Peregrines Poised at the Halfway Point
At 1485 Peregrine Falcons tallied for the 2013 season, we have counted more than half of the species’ yearly average by now. Peregrine Falcons average 2144 birds each fall season from the Curry Hammock count site. The following are “southbound-only” numbers (2013 still counting through early Nov.):
The 2012 count was remarkable for achieving the highest count of Peregrines documented during an entire season anywhere in the world (3836) and for a single day (651 on Oct. 10). Interestingly, the chart above at a glance demonstrates a rather steady increase of Peregrines from 2005 to 2013, interrupted by 2009, when no count was conducted and 2010 – a count that ended prematurely and was covered by only 70% of the average seasonal count hours.
Who’s to know what the 2013 season will bring? Since September 26, we have tallied 5 three-digit Peregrine counts, including Sept. 27’s stellar 429 – the fourth highest count in FKH history, and Sept. 30’s 227 – another top count.
Last year, by the first of October (2012), we had tallied 958 Peregrines. This year we are ahead by 527 birds. If flights continue steady into mid-October, we could wind-up with another memorable count season!
Photo by Rafael Galvez. Leica V-Lux 4.