Thursday, July 8, 2010

~Jacquie's report from Central Terminal~

Jacquie Walters, a new and very competent DEC tech sent this report from her CT Pefa watch this morning:

I went to CT today and had a blast watching the kids flying around! When I first got there I couldn't find anybody. Then after a few minutes one of the adults came flying in and I heard 5 voices calling out from all different areas of the tower. Some were on the back side and some were on the side facing the traffic circle. Two had been sitting way back on a ledge near the top and had made themselves "invisible". Not long after that everyone started flying around the tower and landing on different ledges, two took off and soared out of sight for a while with one of the adults before coming back and perching again.

While everyone was resting in the shade on the tower, I spotted a large dark bird soaring in the distance (looking toward that old tan building with the black roof behind the parking lot), I was pretty sure it was an eagle, but it was too far away to get a good look at it. I didn't think anything of it and continued spying on the PeFas. About ten minutes later the only chick that had perched on the parking lot side of the tower (the others were either on the back or on the side facing the traffic circle) began squawking loudly. The juvenile eagle had come closer and was circling very close to the tower! The fledgling flew off to the back of the tower still squawking loudly and immediately both parents shot out from that side like lightning and attacked the eagle! It was such an amazing sight! This eagle didn't know what hit it. Both parents were yelling at it and taking turns diving at it right over my head! They chased it away out of sight, toward the northeast! A few minutes later one of the adults came back and started circling for prey. I watched it diving at a few pigeons before I had to leave to get back to the office.
Our hearts go out to Columbus.

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