Thursday, June 03, 2010

Two Weeks Old

It's been two weeks since hatch and the nestlings are growing fast! Both chicks look healthy and normal--even the one that had its foot caught earlier this week. Banding will take place on Tuesday, June 8. The event is scheduled to be shown via live, streaming video on our website beginning at 10 a.m.

When there has been unhatched eggs in past years we have removed them at banding, however, Jennifer Norris, our statewide peregrine biologist has advised that she wishes the eggs to be left in the nest until later this summer when the box is cleaned out during usual post-nesting maintenance. Therefore, we won't be able to answer the question of if the eggs were infertile until later this year.

Don't forget to cast your vote to name the chicks! Click here to go to the webpoll. The Marion Star ran a great article about the students at Benjamin Harrison having the opportunity to name the chicks.