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Death of an Eyas – 5/20/20

One of the four eyases in the nest box at the Times Square building in downtown Rochester passed away late last night due to natural causes. The remaining three appear to be healthy and continue to develop normally.

The New York State Department of Conservation has been notified of the situation.

There can be no attempt by our volunteer staff at Rfalconcam to remove the body. That is under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Conservation, which will decide on the appropriate action to take.

We join the many followers of Rochester’s Peregrine Falcon family in being truly saddened by this loss but must always remember that death is a part of the life of these magnificent creatures that chose Rochester as their home.

Fly free, little one.

6 Responses to “Death of an Eyas – 5/20/20”

  1. Lynne Heroux Says:

    Poor little one!! Fly free!

  2. Alison in Indiana Says:

    By the time the year is out, speaking from statistical experience, another two will fly over the rainbow bridge. It is nature’s way and man cannot effectively interfere.
    We see a dead eyas in which we put so much hope, but the body has become part of the landscape for the falcon family.

  3. Karen Says:

    So sad, but not the first time. I remember Mariah and Kaver losing a tiny one – and how they handled it. Nature is what nature is.

  4. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Apparently around 8 pm on 5/21 Beauty disposed of her deceased eyas. May the rest of the brood grow and flourish.

  5. Karen Says:

    Did Beauty “dispose” the same way Mariah did? Not pretty but probably necessary. Nice to see you Alison!

  6. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Hi Karen 🙂
    Beauty picked up the eyas and flew off with it, we know not where.
    I am somewhat unhappy that because of the lock down there will be no banding, which in and of itself is not so much an issue – peregrines can live very well without their jewelry, it is we who will miss the identification banding gives up. But during banding a health check was made and eventual problems, like disease or parasites were addressed, that this year will probably not happen until, in the case of a crash, a fledgling is rescued and brought in for the usual check-up (assuming that is going to be allowed).
    This year more than ever, Nature is taking its course and we can only watch and wonder.

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