Thursday, May 21, 2015

Peregrine Falcon Chicks Banded in Minneapolis Metro Today

One of the Wells Fargo chicks with bands.

The second Wells Fargo chick after banding.
Peregrine falcon chicks were banded at two sites in the Minneapolis metro area.  Wells Fargo, in Bloomington, had two chicks (both banded as females), and Colonnade, in Golden Valley, had four chicks (one banded female, and three banded as males.)

Two bands are placed on the legs of each chick; one is a federal USFWS band.  The other is a bi-color band, recognized as a project band, and can be read with a scope or binoculars.  Chicks are banded at about 21 days of age (the Wells Fargo chicks are banded a little younger).  The legs are the size they will be as adults, even though the chicks are not their full adult weight.  

The Wells Fargo site has been active since 1997.  Colonnade has been active since 1991.  The female at Wells Fargo, twelve-year-old female b/g 30/E Speedy, hatched at the King plant in Bayport, MN, over-wintered at Colonnade, but was chased off by twelve-year-old female b/g 49/E Loree, a 2003 hatch from the NSP plant in Monticello, MN.

 TRC staff provide leadership, technical advice, and administrative support for the Midwest Peregrine Society, which includes 13 Midwest states and two Canadian provinces.  The history of the Midwest peregrine restoration project, as well as a searchable database for the public to look up individual birds, sites and states, is here. 

B/g 30/E Speedy

Jackie Fallon, of the Midwest Peregrine Society, bands
a Colonnade chick.

Dr. Julia Ponder, TRC's executive director, takes a
blood sample and checks the overall health
of a Colonnade chick.

B/g 49/E Loree

B/g 49/E Loree

The 2015 Colonnade family.


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