Jun 07 2010
If you were watching the Gulf Tower webcam between 9:00am and 10:00am this morning you’ll have noticed a lot of excitement.
Today was Banding Day. All five peregrine chicks got new jewelry on their ankles, though not without a lot of shouting. The whole family raised a ruckus.
Even before the event the father bird, Louie, was suspicious. He’d already witnessed eight banding days in the years he’s nested at the Gulf Tower. This was the ninth and he knew that lots of noise inside the building meant his kids were about to be taken from the nest.
Louie stood guard atop the web camera, then enlisted Dori’s help.
Dori guarded from the nestbox roof but she didn’t know what to expect. She’s a new mother, new to the Gulf Tower and new to what happens on Banding Day.
When Beth Fife and Doug Dunkerley came out on the ledge, Dori jumped down to the gravel but immediately flew out to attack from the air. Her attacks were relentless but ineffective in keeping the humans away from her babies. Since she didn’t stay on the nest, Dori was not captured as her predecessor Tasha normally was.
Indoors the chicks were examined, weighed and banded. Beth held the chicks while Doug applied the bands. In this photo Beth is holding one of the females who was temporarily quiet.
All the nestlings are in good health: Three boys and two girls, just like at Pitt this year.
Before returning the chicks to the nest Beth pulled out the weeds and gathered the garbage but there was hardly any prey to analyze — just a lot of leafy weeds.
Obviously Dori is a better housekeeper than her neighbor Dorothy at Pitt.
(photo by Kate St. John)