May 23 2012
You could have knocked me over with a feather. I was sure this year’s peregrine chicks at the Cathedral of Learning were a mix of males and females. Nope. At the Banding we learned all three are male.
The event began as usual. The PA Game Commission’s Beth Fife and Doug Dunkerley advanced to the nest while Dorothy and E2 tried to strafe them. Doug held up a broom to be the highest point for the adults to attack but neither tried to hit it. Instead Dorothy landed on the ledge.
“Stay away from my babies!”
Beth collected the chicks and sent them indoors, then she began to clean the nest.
Just when Beth was handling the unhatched egg, Dorothy jumped too close and Beth had to capture her. The egg broke against Beth’s shirt. Whew, it was rotten!
It was a good thing Dorothy came in for a checkup. She had some parasitic insects under her wings (caught from prey) and now they’re gone. Thanks to Dr. Bob Wagner for the health check! Here’s Dorothy having her armpits examined.
The three chicks were given health checks, weighed and banded. They are three healthy boys.
In less than a hour they were back in the nest. Another successful year.
(Thanks to Pat Szczepanski for the first three photos. The next two were from my cellphone.)
UPDATE: 23 May, 4:15pm, More photos!
These two photos from Donna Memon show how Dorothy & E2 feel about Banding Day…
(You tell ‘em, Dorothy! Cool flying, E2!)
…And how cute baby peregrines are. (Smiling for another camera.)
(two photos by Donna Memon)