The one and only male falcon fledgling is on the wing.
There are usually several perch to perch flights while young Peregrines are in their first stages of flying, and that is just what we are witnessing here in Monarch Place at CBS 3 Springfield.
While the two female fledglings will most likely need an additional week before they are flying, we have already witnessed the male take flight multiple times.
His first flight occurred after 7 p.m. Monday when he leaped from his nest on the 21st floor of Monarch Place and landed safely on the fifth floor. He remained on a ledge on the fifth floor until about 4 p.m. Tuesday, which is when he took his second flight and descended down to the third floor.
As of 4:30 p.m. the falcon was still walking around the third floor ledge, perhaps eyeing the group of pigeons that had gathered on the CBS 3 Springfield Weather Patio.
It isn't long after their first flight before peregrines begin attempting to catch prey. Sometimes the prey can be too large and unsuitable at first. Some falcons develop the motivation and ability to kill prey consistently about three weeks after their first flight, but many do not mature as quickly.
In the meantime, young falcons pursue parents, other adults, bugs, and inanimate objects. The young birds are social and occasionally will pursue prey together, which resembles the cooperative hunting their parents did for months while raising the chicks.
WATCH the CBS 3 Springfield Falcon Cam on channel 293 on Comcast and channel 230 on Charter: http://bit.ly/1dLtL1s
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