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Male Peregrine Falcon identified

This morning Brett Daugherty, Troy Kroger and I ventured up to the 18th floor of the Capitol.  One reason was to take a look at the cameras (Troy is our IT guy).  As some have already noticed, Troy fiddled with the view of one the cameras.  The second reason was to take some photos of the two falcons to hopefully capture band combinations so the birds could be identified.  Confirming the identity of the male this year is a bit intriguing compared to previous years as our long-time resident male, 19/K, was spotted at the Woodmen nest box in Omaha in February and apparently got in quite a fight with his progeny, Mintaka, there in March.  Well, I am pleased to report we were able to confirm the identity of both birds.

A female Peregrine Falcon showing off her bands at the Capitol on Monday morning.
 A/Y band
A close-up shows a black band with white letters “A” and “Y”. The photo confirms this is the same female, named Ally, present at the Capitol since 2005.
male Peregrine Falcon
An angry male Peregrine Falcon showing his bands at the Capitol on Monday.
A close-up shows a black and green band with a “19” and a “K”. This photo confirms the same male Peregrine Falcon is back at the Capitol despite his wanderings.
19/K over Lincoln
19/K soaring over Lincoln. Apparently there is no place like home.

One mystery solved.  If you are interested in watching the live streaming video of the Peregrine Falcons, please click HERE.

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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.

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