May 08 2012
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)