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A Nebraska Peregrine Falcon appears in Texas

I received an email yesterday informing me that an adult Peregrine Falcon was sighted at the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation north of Houston in The Woodlands, Texas.  Fortunately the observer, Linda Kuhn, was not only able to see that the bird was banded, but also captured photographs of the bird, including a couple of shots which show the color band.  You can see the band in the photo, below.  So who is this falcon?  Where did it come from?  When and where was it banded?

Lincoln Peregrine Falcon in Texas
The adult Peregrine Falcon photographed at the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in the Woodlands, Texas, by Linda Kuhn. Nice photo, nice-looking bird!
Capitol Peregrine Falcon in Texas
A photograph of the same bird showing the legs and bands. If you look closely, you can see the black and red color band has the letters “10” over “R”.  Photo by Linda Kuhn.

Obviously, I would not be writing this post if there was not some news associated with this bird and sighting.  This individual Peregrine Falcon hatched in 2012 at the Nebraska Capitol building.  We banded the bird, along with his brother, on 25 May 2012 (a blog post of that glorious event can be found HERE).  This bird was named “Lewis” as a result of that year’s “name-the-chicks” contest.

Lewis is the fourth Peregrine Falcon hatched at the Capitol to be detected as an adult.  The others include the two that have paired and taken up residence in Topeka, Kansas.  Then, there is Mintaka, who took over as the male at the Woodmen Building in Omaha in 2013.  The map, below, shows where these Capitol offspring have been detected as adults.

A map showing where Peregrine Falcons hatched and raised at the Capitol have been observed as adults.  Map by Lauren Dinan.

A total of 22 Peregrine Falcons have fledged at the Capitol (a full overview is provided HERE).  In addition to the four mentioned in this post that have made it to adulthood, two were recovered dead.  We have no information for the remaining 16, which is not surprising because we expect a low recovery/detection rate for birds banded as eyases.  In fact, receiving information for the four adults is very satisfying.

Hopefully there are more email surprises in the offing!

Thanks to Linda Kuhn of Anadarko Petroleum Coroporation and Jacquelyn Fallon of the Midwest Peregrine Society for their assistance in bringing this report to my attention!

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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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