Jul 10 2012
Good news from the Wilmington, Delaware peregrines.
If you’ve been following the Wilmington peregrines this year you know all four chicks are female and that they fledged by May 30.
On the afternoon of June 28 the juveniles were waiting for dinner when Wilmington’s falcon fans gathered on the roof of a nearby parking garage for the Fifth Annual Wilmington Falcon Watch. They were treated to quite a show.
Right above their heads an adult peregrine did a food exchange with one of the “girls.” Kim Steininger captured the action in a photo sequence which I’ve made into a slideshow. Click on the photo above to watch.
My two favorite frames are the slide where the juvie (nicknamed RG) looks worried that she’ll drop her meal and the slide where the adult turns his head far sideways to check on the kid, “Did she grasp the food or did she drop it?”
In the end it was a successful transfer. Good job, RG!
(photos by Kim Steininger)
p.s. More good news, though we’re waiting for confirmation: Last week I learned that the nesting peregrine pair at the Warren, Ohio water tower is a male from Pitt 2007 and a 2008 female from “the DuPont Building in Bloomington, Delaware.” There is no Bloomington in Delaware so this might be a typo for Wilmington. If the band-number of the female is confirmed to be from Wilmington, it means one of Dorothy’s sons has hooked up with a Wilmington girl. I hope it’s true. How cool is that!