Banding Day A Success

Every year, urban wildlife photographer Peter Green joins Joe Zbyrowski of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island to band the youngsters in the peregrine falcon nesting box atop the Superman Building downtown. He always comes up with amazing images, but this shredded jacket says it all. Those dive-bombing parents mean business. (And look at the expression on the babies.) The ASRI describes Thursday’s process:

A board will be placed across the front of the nesting box to protect the falcons. Joe Zbyrowski, our bander, will remove the back opening of the box and remove the falcons. The birds will be measured and the sex determined and then two bands will be placed on one leg of each bird. The bird’s legs have stopped growing so the bands will never constrict their legs. The bands will help scientists identify where the birds were hatched, the year, and if they are male or female. The birds will then be placed back in the box, the front board removed and the process will be over. It takes a little over an hour to band four birds.

And we have four males this year. Go here for the 2021 Banding Day pix. Go to Providence Raptors Facebook page for more images.

Gift idea: Fathers Day is coming up. Go to Providence Raptors and check out Peter’s excellent book Providence Raptors: Documenting the Lives of Urban Birds of Prey, a decade of photographs and stories from Mr. Green. You will never again walk downtown without keeping an eye on the sky.

Go here to read our coverage of last year’s banding day.

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