Dec 03 2011
In Youngstown a “job opening” for a resident female peregrine was filled last month by this bird.
Peregrines in need of a good nest site go wandering in the fall and those in need of a mate advertise their availability. I’m sure Stammy hoped a female would notice him in Youngstown — and one did. By early November peregrine watchers saw Stammy courting with a new lady.
Last Monday Chad and Chris Saladin stopped by Youngstown for a look and identified her as Strike, hatched in 2009 at the Cleveland Terminal Tower nest.
Chris wrote, “Strike spent this nesting season in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at the Station Road Bridge nest site. She and McKinley had two chicks, but both chicks died in the nest. We saw Strike fly into the nearby CVNP Turnpike Bridge nest territory, where she had a couple skirmishes with the resident female, Lara, and hadn’t seen Strike since. ”
I’m glad that Strike found Stammy. I hope their 2012 nest is a great success.
(photo by Chad+Chris Saladin)