Say what? I had never heard such a thing come from the beak of a Falcon before. Puzzled, I grabbed a shot of his Green & Black leg band (indicating immediately that he was born in New Jersey) and sought out the only person in the State who might shed light on such a mystery… The Great Mother of All Cool Things You Can’t Shoot With A Gun In New Jersey, Kathy Clark.
If our culture celebrated our Wildlife Heroes as we do our Movie Stars, young, wild children around the globe would surely have posters of Kathy Clark plastered all over their walls and inside their school lockers. She is the legendary zoologist for New Jersey’s Nongame Endangered Species Program and has been instrumental in the restoration of our awesome population of Raptors for years. Showing her the leg band, she knew right away who this brazen young raptor was.
“82/an is one of the fledglings from the Wildwood Crest condo balcony where Mom nested in a flowerpot! First time for that! Mom is a NYer from Hempstead & dad is a Stone Harbor boy. I saw all 4 fledglings there sitting around the roof & ledges like little princes…. Cool.”
So there you have it. With his rich genealogy and distinctive birth in a Luxury Condo, it appears we have a Little Prince eating the birds of our Island this season.
And to you Jo Durt, I say there are plenty of Regular Birds to eat around this Island. Stay away from Skimmer Estates.