Aug 07 2013
Exciting news at Green Tree! Thanks to Shannon Thompson we now know the identity of the female peregrine at the water tower.
Shannon made it her goal this spring to read the female’s bands. It was a challenge! After months of frustration she finally saw “Black/Green 74/AE” last Sunday and sent the numbers to Pennsylvania’s Peregrine Coordinator, Art McMorris, who tells us …
This is a bird we’ve met before. She hatched and fledged at the Cathedral of Learning in 2011, a daughter of Dorothy and E2. Back then she was nicknamed “Blue” because of the blue tape on her USFW band.
Blue barely left home, choosing to nest only 5.25 miles from her birthplace. Her mate is unbanded so we’ll never know where he came from but we do know he was born in 2012 because of his juvenile plumage.
Blue was not one of the stars of the 2011 brood. She kept a low profile while Henry (“Red”) and his sister Yellow stole the show. Henry is now famous in Shaker Heights, Ohio and Yellow died in a window kill. Blue is making up for lost time by twice halting work at the water tower.
Blue and her mate raised a ruckus when major maintenance began this spring so work was halted to allow them to nest. The nest was unsuccessful and the nesting season was over so the Game Commission told the water company they could resume work in July. When they did, workers heard young peregrines calling from an unseen location on the tower. Work halted again. Now, three weeks later, no young peregrines have been seen at all and we’re beginning to wonder. Time will tell. (Later: see the comments for an update.)
Meanwhile I’m glad Blue finally allowed Shannon to read her bands. It’s great to know that another of Dorothy and E2’s kids is doing well.
A very positive identification.
(photo by Shannon Thompson)