Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Female Identity Known!

Thanks to several volunteers out there keeping close watch on the ledgecam, the new female's leg bands were read today! Her color band on the left leg is all black with the code: 32/X. This bird is "Durand" from the 2009 nest in Hamilton, Ontario Canada!
The nest in Hamilton, Ontario is located on a Sheraton Hotel. There is a webcam on that nest (although discontinued for this season) and detailed information from each nesting year is provided by the Hamilton Community Peregrine Project. To find information on the 2009 nest, follow this link, click on "History" then click on 2009 at the top of the page.
Despite being only a second year bird, believe it or not, this is not the first time Durand has been seen in Ohio. Before showing up in Columbus, this female was observed in April, 2010, at the I-80 Turnpike Bridge nest in northeastern Ohio where the resident male chased her out of the territory. Here is a photo of the aerial fight:
Thanks to all of the volunteer efforts that helped to document her back in April and now at the Rhodes Tower.