06082018 Peregrine Falcon - 1
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Phoebe, 66Y, born this year and banded on May 22nd has passed away. She was found on the sidewalk by the parking garage on Calhoun St close to Jefferson Blvd. on Saturday, June 9th at approximately 7:30 p.m. A concerned citizen found her and called Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control who in turn reached out to Soarin’ Hawk. Phoebe came in to our facility on Friday June 8th as she was found sitting on the roof of a car on the east side of the Indiana Michigan Power Building. At that time she was very alert and she was immediately seen by Dr. Funnell who did radiographs and a physical assessment. Nothing was broken and she was physically fine. She was returned to the roof of the Indiana Michigan building by a Soarin’ Hawk volunteer and was greeted by both parents and she immediately ran towards the nest box. This is the third year in a row that a Peregrine chick has ended up on the ground around the building and been returned back to the roof by Soarin’ Hawk. This is a normal part of development. As they get older they go through a process called “branching” where they stretch their wings as they prepare to fledge. Fledging is when they finally take that “Leap of Faith” and Phoebe did just that. Not once, but twice that we know of and unfortunately that last time proved fatal as from what we can tell upon examination is that she was struck by vehicle. This is sad for all of us here at Soarin’ Hawk and for you, our followers who have taken Moxie, Jamie and their kids into your hearts as well. But this is nature and while we are sad it pleases us to say that we observed today, from a neighboring building, Moxie, Jamie and the two boys, Ranger and Glenn soaring through the skies of downtown Fort Wayne!
Via volunteer Mary:
We received a call early this afternoon from the folks at Indiana Michigan Power stating that they had what they believed to be one of the peregrine falcon chicks sitting on the hood of a car in their neighboring parking area. I arrived to indeed find the youngster sitting on the hood. I thought she was rather large and when I was able to get closer, sure enough it was the female, 66Y, Phoebe! She was very alert but quiet. I was able to slowly walk up and lower my net over her. I was then able to reach under the net to grab her legs at which time she stretched those beautiful wings which made me happy knowing that those appeared to be working just fine. With the help of a couple of employees, I was able to quickly get her in the rescue box and we headed for cover as a thunderstorm had just started. While waiting out the storm under the building in the plaza area, a bolt of lightning struck the building. As I found out later after talking with the maintenance folks, the lightning struck the concrete right above the nest box at the top of the building! Phoebe and her siblings are going through the process of branching, which means they are readying themselves for flight by getting up on the ledges and stretching those wings, so it might have been possible with the incoming storm that she was blown from the top of the building and ended up on the hood of the car. We will never know for sure, but it is obvious that she is not quite ready for flight.
After the storm let up, I was finally able to get Phoebe loaded up and we headed to Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic to see Dr. Funnell. Radiographs were taken and a physical assessment was completed. No broken bones were found and she passed her physical! I loaded her up and we headed back downtown to return her to the roof. I contacted security, and they were waiting to escort us to the roof where we found Moxie and Jamie anxiously awaiting the return of Phoebe. I didn’t observe the two siblings on the roof, but there again we didn’t stick around very long as Mom and Dad were strongly encouraging us to leave!