67,  Female – Black 32 over Blue K.  (Note – both this female and the female from the courthouse box have the Blue K, so we’ll have to look for the 31 or 32 to tell them apart once they start flying around.  Luckily, location will help, as they stay near their nest boxes for the first week or two.)

The two chicks in the Eberhard nest box were banded this morning.  The smaller one was determined to be a male and the larger one was banded as a female to be on the safe side. (Her measurements were right on the border of the two size ranges, so don’t be surprised if she is discovered to be a he in the future!)  I’ll post the band info here when I get it.

This was our adult female’s first experience with the banding process and she was definitely upset to have humans handling her babies.  The male actively defended the chicks, too, doing as much swooping as Mom was.  Once the chicks were returned, the two adults continued to fly around for some minutes before the female landed on the blue letters where she could look into the box.  When I left, some 25 minutes after the banding was over, she had still not entered the box.  Very different from the quick return of the female at the Courthouse box.


Responses

  1. There was a Peregrine Falcon on Channel 8 news today, on one of the traffic cameras!

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    • Do you remember which camera it was on? I didn’t see anything about it on the TV8 website.

  2. I believe is a youngster on the Ottawa Level inside the construction area for the 200 Monroe site. May be a hawk though. I can’t get close enough. He’s standing. But lots of poop around.
    ~Laura
    You can reach me at 616-828-3149
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    Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse misspellings and autocorrections!

    • I believe it is days too early for even the chick in the Courthouse nest box to take off. It could be one of the adults, however. They find interesting places to use as lookouts.

  3. Looks like he flew off on his own. Sorry for the alarm!

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    From: Laura Lewakowski
    Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:54 AM
    To: grperegrines
    Subject: Fw: URGENT!! Baby down??

    On closer inspection, its definitely a red-tail. Is there someone I can call??

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    From: Laura Lewakowski
    Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:43 AM
    To: grperegrines
    Subject: URGENT!! Baby down??

    I believe is a youngster on the Ottawa Level inside the construction area for the 200 Monroe site. May be a hawk though. I can’t get close enough. He’s standing. But lots of poop around.
    ~Laura
    You can reach me at 616-828-3149
    [image1.jpeg]

    Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse misspellings and autocorrections!


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