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July 26th, 2013

Surprise! Two late season peregrine nestlings!

by Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager

Earlier this week two 3 week old peregrine falcon nestlings were banded by Kathy Clark, Supervisory Zoologist with NJ Fish & Wildlife. We checked this nest for hatching after earlier visits revealed that the pair had only began laying eggs when all other nests had young that were 3-4 weeks old in June. We’re really not sure when they were so late this year.  Kathy had to wait for temperatures to fall before banding the young, since extreme temperatures only stress out adults in addition to the stress of us humans checking on their nests.

Two 3 week old peregrine falcon young at a nest inside Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in Oceanville. © Ben Wurst

Two 3 week old peregrine falcon young at a nest inside Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in Oceanville. © Ben Wurst

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