Yesterday was the big day to see the third peregrine falcon that hatched on May 6 this year at 101 Hudson in Jersey City. I had the extreme honor of being present during the chick check when the nestlings were eight days old. One had deformed legs and there was no way it could compete for food with its aggressive siblings. The difficult decision to remove the chick was made by Kathy Clark, NJ Fish and Wildlife biologist. We had little hope the bird would survive. My buddy, Mike, and I named our little guy Legs.
Legs eventually made his remarkable journey to Mr. Phung Luu, Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections, LLC in Dover, Delaware. Legs has yet to ‘earn’ his new name, but he definitely is a star and he knows it. On his second public show he appeared extremely at ease with the huge crowds at the Delaware Nature Society’s Harvest Moon Festival.
“I wish I had a falcon.”