May 26 2011
These five little birds at the Gulf Tower don’t know it, but around 9:00am this morning their world is going to seem very scary. That’s when Beth Fife from the PA Game Commission will come out on the ledge to collect them for banding.
Their father Louie has seen this happen year after year but like most male peregrines he doesn’t get in Beth’s way.
Their mother, Dori, has experienced Banding Day only once as a “mom.” Last year she backed off and did not attack, but this year she may change her mind. Beth’s experience is that the mother birds get more aggressive as they learn the banding day routine each year.
Watch the Gulf Tower falconcam between 9:00am and 10:00am today to see what happens.
I’ll be inside the Gulf Tower, taking pictures with my cell phone, and will post an update this afternoon.
(photo from the National Aviary falconcam at the Gulf Tower)