I don't understand the vagrancy of Peregrine Falcons from the Norwalk Islands this past year, and to this day I am not sure what has happened or is happening.
In past winters plus the other seasons, Peregrine Falcons have been a staple around the Norwalk Islands, this past year, from late spring on they have been missing.
Peregrine's are certainly nesting in the area, yet it seems they are no longer interested in the islands.
I have noted that there is a lack of shorebirds in the island chain this winter, yet shorebirds shouldn't be the only food species for these falcons in this area. Do the two go hand and hand?
Since there is no other lack of potential Peregrine prey around the islands, where and why have they just disappeared?
It was just over a year ago that I posted a similar photo of a Peregrine loafing on Cockenoe Island, this is not last years photo, but Saturday's 2/4/12 on Cockenoe!
Again , like last year, there wasn't one but two. This is the second bird....
....that flew over to the first bird and displaced it from it's Styrofoam perch.
Distant in the backround is Green's Ledge Lighthouse, almost four miles away to the west.
The first bird moving off.
The second bird perched on a nearby driftwood log.
With the bird being between me and the sun and casting shadows,
I moved the boat to the other side of the sandbar for hopefully a few better photo's.
Same bird, same perch, much better light.
A closer look.
After a long while this bird decided to move on, it then revealed three bands.
A cropped close up shows the three bands, left leg has two, upper black, lower greenish.
Black number appears to be 192 (?)
Green Number 2?28 (?)
Right leg is the standard silver band, no numbers seen.
Another flight photo.
It's nice to see this species out on the islands again.
Hopefully I will hear some data from these bands that I have reported.
If and when that happens, I will report on it.