The peregrine falcon fledging featured in the June 23rd blog has been released back to his parents. All peregrine falcon nests in the Pacific Northwest are tracked due the the fact that peregrines were listed as an endangered species for nearly three decades. However the first time we learned about this nest site was when the fledgling was found on the ground with downy feathers still on his head.It looks like he fledged a little early and may have wound-up in the river. When we examined him last week he was in good shape but had a protozoan infection.
Yesterday we took him back to the site where he was found along the Columbia River and observed one parent and a brother and sister flying in the vicinity. We held him up high so that he could get his bearings and also so that he would call out ("cack") and let his family know he had returned.
We then put him on the ground. He took a couple of hops and then took off on a spectacular flight---probably his only flight since falling from the nest ledge. We watched for another hour as the adults flew about an interacted with their young. Pretty spectacular! Watch the release.
Also check out the very cool story about bull trout being returned ot the Clackamas River for the first time on 50 years!
Holding up peregrine to make parents aware the he had returned