It has been a strange season for our Peregrine Falcons, with an unusual number of adult mortalities having occurred this year. In addition, it has been a changing-of-the-guard of sorts, with some of our most experienced adults being replaced by young birds making their first nesting attempts; just as we lost our beloved Bridgeboy at the Bonnet Island Tower this spring to newcomer Grassboy.
So when Ben Wurst texted the above photo to Kathy Clark & me to share his gruesome discovery on his first nest check at The Tower of Doom at Sedge, it was shocking but not necessarily surprising.
Ben was able to confirm we’d lost our female 02/AN, who had been lying dead for some time in the back of the igloo. She has ruled the Tower since 2014. Hatched in New Gretna in 2011, she was still in the prime of her life at ten years old. It was a huge loss.
But the photo wasn’t all bad. In the foreground were four beautiful eggs, which Ben touched and felt the warmth of recent incubation. It appeared life was going on at the Tower of Doom despite the enormous loss.
Somewhere along the way, one of those eggs disappeared, and another never hatched, but our new female managed to hatch two: one boy and one girl.
We are not doomed. There was a happy outcome at Sedge this season.