Dec 08 2007
The good part about banding birds is that you find out where they end up. The sad part is you sometimes find out they are dead.
Last spring Scott Gregg found a pair of peregrine falcons breeding in Beaver County. This was a first for the county and generated excitement among us peregrine fanatics.
The good news: The adult female’s bands indicate she is Kelly, born in 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. Her mate is unbanded so we don’t know his origin.
This spring the pair raised two chicks, a male and a female, photographed on their banding day by Todd Katzner. Based on the size of the chicks, the male is on the left.
The sad news: Last month the young male peregrine was found dead beneath an electric pole on a farm in Louisville, Ohio with prey in his talons. Perhaps he had landed on the pole to eat dinner and accidentally made contact with two bare wires.
Because he had bands, the farmer who found him reported him to Ohio DNR and they contacted the PA Game Commission to trace the bird.
So we know where he died. I wish he’d been found under happier circumstances, but at least we’ve learned a little more about the movements of young peregrines.