May 08 2012

Port Clinton Peregrine

Published by at 6:30 am under Books & Events,Peregrines

Back in the 1990's when I attended the Rachel Carson Institute I learned that an important part of nature observation is to make a list of the species I encounter.  This creates a good historical record of those present and can be compared over time to discover which species disappeared.

During birding vacations list-making morphs into a challenge.  How many species did I see?  Did I miss an easy one?

At the Biggest Week in American Birding peregrine falcons aren't easy to tally because they're random fly-bys but before I left for northwestern Ohio I did my homework.  If I didn't see a peregrine in the marshes I knew where to find one.

Sure enough by Sunday night I still hadn't seen a peregrine and I was leaving Monday without birding so I stopped by the Ottawa County Courthouse in Port Clinton.  I had read that a pair is present this spring.  To be honest, I would have stopped there anyway because I can't resist the opportunity to see a peregrine.

And here she is, perched below the courthouse clock.  She looks like a sub-adult to me.  Maybe she'll raise a family next year in the nestbox provided on the south face.

I tipped off my friends Chuck & Joan Tague and Margie Kern so they could tally a peregrine too.  Thanks to Chuck for the photo.

(photo by Chuck Tague)

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3 Responses to “Port Clinton Peregrine”

  1. Frank Corrention 08 May 2012 at 12:02 pm

    You are amazing!

  2. Cris Hamiltonon 09 May 2012 at 12:00 pm

    HI Kate,

    Didn’t know about this. If I make it back out there, I’ll try to check her out! Good to see you in OH.


  3. Neftalion 03 Jun 2012 at 6:09 pm

    We’ve mostly osepry and red shouldered hawks near me, but they all nest far above the nearby homes, on the tops of trees and power line towers. I’m going to enjoy watching your falcons again!

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