Peregrine Falcon Chicks Banded at Brady-Sullivan Tower

Posted on May 15, 2012

The Peregrine Falcon chicks that many of you have been following on the webcam hosted by Spectra Access were banded by Senior Biologist Chris Martin at the Brady-Sullivan Tower in Manchester Thursday, May 10. The chicks will remain in the nest until they are strong enough to make an attempt to fledge the nest. We expect this to happen in early June. Even after leaving the nest, they will remain dependent on the adults for another two months.

Their story:
Chick #1 hatched April 15 and the second, and final, chick hatched five days later on April 20. It was the last egg laid of the four eggs. Two eggs did not hatch. These chicks were born to a mother who is 7 years old and who is the second mate to the male who is 12 years old. The pair has been nesting together at the Brady Sullivan Tower since 2006. (Peregrine Falcons tends to mate for life, but will replace a mate when one dies.) Biologist Chris Martin knows the male peregrine as well as anyone. In 2000, he put the leg band on it when it was a chick nesting on Cathedral Ledge in Conway. The female was banded by a biologist in Massachusetts when she was a chick in a nest on top of a building in Worcester in 2005.

Check out the following news story and photographs of the banding:

“Prime Time for Peregrines” by Mark Hayward, Union Leader, May 11

Concord Monitor photo

Concord Monitor photo

One of the chicks after being placed back in the nest after banding. Photo by Peter Gray.

Photo by Peter Gray