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Three Peregrine Falcon Chicks Banded & Reunited

On Thursday morning three peregrine falcon chicks were banded atop the Bank of America building in downtown Providence. Jeff Hall, senior director of...

On Thursday morning three peregrine falcon chicks were banded atop the Bank of America building in downtown Providence.

Last year, a new Peregrine falcon female took over the nesting box. She returned this year with a new male partner.

Jeff Hall, senior director of advancement at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI), was there to assist. He said falcons have been nesting at the Superman Building for 15 years now, making this a yearly spring ritual.

Hall said chicks are banded at 21-days-old, when their legs are fully grown.

“Banding is very important, because it tells us how big the population is and if it’s decreasing or increasing, which are important things to know,” said Hall. “That’s how they [biologists] know if they’re threatened or endangered.”

The band acts as a bird's identification, providing information such as the bird’s gender and place of birth. That’s how biologists know that the female peregrine falcon, born in Lowell, Massachusetts, took over the nesting box last year and has a new partner this year.

“This male, though, was born in Providence at that nest four years ago, and we get that information from the bands,” said Hall.

Hall reports the peregrine couple welcomed two males and female. All three appear to be healthy and well fed.A volunteer rescued one of the chicks that fell from the nest onto a ledge earlier this week. The chick didn't break any bones.

Banding day also marked a reunion. Hall said one of the chicks fell from the nest earlier in the week. It was rescued by an Audubon volunteer, wildlife photographer Peter Green. Hall said Green took the baby bird to a wildlife rehabilitation clinic. (You can read more about the rescue and reunion on Peter Green’s blog.)

“They checked it out, fed it, and we brought it back this morning and we put it back with its siblings,” said Hall.

Hall anticipates the three baby birds will be ready to leave the nest by the second week of June. You can watch these peregrine falcons on ASRI's live web stream.

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The volunteer took the fallen chick to a wildlife rehabilation clinic where it was examined and fed quail.
The peregrine chick has a muscular pouch, called a crop, near its throat where it temporarily stores food before digestion. Here the chick appears top-heavy with a full crop.
A peregrine falcon born in Lowell, Massachusetts returned for a second year to nest this spring at the Superman Building in downtown Providence. Her new male partner this year was born at that very nest four years ago.
One of the peregrine chicks fell from its nest and onto the ledge. Wildlife photographer Peter Green, who has documented banding activities at the Superman Building for seven years, rescued the chick.
Three Peregrine Falcon Chicks Banded & Reunited
Three Peregrine Falcon Chicks Banded & Reunited