Valarie says: Our thanks to the Montlaker blog for this story, and thanks to the Portland Airport Birdstrike Avoidance Team for moving this falcon to a safer place. I guess even falcons like to go shopping in Portland?!!
The peregrine falcons born on the I-5 Ship Canal Bridge continue to make news. This time, falcon chick 73-U, born in May of this year, was caught near the Portland International Airport just last month. Birds of prey, they grow up fast.
The young falcon was caught by PDX’s birdstrike avoidance team using a goshawk trap and moved to nearby Sauvie Island. The team routinely moves birds away from the airport to reduce conflicts with airplanes.
When Washington State biologists first met 73-U in May, she was just three weeks old. Biologists annually inspect the nesting box high up on the bridge supports to tag the young chicks in hopes of tracking them in the future. Here’s what 73-U looked like back in May:
At this point in their development, falcon chicks have adult sized talons but are still too young to fly — the perfect time for tagging…
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