May 26 2011
It was an eventful morning for the Gulf Tower peregrine family.
At about 9:05am, Beth Fife and Doug Dunkerley of the Pennsylvania Game Commission came out on the ledge to collect the peregrine chicks for banding.
Dori and her mate Louie strafed the area, back and forth, trying to drive away the humans that came to take their babies.
If you were watching the falconcam at that point, you know that it failed just then, accidentally disconnected when Beth and Doug went out the window. I scrambled to get the video back on and missed seeing Beth and Doug capture Dori and collect her five chicks.
As soon as all six birds were indoors, it was clear that Dori was quite unhappy so she was given a quick physical and released immediately to wait by the window for her babies to return.
Her five youngsters — two boys and three girls — passed their physicals with flying colors.
Here’s one of the cuties awaiting his (or her) exam.
In only half an hour, Beth and Doug were back on the ledge to return the chicks to their nest. Dori and Louie strafed again, still angry!
Beth and Doug worked quickly to return the chicks to the back of the nestbox. Whew! The banding was over.
To watch a slideshow of this morning’s events, click on Dori’s picture.
(photos by Cory DeStein. Slideshow photos from the National Aviary falconcam at the Gulf Tower and Kate St. John)