Luna Has Left the Fold, But the Other Three Juvenile Falcons Continue to be Seen

Lots of playing and sparring
Lots of playing and sparring

We’ve had one of our young Peregrines leave the fold since my last update. Luna, the smallest male, was last seen flying and sparring with his siblings on July 14th. Although we don’t know for sure what has become of him, we have no evidence that he had been injured or killed. The incentive to leave the family is strong for a small male since he would have the hardest time obtaining food from the adults. More often than not, when he did get something he would lose it to one of his larger siblings. As of July 21st we still have three juvenile Peregrines on their parent’s territory. They frequently return to the canyon where they hunt, spar, and make tremendous commotions. They are very loud birds! All three have been seen hunting. They do this alone and in teams. Sometimes they fly very low as they try to stir up prey. They are often out of our view, hunting on the outskirts of the territory. So far they all return to the canyon at least a few times a day and almost always by nightfall. The parents have been doing fewer ledge displays at the box just lately. They still spend a fair amount of their time keeping out of sight of the perpetually hungry gang of kids.

Coming in for a landing
Coming in for a landing
Reaching out for the ledge
Reaching out for the ledge
Checking out the flying partner
Checking out the flying partner
Flying with your shadow
Flying with a shadow
Coming down on the steeple perch
Coming down on the steeple perch
Having a visitor on the windowsill
Having a visitor on the windowsill
The kids still enjoy perching  next to each other
The kids still enjoy perching next to each other
Spirit has a full crop
Spirit has a full crop but is still calling for food
Chasing Ares off his perch again
Chasing Ares off his perch again
Coning in with prey
Coning in with prey
Three kids in view
Three kids in view
A landing on the very top of the steeple
A landing on the very top of the steeple
Astrid keeping a low profile
Astrid trying to keep a low profile
high altitude sparring
high altitude sparring

 

Dashing by the audience of fledge watchers
Dashing by the audience of fledge watchers

1 thought on “Luna Has Left the Fold, But the Other Three Juvenile Falcons Continue to be Seen”

  1. Great to have an update, Matt. Great info and love the pictures. Outstanding picture of one of the kids and their shadow, GREAT photography. I will pray Luna stays safe and is getting enough to eat on his own. Thanks again for the update, always a pleasure, Kaye

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