Three baby peregrine falcons born atop Providence’s Superman building are now banded for tracking.
There were four eggs, but only three chicks survived, all boys. And now they have bands on their legs that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will keep a record of.
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Jeff Hall said the banding took about a half hour, and the process started when licensed bander Joe Zbyrowski climbed a ladder to reach the chicks nesting in a special box.
“And there’s a trap door in the back. And the door comes back, Joe reaches in grabs the birds, we put them in a basket, lower them down, band them, put them back up in the nest,” said Hall. “All while trying to dodge the mom and dad who are dive bombing us consistently.”
Hall said he expects the chicks to hop out on the ledge of the Superman building and fly away in about three weeks.
The Audubon Society has a Peregrine webcam where you can watch the chicks in action.