Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Meet Remmie?

May 2nd, 2010 while gardening in the yard, my husband and I noted a Peregrine fly over our yard and land on the church steeple up the hill behind our house.  Our first thoughts were, "Woo hoo! New yard bird." Our 2nd was that this bird was a one hit wonder migrant using the church for a temporary roost. However, the eve of May 14 the Peregrine was back, this time feasting on some bird atop one of the church peaks. May 15 in the early a.m. before heading out for an all day birding excursion we checked for the bird to find him flying back into his perch with a freshly killed Mourning Dove.

Over the course of these 3 visits,  my photographs have dramatically improved. The last of these allowed me to make out numbers and colors of bands on the bird's leg.  These were entered into the Midwest Peregrine Database.  Originally I was thinking this bird was "Bennie" who hailed from the Cargill Malt Complex in Jefferson, WI. However, after re-examining the band and how bands are reported in the database, I have deduced this bird is actually named "Remmie", banded in 2008 at
WEPCO Pleasant Prairie Power Plant, Pleasant Prairie
Kenosha county, WI.  Jury's out. I've made contact with the Peregrine Database and await their reply.  Totally cool whatever this bird's name is.


Weedpicker Cheryl said...

What an amazing yard bird!! Thaks for sharing!


v8grrl said...

holy cow...don't leave any small pets outside!