Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Peregine season!

Last week, four peregrine falcon chicks were successfully banded at the Colonnade building. There were three males and one female and each was fitted with federal and bi-colored leg bands. The first nesting attempt at this site was made in 1991, and to date, there have been 66 young produced. The chicks’ nest tray – which overlooks downtown Minneapolis - is reached only by a window-washing carriage, operated by the building’s facilities management.

As the carriage descended and the chicks were removed, the female kept a close watch, repeatedly flying past and vocalizing to defend her chicks. The entire process took about one-half hour and when the chicks were returned, the female was perched on the nest ledge.
The first photo shows the male watching over the chicks. You have a peregrine's eye view of what the chicks will see as they fledge!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the update on the Colonade Falcons, Amber. Hope to see the City Center banding in person. Until then ....