Saturday May 03rd 2014, 10:33 pm
Filed under: Wildlife

And we had banding day in San Jose Friday at the peregrine falcon nest: two males, two females and happy fledging to all three weeks from now. San Francisco has three eyases, a bit younger than ours, to be banded this coming week.

John’s video, including footage from biologist Glenn Stewart’s helmet cam. At the three minute mark you get an eyas looking straight at you for their closeup.

Eric’s photos and videos taken from the top of the city garage fourteen stories below looking up and watching that long careful descent from the roof to reach the nest (yow), the parents zooming at the intruder. Remember that peregrines have been clocked diving at 241 mph–and they were not happy.

Link to the live cam feed is here.

While over at our house, I set out crumbles of a suet-peanut-insect mix yesterday, saw a tiny Bewick’s wren swoop in to grab some, and then watched as it flew to the top of the shed and fed a newly-fledged baby. Came back for more and then quickly back to a second chick, which had been quietly waiting its turn.

The peregrine came back from near extinction. Outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, my favorite little wren has yet to make that turnaround.

Doing my small part.

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I’d love a wren cam!

Comment by twinsetellen 05.04.14 @ 6:36 pm

I was delighted this week to see that a pair of bluebirds has taken up residence near the park where I walk my dog–I’ve seen them twice now, so I think they’re going to stick around for the summer at least. (Also, very proud of myself for seeing the female first and thinking “that looks like a bluebird . . .” before getting confirmation from her mate!)

Comment by Lanafactrix 05.04.14 @ 10:36 pm

So very cool! Thanks for sharing. And I do hope your wrens stick around.

Comment by DebbieR 05.06.14 @ 4:17 pm

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