From The Falcon Wire 5/29/2020 :: Watch and Rescue Update The first fledgling that was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator due to concerns over its health, specifically a mite infestation, has been successfully returned to the RCSOB. This young falcon, a small male, was released on the roof at 1:30 pm and within minutes took flight, briefly landed on the PA Department of Education building, and then returned to the top of the RCSOB. Late Friday afternoon it dropped down to a 9th floor ledge where the adult male had left a bird carcass. After feeding, anticipate the fledgling to return to the 15th floor ledge. Red Creek Wildlife Center staff determined that overall this falcon is in good health and treated it for the mites. It is now continuing to hone its flight skills. 5/29/2020 :: Watch and Rescue Update Day Four of Falcon Watch and Rescue began with increased pre-fledge activity. Might another fledgling attempt their first flight today? Stay tuned to find out! The first fledge was May 27. Due to some concerns over this fledgling's health, specifically a mite infestation and being slightly underweight, it was determined to keep this young falcon overnight. Current reports indicate the fledgling is doing well and is ready to be returned to the Rachel Carson State Office Building. That will likely occur today. There have been questions about banding while the birds are at the rehabilitator. While it was not an easy decision, due to the difficulty in developing a safe protocol for banding, all banding has been suspended for 2020.
Saturday PM - there had been rainbows but I didn't get any shots worth sharing -
Little bit later -
Before the rains REALLY arrived -
5/28/2020 :: Watch and Rescue is Underway! On May 27, Day Two of the 2020 Falcon Watch and Rescue saw the season's first fledge at 1:18 pm, and its first rescue two minutes later as the yellow-footed male came to the ground on 4th Street, near Strawberry Street. The young falcon was not injured and appeared healthy, but during rescue, a possible mite infestation was observed around the fledgling's mouth and head. Normally, the young falcons are treated for mites and given a basic physical during the annual banding event by PA Game Commission biologists, but this year the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so out of an abundance of caution the young falcon was taken to Red Creek Wildlife Center. Prognosis looks positive towards the young falcon being returned, possibly before the end of the week!
The initial start date for Falcon Watch this year was selected based on the historical first flight records that have been kept by Volunteer Coordinator Sue Hannon since 2005. Historically, the female chicks tend to fledge between 40-44 days after hatching, and males tend to fledge between 38-40 days after hatching. The overwhelming majority of first flights for males has been on day 39. For females, there isn't a clear date for the first flight but there is a trend that when males outnumber females in the clutch, the females fledge a day or two earlier than when there are a majority of females.
Initially, the thought was the first two hatched were females and the youngest one was male. However, in the last few days, it has become clear that one of the first two chicks (probably the oldest) is also a male, and his development has been extremely rapid in the last few days. Projecting ahead, his first flight should take place on May 28. This likely could be a busy week for falcon fledging!
Little watchin' Easter Lambie -
My Dawn's Tuesday foodables - Shrimp and Khorn Chowday again - went with the bowl as it is oh-so-tasty!
My #3 special
Special #3: SMOKED TURKEY MELT Grilled turkey, and steamed broccoli topped with melted Muenster on a toasted whole wheat pita
and it was a WIN WIN - got TWO pickles!!
All around tasty good!!!
Tried to be a little less slothslug on Tuesday -and it was laundry day - so that helped!