The Amazing Disappearing and Reappearing Juvenile Falcons

Max comes for a landing on the roof of the State Building
Max comes for a landing on the roof of the State Building

The last time that three juvenile Peregrines were seen in Downtown Utica was on July 27th. Two days later Max was the only one left in canyon. The next thing we expected to happen was for Max to leave, but instead, Zander returned to the fold. The two sibling sparred and chased each other (and their parents), quite a bit. By August 2nd, Max seemed to be the lone kid again. On August 3rd, we were convinced that Max had left the area. We even made an announcement to that effect on our Utica Falcon Facebook page. Not only did Max reappear in the evening, but he had Zander with him. On Friday night the brothers were darting around the State Building, chasing each other and sparring like mad. High winds in the evening allowed them to fly especially fast. As for Astrid and Ares, they had been doing more and more ledge displays during the period when the kids were less of a presence in the canyon. However, when the young returned the parents reverted to keeping low profiles and even occasionally hiding. We fully expect that sometime soon they will have the canyon to themselves again, but don’t ask us to make a prediction about when that will be. We’ve given up on doing that. At least for this year!

Perching on the steeple
Perching on the steeple
Astrid and Ares keep a low profile on the side of the ADK Bank Building
Astrid and Ares keep a low profile on the east side of the ADK Bank Building
Zander flies up to where Spirit was perched
Zander flies up to where Spirit was perched
Spirit looks at her brother
Spirit looks at her brother
Spirit looks into a window of the courthouse
Spirit looks into a window of the courthouse
Perched on top of the steeple
Two perched on top of the steeple
Two brothers at their nighttime perch on the State Building
Two brothers at their nighttime perch on the State Building
Chasing after dad
Chasing after dad
A kid gets hazed by a Kingbird
A kid gets hazed by a Kingbird
Carrying off part of a pigeon meal
Carrying off part of a pigeon meal
Perched on a power pole near Harbor Point
Perched on a power pole near Harbor Point
Coming in for a landing on a window ledge
Coming in for a landing on a window ledge

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