Jersey City Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

The Boss is doing well.  Went down Sunday and Tuesday and saw all three both days.  Here is the proof:

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The Boss being fed by one of the adults on Tuesday, June 25

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Second adult circling 101 Hudson and Plaza 5

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The other adult coming in for a landing after the flyby.  Notice the glass hazard.

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Thursday, June 20, both adults at the scrape while The Boss was on the opposite side of the building eating a meadowlark

Another from Thursday, June 20

Another from Thursday, June 20

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Beautiful Athena on 101 Hudson watching over her son on Thursday

Peregrine Falcon Fledgling at 101 Hudson

The Boss, our fledgling falcon in Jersey City, made the leap of faith.  My friend Mike and I were there on Thursday and must have just missed the first flight.  The adults were busy feeding him huge quantities of food on the 37th floor small terrace on the NE corner of the building.  He would have had to have flown across the building from the NW corner 41st floor.

Other news we have is that our female appears to be at least 18 years old!  Mike got pictures of the band numbers that we were missing.  More about that later.

First, Athena is there with food

First, Athena is there with food

The Boss charges her and Athena leaves

The Boss charges her and Athena leaves

He yells for her to come back and feed him

He yells for her to come back and feed him

She returns and the gorging begins

She returns and the gorging begins

You can tell he is excited to be beak fed

You can tell he is excited to be beak fed

Watching a peregrine feed young is not for the faint of heart

Watching a peregrine feed young is not for the faint of heart

Can you name that prey?

Can you name that prey?

Yummy

Yummy

After the feeding, both adults did flybys to get The Boss to move

After the feeding, both adults did flybys to get The Boss to move

Clean up time

Clean up time

Stuffed fledglings take a nap

Stuffed fledglings take a nap

Sacking the Peregrine

A great, big THANK YOU to Kathy Clark, NJ Fish & Wildlife Biologist, David Wheeler and Ben Wurst, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, for letting me attend the banding of our 101 Hudson, Jersey City eyas.  It is always a thrill to be 42 stories above the Hudson River overlooking Manhattan and New Jersey.  Mike and I got there eventually.

And a big THANK YOU to the Mad Momma peregrine, too.  She was actually a little calmer this year.  I guess she finally recognizes all of us we’ve stolen her chicks so many times.  And we always return the kids.  This year Kathy had an ‘official’ NJ Fish & Wildlife banding bag.  Our young male, 44/AM, didn’t complain until the very end of the ordeal.  He kept spitting out his medicine, but that’s typical of children, right?   Mike and I like to name the youngsters, so this year we chose “The Boss.”  Apologies to the biologists and scientists out there.

Before you check out the pictures I need to make a plea for donations to get a new web cam for these birds.  Contact NJ Fish & Wildlife or Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ.

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Female. This is the first time we ever saw her perch when humans have been on her roof.

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“The Boss” is back home

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