Yesterday afternoon three female peregrine chicks were banded at the Gulf Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh. It was quite a media event with videos from KDKA and the Post-Gazette, linked below.
Here’s the story in pictures.
Before the banding, Dori guarded her nestlings. This blind is always closed except on Banding Day. Dori knows something is up.
As the banders came out on the ledge, Lori Maggio took photos from the ground. Here Dan Brauning, lead bander and Wildlife Diversity Chief at the PA Game Commission, holds up his hand so Dori can't get too close.
This chick waits patiently though she wasn't always quiet.
The process is set up like an assembly line to minimize the time the chicks are indoors.
Dan Brauning applied the bands ...
... then each chick got a health check from the National Aviary's Dr. Pilar Fish with assistance from Teri R.
You may recall that one unhatched egg remained at the nest. The PA Game Commission collected it for routine chemical tests to provide a data point in the decades-long recovery of peregrine falcons.
As the chicks were returned to the nest, Dori and Louie dove and kakked.
And then Dori resumed guard duty.
(photos by Kate St. John, John English and Lori Maggio)
Click on the links below for video coverage of the Gulf Tower banding on 16 May 2017.
From the Post-Gazette: