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Curious happenings and healthy skepticism

The Peregrine Falcons have suddenly been spending an unexpected amount of time at the nestbox and behaving in ways that generate curiosity.  The following screenshots were captured Sunday afternoon.

Peregrine Pair

The Peregrine Falcon pair curiously inspecting the nestbox on 29 June 2014.

Female Peregrine

The female Peregrine Falcon in the nestbox on 29 June.

male Peregrine

The male Peregrine Falcon getting up close and personal.

All of this has some individuals wondering whether the Peregrines may “pull a kestrel” and lay a second clutch of eggs.  I would be shocked and surprised if anything of consequence occurs at the nestbox this year, but I am naturally a skeptic.  Peregrine Falcons will re-nest, but re-nesting typically occurs when eggs are lost (or removed) during the early days of incubation.  According to the Birds of North America species account, there is a documented instance of a pair re-nesting after losing three week old young, but this was in California.   This blog post mentions a case of double-brooding (raising two sets of young in one season) by a Peregrine Falcon pair in Virginia in 2008.  Again, such instances are more exception than rules.

So, yes, I will occasionally be checking in on the Peregrines, but I will remain a skeptic that this is nothing more than curious behavior up until it is not.

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About Joel Jorgensen

Joel Jorgensen is a Nebraska native and he has been interested in birds just about as long as he has been breathing. He has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues. Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. When not working, he enjoys birding.

One comment

  1. they have been taking turns hanging out at the box, I am skeptical as well, but will watching for any mating happenings as I walk by ;) this week.

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