Friday, June 20, 2008

First flight & bird's eye view of the Rhodes Tower

We received a couple of emails last evening reporting around 8:30 p.m., while lunging for food, one of the nestlings got pushed or otherwise fell off the ledge. In checking this morning, all four are on the nest ledge so if it did happen as reported, the bird was able to make it back to the ledge!

Check out this link to see a bird's-eye view of the Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus! This link shows the south side of the building where the nestbox is located. Look closely at the 4 black recessed areas towards the top of the building (between the top row of windows but below the roof). These are air intake vents. The peregrine nestbox is located in the lower left corner of the second black vent area from the right. It almost looks like a peregrine might even be sitting on the ledge in front of the nestbox but without zooming in further, it's hard to tell for sure. Quite a very interesting perspective!

If you missed the banding or want to revisit it, a video clip of the event is now available on the Ohio Division of Wildlife's website.