Last week I photographed the banding of four peregrine falcon nestlings (eyases) here in Providence, RI. As always, Joe Zbyrowski was bravely in charge – below you can see him removing the birds from the secret back door on the nest box.
The adult falcons fly around screaming and diving at us, but they are not too disturbed because they continue to care for the nestlings and come back to the same box every year to repeat the breeding process. In fact, since the nestlings are unharmed, the parents might feel pride that they successfully defended their brood. Since 1999, the female falcon above has reared over 30 chicks.
For complete information about the banding, please watch this great video from the Providence Journal in 2008.
UPDATE: On May 31 at 8:05am the last nestling left the nest box.
Hopefully I will see them around the city and get photos like these from last year.