Just got back from Barrow last night. Will go out and watch the red-tails this weekend and report back next week on what I see.
In the meantime the young peregrine falcon pictured below came into Audubon today. He was found along the banks of the Lower Columbia. He is about 37 days early may have fledged a bit prematurely and found his way into the river. When he did not try to fly away, some concerned citizens placed him in a box and called Audubon. We sent a volunteer out this morning to retrieve him.
Overall he appears to be a little skinny but otherwise in good shape. He does have a minor case of trichinosis. Followers of Raptor Cam Will recall that a couple of years back one of the Raptor Cam nestlings had a serious case of Trichinosis. Trich is a protozoan infection which birds of prey pick-up from pigeons. Under normal circumstances they fight-off the infection and build-up immunity. serious cases usually only result when the birds are already debilitated for some other reason. In the case of this falcon it looks like he would have fought it off himself.
We took blood, x-rays and gave him a full exam this afternoon. If all his tests check out okay, we will release him back where he was found early next week. We will also determine where his nest site is located. peregrines were critically endangered during the 1970's, 80's and 90's and all peregrine nest sites in the northwest are still closely tracked.
We put him in a small flight cage this afternoon and he immediately began chowing down.
Audubon veterinarian Deb Sheaffer exams peregrine fledgling