Date: 6/12/18 3:42 pm From: Dave Leibert <xdave...> Subject: More Falcon Fun . Bethlehem, Northampton County
I went by the Bethlehem peregrine nest sire today to check on the progress of the young birds. As of yesterday it looked like a male had fledged and a female was still on their nest ledge . The bird that hadn't fledged was being encouraged by the parents to leave the nest by offering food away from the nest.
Well today I drove close to their building and a security guard was looking out for the young female that had flown off of the nest and ended up landing on a car in the parking lot. This bird was in good shape and we approached to about ten feet away. The parents were circling nearby over the river and didn't seem too excited.
There were 4 or 5 security guards there and they were doing a good job making sure that the bird didn't get hit by a car if it ended up in the parking lot. I told them about the protocol for dealing with the fledglings that are on the ground and they said someone was coming with a box to "rescue" it. I assume this means relocate it to a safer position since it looked to be in good shape (although it was getting a hot foot from the black car in the sun).
I had to split for work and hoped everything would sort itself out for the young falcon. I stopped back around 5 this afternoon and there was an adult and a young bird up on the nest ledge. It almost looked like the female again. Unless this is a second young female this might have been the bird from this morning that took to the wing again and was back on the nest ledge.