Peregrine Falcons hatched again in Puławy
Peregrine Falcons have hatched one more time. A year after a similar event, a family of those rare nesting birds which chose to settle in Puławy has got two fledging falcons. One male and one female chick are looking down from their nest situated 120 meters above the ground, and specifically on an old chimney of a power plant belonging to Grupa Azoty “PUŁAWY”.
As the Chairman of “Falcon” Wildlife Association, Sławomir Sielicki has spent years working to restore the population of Peregrine Falcons in Poland. The species became nearly extinct because of the toxic pesticides used in the 1950′. The population of falcons is so small that each bird is marked with a special identification band, ornithologists collect their blood samples for testing, and check what those birds prey on in particular habitats.
A riddle concerning nutrition
Falcons are famous for record speed of flight, which might exceed 300 km/h. They hunt and feed on various birds, particularly doves. Collared Doves, Turtle Doves, Stock Doves and farm doves are the staple food for Peregrine falcons. However, surprisingly few remains of doves were found in Puławy.
In my experience of researching the diet of falcons, it is the first time I have seen them preying on Ruffs. Next, we identified many bird species who live reclusive lives, such as Calidrids, Moorhens, and Spotted Crakes. We also found remains of Cuckoos, Hawfinches and Teals – explains Sławomir Sielicki.
Hopeful about the future
The chicks are currently fed in the booth by their parents, but they are likely to start exploring the world on their own any time now. They are going to peek outside the nest and learn to fly. We are fascinated about this process and confident that the falcons from Puławy will increase the population of this rare species, which is currently very small with only 20 breeding couples.