08 June, 2009

Baby falcons are ready to fly

I posted before about the Perigrine Falcons nesting on the roof of the Rachel Carson State office building in Harrisburg, PA. There is a falcon cam showing the family. Click here to view the falcons via slide show, live feed or photo gallery.

The five young eyases have physically grown and developed considerably. Soon, they will make their first flight attempt, known as fledging. Beginning on Monday, June 8th, watch and rescue staff will track the activities of the eyases as they take to the air, one at a time until all have fledged. Although the larger eyases have had the advantage at feeding times, the smaller, more agile ones may have the advantage in flight. The little male (white band) has been running up and down the ledge all week. He’s just waiting for his feathers to develop a little more before he makes his first attempt. At the other end of the spectrum, we see the largest female (green band) - she may not be as agile as the smaller birds and the watch and rescue team will watch her closely and respond if she ends up on the street or on one of the nearby parking garages. In any event, fledging is probably the most critical step in the life cycle of peregrines and success can help to ensure the long-term survival of these endangered raptors.

I've been watching the live feed all morning, and one just took off. How, cool.

Click here to see my prior post.


lilsista said...

Wow! How very blessed you are to be able to witness such a great event in those young babies lives! I'm a new follower and just thought I'd stop by and say hello! "Hello :) "
Hope you have a great day!

Domestic Designer said...

Unbelievable! Have a great day!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Karen, this is SO neat! I love stories like this, and I appreciate the link to watch. Let's pray they all make it safely into flight!


Sheila :-)

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Thank you for visiting my blog so I could visit yours. I am the Adirondack 46er, and tell your husband if he enjoys hiking like we do, it's a great experience.

How fitting that you are sharing the link to watch the baby falcons. In the area I live, the falcons are nesting at one of the professional office buildings and we're hoping for babies!

Tootsie said...

Lilsista is my real little sister!!! the brat beat me to it and took my comment! I bet it is a really big deal in that area for them to be there...I hope they all take first flight successfully

Linda said...

This is wonderful!

Have they already gone? I looked at the link but don't seem them.

Linda said...

I looked again and now I see them. This is wonderful - thanks!

Yolanda said...

Aren't they so regal. I love watching all the birds of prey we have here in the valley.Thanks for sharing this .