Kodak Falcons 2007 - Mariah
Responses to Reader's Comments:
Disclaimer: I have no formal training regarding birds, I am strictly an amateur. But I am happy to share what I know.
Melli said...Awwwwww... cool! I just got ONE question. HOW do you KNOW that's Mariah? How do you know that's not Kaver? WHAT is the identifying mark? i think they should put name tags on these birds...
Response: Mariah is larger than Kaver. Female falcons are 1/3 larger than a tiercel (the official name for a male falcon)
mon@rch said... How awesome?? I have a question for you also!! So, how many hours did you watch the falcon cam to capture this?? Only kidding!
Response: I got lucky and saw this right away, but I was willing to wait much longer.
Lazy Daisy said...So they go back to the same nest every year? Do they mate for life?
Response: Falcons do go back to the same nest unless it is unsuitable for some reason. They do mate for life.
FRIDAY'S CHILD said...That is Mariah now? This is the same place where she nested isn't it?
Response: Yes, this is the same spot Mariah's nested for ten years now.
Lazy Daisy said...What's the average life expectancy for a falcon? You mentioned that she has been nesting in the same place for the last 10 years. Do female birds keep reproducing or do they have menapause too?
Response: 12 - 18 years in the wild, Mariah has been nesting at this site 10 years and falcons usually start nesting in their 2nd or 3rd year. She has done more than her share for the peregrine falcon population. So Mariah is an old falcon, but she seems oblivious to the label. If Mariah is any indicator, they keep reproducing. It is just remarkable that she is still with us.
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