Monday, June 18, 2012

"Fourscore" the Peregrine released

Hello Everyone,

At 6:10 a.m. EDT today, the door to the release box was opened . At 6:18, the young Peregrine Falcon from the Dunwoody section of Atlanta, flew to his freedom. "Fourscore" as he was named from a winning entry on Rock City's Facebook page (this year is Rock City's 80th anniversary, so fourscore represents 80 years...a score being twenty years. He was also the 8th Peregrine released at the attraction), didn't waste too much time flying away and landed in a nearby tree. About 15 minutes later, he was spotted flying overhead and was accompanied by a small flock of Chimney Swifts. A transmitter was fitted to him before release and a telemetry search was conducted a few hours after release with no results. Where had he gone? Had he set his sights on Atlanta? Around 4:45 p.m., food was taken to the release box (two chicks) and a telemetry check was conducted with surprising results. He was nearby! After getting another reading from a different angle, he was spotted in a tree near Bill Chapin's house, near the hack box, and near the Seven States Flag Court (click on the tree photo to enlarge). He was watched  here for nearly two hours as he preened, stretched and observed the surrounding area. He later flew out briefly into the valley and then returned to another tree near Bill's house, but closer to the hack box. Perhaps he will find the food on top of the box and hopefully he will stay in the area for several weeks. We will keep you posted.

Dale and John
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