Courthouse hatches two baby falcons PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor   
Friday, 10 May 2013 09:54
File photo. Baby falcons wait in a plastic bucket to be taken down for tagging and blood work. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The location is perfect - great view, historic district, good access to air travel.
The prime location, in the clock tower of the Wood County Courthouse, has been the home of choice for a Peregrine falcon couple for three years. And the roost is once again busy with baby falcons.
This year, two baby falcons have hatched high in the clock tower. In an effort to track their movements, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will band the babies next week.
The public is invited to view the baby banding May 16, at 10:30 a.m., in the courthouse atrium.
Last year, the county installed a video camera in the clock tower so people could watch the falcons hatch. That was not possible this year, according to Wood County Administrator Andrew Kalmar.
"Unfortunately, they laid them out of camera view," he said of the eggs.
A county maintenance man did climb the clock tower and peaked in to see there were five eggs, but just two hatched.
This will be the third year of falcon baby banding at the courthouse.
"They have never left," Kalmar said of the falcon couple. One of their babies from a previous spring has reportedly roosted in the Ottawa County Courthouse, he said.
The falcons prefer high rock-like perches so their can easily identify potential prey below.
The babies will be about a month old when they are banded. When they are about 2 months old, they should start trial flights, Kalmar said.
"Once they start to move around, we hope to see them," he said.
In the past, the flight training for the babies often takes place at the church next to the courthouse, which has a more gradual roof, Kalmar said. There, the young falcons can be seen teetering on the roof, trying their wings.
"It's funny," Kalmar said of the young falcons' awkward attempts at early flight.

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