March 20, 2008 Update
Falcon 54495 has spent the winter in the panhandle of WV (Jefferson County) and MD (Washington County). This is the falcon that hangs around the Maryland Heights hack site near Harpers Ferry, WV.
Falcon #54495 Biography
Falcon #54495 is a male falcon and was removed from the Betsy Ross Bridge in New Jersey on May 31st with the assistance of Three Rivers Avian Center Staff. This falcon was uniquely color taped on its right leg band with the resulting band combination of right = orange/black and left = 1/U. Due to the late arrival of this group of falcons, it was determined that the birds would be harbored at the Three Rivers Avian Center. This falcon and others from multiple nest sites in VA and NJ, were kept at Three Rivers Avian Center for less than a week, which allowed the previous group of falcons to be released from the hack box into the gorge. This falcon was held in the gorge hack box until June 16th when it was released. This falcon was observed within the area surrounding the hack site for 44 days. To attach a satellite transmitter, this falcon was recaptured on July 20th, fitted with the transmitter and re-released into the gorge unharmed. Since being fitted with the transmitter, this falcon has spent the majority of its time in along the eastern shore of Virginia but has spent time in WV, OH, PA, NY, DE, NC, MD, KY, and NJ.