Barely-fledged Peregrine Falcon

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    This young female Peregrine apparently jumped from her nest before she could fly back--she lost altitude and ended up on a parking lot roof 2 blocks from the nest box. She sat on a concrete block for quite a while.

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    1. Ol' Mr Boston ages ago | reply

      Great shot! The fledgling Red Tails here have done the same thing--fly for a bit, miss a high perch by a large margin,then sit for a long time... havent gotten the flying muscles in shape yet, I guess...
      Such a pretty bird...

    2. lucycat ages ago | reply

      "Now what do I do?" This is so beautiful, Laura! Such lovely detail in the feathers even in the medium size version of the pic.

    3. Laura Erickson ages ago | reply

      The problem for Peregrines is the nests are so high. Babies that don't have a successful flight often end up dead. After I shot these, a car startled her and she tried to take wing, but there wasn't the same wind there'd been earlier in the day, and she ended up grounded. I brought her up to another roof (couldn't get on the hotel roof where the nest box is) but she apparently tried again later and got grounded. She's at a rehabber's house overnight, and he'll put her on the hotel roof today.

    4. grace newton ages ago | reply

      I'm so glad she's okay, Laura. I was worried. Beautiful shot but under the circumstances, I'd rather not see her up close.

    5. Laura Erickson ages ago | reply

      Well, like any baby bird, this one had a bit of an adjustment to make when learning how to take wing, but she seems to be flying well now, with her family. She hasn't gotten into any more mishaps.

    6. Freddie jr ages ago | reply

      great shot

    7. Second City Warehouse 117 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Midwest Peregrine Falcons, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      You probably already know this, but just in case -- I looked the bird bands up in the peregrine database. This female was born somewhere atop Greysolon Plaza in 2005. They named her Maggie. Looks like there were four chicks at that site that year (3 females, 1 male). If you live around the area, it looks like the nest is still active, so start watching for activity in about March/April!

    8. Laura Erickson 117 months ago | reply

      Yep--that's my Maggie!

    9. Second City Warehouse 117 months ago | reply

      I figured you knew! You a monitor?

    10. Laura Erickson 117 months ago | reply

      I used to work for an optics company right down the block from the nest box, so encouraged our local Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve to start monitoring the box. They started a splendid program the following year. hawkridge.org/education/pw.html

    11. Second City Warehouse 117 months ago | reply

      Excellent! I'm a monitor in Chicago! Thanks for the link!

    12. Laura Erickson 117 months ago | reply

      And I'm FROM Chicago! I'll be speaking for the DuPage Birding Club this spring!

    13. Laura Erickson 117 months ago | reply

      Thanks! I was very lucky--at the right place at the right time!

    14. standing mailbox [deleted] 112 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Winged Wonders of the World, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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