The Terminal Tower falcon eyasses will be banded by the Ohio Division of Wildlife on Wednesday, May 11th - and they need names.  The Ohio Division of Wildlife is giving us (along with others) the honor of submitting name suggestions, and we hope to have one of our names chosen – but it has to be a really good name for a falcon.  

 

Keep in mind when thinking of names that these little fluffy eyasses will soon grow to be fierce predators, the fastest creatures on earth.  Also, keep in mind that we will not know their sex until after they are examined on banding day.  Put your thinking caps on and send your ideas for names as soon as possible to raptors@hvc.rr.com

 

Here are guidelines from the Ohio Division of Wildlife for name suggestions: 

  • A list of multiple names for each gender or names that are not gender specific but suitable for a predatory bird is preferred
  • Falcons should almost never be named after living individuals.
  • Names should not be replicated from active nesting pairs in Ohio.
  • Names should not be replicated among nests during the same nesting season.
  • Names used at a particular nest site in the previous 5-10 years or anywhere in Ohio in the past year should be avoided.  

For information about the falcons that have nested at this nestsite, visit:  http://www.semelfactive.net/CLE/PeregrinesTT.htm

 

When you are thinking of names, picture a falcon that fears nothing and rules the skies…………….

Ms. Sara Jean Peters of the Ohio Division of Wildlife (retired) sends along some more information about why peregrine falcons like to nest in cities:  “The basics of habitat, what all creatures need to survive, are food (while many focus on city pigeons, we know that the Terminal Tower pair has access to a diverse avian buffet), water (not a major concern to peregrines: although they do like to bathe and will drink, most of their liquid needs come from their prey), shelter (particularly a nesting site that has some relief from open surroundings), space (peregrines are quite territorial although they can nest rather close to each other if the topography of the land effectively isolates the pairs), and how these things are arranged (nice to find food near a nest site when rearing young rather than having to fly some distance to forage).  Arrangement is perhaps the least understood aspect of the habitat formula.  We know that some species, like great blue herons, will forage considerable distance from the nest.  Without putting transmitters on the birds, it's difficult to follow them when they forage and there are many secrets yet to learn about bird life.”

 

The following picture shows a birdseye view from SW and Boomer’s skyscraper home.  Peregrines like to nest near water and you can see that the nestsite is very near the Cuyahoga River that feeds into Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes.

The eyasses are growing at an incredible rate.   Mr. Scott Wright, volunteer peregrine falcon nest monitor, reports:  "Among the young falcons, competition for food can be just like with any children, with pushing and shoving to get to the parent with food. I have seen one young falcon take the food right out of another's beak if they did not get it down fast enough, or the piece of food placed into the open beak was too big for the chick to eat”.  For some peregrine families, the smallest eyass sometimes does not get enough to eat, either because of lack of food or because it gets pushed aside by the other eyasses.  Boomer is bringing plenty of food to the family, and Mr. Wright reports that although the little guy may get fed last, SW makes sure he is well fed.   

SW is a very good mother.

Put your thinking caps on and come up with some creative name ideas.  Send your ideas for names ASAP to raptors@hvc.rr.com for final selection by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. 

  

To watch the falcons live go to: http://www.falconcam-cmnh.org/news.php Our thanks to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for sponsoring the FalconCams.

 

For more about falcons, go to: http://raptorsinthecity.org/

 

Photos are courtesy of Scott Wright, volunteer peregrine nest monitor.  They may be used in any non-commercial publication, electronic or print, but please give photo credit. 

 

 

 

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