The red-tail fledgling that was picked-up on Burnside Avenue on Tuesday will be released on Friday afternoon. We will place hi back on the fire escape or building rooftop above the fires escape sometime Friday afternoon. He should be able to quickly relocate his parents and vice versa. He had a full medical work-up over the past couple of days and checked out fine. Today we tested him in our 100 foot flight cage and he is fully flighted. Apparently his interlude on Burnside, while dramatic, left him unscathed.
We did band him while he was in captivity. We placed a silver band on one of his legs with a set of unique numbers (like a social security number of birds) and information on who to contact if the band/ bird are recovered. The band can only be read if it is in hand so the bird would have to be recaptured for one reason or another (migration studies, injury, death...) to get a band report. There are other more sophisticated ways to track birds like radio transmitters which can be tracked with devices on the ground and satellite telemetry devises which beam signals to satellite---we are not using these types of devices on this bird--don't have the resources in hand right now--although it would be fun and interesting to do somewhere down the line.
Keep and eye out on Raptor Cam on Friday afternoon and you may see the reappearance of the Burnside Fledgelings.
This picture shows a 2009 Raptor Cam Fledgling being banded
And some additional shots from the first days after fledging...
Raptor Cam Fledgling at Sunset
Mom and Dad in flight
Raptor Cam Flegdling Perched
Raptor Cam Fledgling Perching on Truck