Peregrine Falcon Raised in Lyme, NH Breeds in North Carolina

Posted on November 24, 2015
5-yr old female peregrine ‘A30’ guards her young in 2015. Courtesy Christine Kelly / North Carolina Wildlife.

5-yr old female peregrine ‘A30’ guards her young in 2015. Courtesy Christine Kelly/North Carolina Wildlife.

NH Audubon’s raptor biologist Chris Martin recently learned from North Carolina biologist Christine Kelly that one of the Holts Ledge Peregrine Falcon fledglings from 2010 – ‘Black/Green A30’ – continued to nest successfully in 2015 on a 40th floor terrace at One Wells Fargo Center in Charlotte, NC. She has been nesting there since 2013, after previously breeding for just one season on a 24-story condo building in suburban Atlanta, GA in 2012.

One Wells Fargo Center offers prime real estate for peregrines.

One Wells Fargo Center offers prime real estate for peregrines.

This female peregrine chick was 1 of 3 produced in 2010 at Holts Ledge, located near the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme, and was banded by Martin and NH Audubon volunteer climber Mike Thompson. She dispersed about 950 miles from her natal site along the Appalachian Trail in the Connecticut River valley to a breeding site on the north side of Atlanta in 2012, by far the longest natal-to-breeding site dispersal that we had been able to document for nearly 1000 banded peregrine fledglings from the six New England states since the early 1990s. Even after moving over 200 miles back to the northeast to Charlotte in 2013, she still holds the record for a New England peregrine for longest distance from natal to breeding site.

Thanks to NC State wildlife biologist Christine Kelly for providing photos from the 40th floor nesting area in June 2015, and to climber Mike Thompson who took one of Chris Martin with a much younger A30 at Holts Ledge nest in 2010.

NH Audubon biologist Chris Martin inspects 3-wk old A30 at Holts Ledge in Lyme NH in 2010.  Mike Thompson photo.

NH Audubon biologist Chris Martin inspects 3-wk old A30 at Holts Ledge in Lyme NH in 2010. Mike Thompson photo.

Charlotte NC peregrine nest in planter on Wells Fargo 40th floor patio.  Courtesy Christine Kelly / North Carolina Wildlife.

Charlotte NC peregrine nest in planter on Wells Fargo 40th floor patio. Courtesy Christine Kelly / North Carolina Wildlife.