NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – When Massachusetts Endangered Species program was first implemented about thirty years ago, restoring Peregrine Falcons was the first effort.
22News was there as some new Peregrine Falcons were banded before they take flight. Banding is just a way of marking the bird with a bracelet so it can be identified later. So the birds can be followed for the rest of their life.
This is the first year a nest box had been installed underneath the Calvin Coolidge Bridge between Northampton and Hadley for Peregrine Falcons.
On Monday MassDOT helped the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife go over the side of the bridge, down to the box to band the birds. Three chicks had been hatched there, and from the look of it were being fed well.
Tom French from the Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife told 22News, “This is the first year they’ve had young, and they had two little boys and a girl. They were feisty, I lost a little bit of blood myself from the babies so the parents are very defensive but they kept their distance.”
The young Peregrine Falcons should be flying within about ten days, and they were banded Monday because it’s easier to do it while they are still in the nest as opposed to catching them when they’re adults.
There were no Peregrine Falcons in Massachusetts since the 1950’s but now there are about thirty pairs across the state.