Peregrine falcon chicks banded.
answers Jeff provided
to viewers' questions!
about peregrine falcons.
As of today, June 27, 2013, the nest
camera is officially turned off until mid-March 2014 - when
hopefully the first egg will be laid in the nesting box. SiouxZee
and Coal had another successful season, having 4 eggs, raising and
fledging 4 youngsters - 3 males and 1 female. The staff at the
Ameren Missouri Sioux Energy Center, the power plant where the
nesting box is located, has not had to touch any of the chicks,
meaning the fledging was successful. Many times with almost all
peregrine nests that are near concentrations of people, a
youngster is found on the ground. Just like human children, the
first few "steps" are awkward, and the peregrine chicks
occasionally get themselves into places that are not safe. Not so
with our group this season!
The parents will continue to feed the
youngsters for as many as 6 weeks, as the kids gain the necessary
flight skills to capture their own prey and survive in the wild on
their own. When the chicks do finally leave their parent's nesting
territory, they may hang around each other for a month or more,
but will end up traveling to who-knows-where totally solo. It
would not be out of the question for one of our kids to show up in
Central or even South America, or any of the corners of our
country or Canada. In Latin, peregrine means "the wanderer," so
the species was aptly named.
Thanks for your interest in SiouxZee and
Coal and their new chicks. It's exciting to be a part of the
process and have the opportunity to observe their parenting. See
you next year!
World Bird Sanctuary