May 8, 2012 —
Two peregrine chicks that hatched in a nest on the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg, PA will be banded during a live webcast of the event at 1 p.m. on May 9, according to the PA Department of Environmental Protection, which hosts the webcam with which the nest has been monitored.
The nestlings will be weighed, examined and the sex will be determined before leg bands are attached. The bands will provide for an individual signature that identifies the birds when they fledge, disperse and seek out their own nesting territories.
Last year, one chick hatched for a total of three young produced at the nest over two years. The female was very young last year, and typically young peregrine females will lay eggs that are not viable. The pair has doubled the number of nestlings this year and as she matures, the female is expected to produce eggs with a greater hatch success rate.
For more information visit http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/falcon/