All four falcon chicks have fledged! Spruce, Cypress, Willow and Sequoia have taken their first flights without any reports of trouble. Daniel is working hard to bring food to the juveniles wherever they are perched. At this age they are not skilled hunters and still depend on their parents to provide meals and will vocalize loudly if they need food or assistance from their parents. Go this website to hear what the vocalizations of a peregrine falcon sounds like:
Within the next few weeks they will be able to capture food on their own. The young peregrines are difficult to tell apart from their parents but can be seen perching on the Liberty Savings Tower or nearby buildings in downtown Dayton. This is the first time Dayton and Daniel have raised four chicks. At this time Spruce, Cypress, Willow and Sequoia have passed many hurdles and this nesting season can be considered a success. With the state delisting of the peregrine as a threatened species in 2015 the young peregrines are now part of the success story of the recovery of the peregrine falcon population in Ohio. The Dayton nest is part of a sample monitoring program in Ohio and data from the FalconCam will be submitted to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Wildlife including the continued presence of the pair at the Dayton nest, the number of eggs laid, the number of eggs hatched, and the number of offspring that fledge. As long as none of the young peregrines need human assistance they will stay in the area until the end of summer. When the youngsters have enough skills they will leave Daniel and Dayton to find their own territories and hopefully one day raise young of their own.
The FalconCam stream will be turned off soon but if any significant events occur they will be posted.
A special “thank you” to our sponsor for their support with the 2016 Falcon Cam season.