A drone flown irresponsibly on the Cal campus recently agitated Annie, one of the campus’ longtime peregrine falcons.
Longtime UC Berkeley peregrine falcon couple Annie and Grinnell appear to have reunited after Annie courted the male falcon who injured her mate.
Annie, “queen of the Campanile,” hasn’t ruled out a new life with the rival male peregrine that injured Grinnell, her longtime mate, last month.
What happens next is anyone’s guess. Annie, his longtime mate, is paired up with Grinnell’s attacker and a fight could ensue.
Will Annie recognize and welcome Grinnell back? Or will a new male, one of the falcons that likely attacked Grinnell, become her new mate?
Grinnell was found injured southeast of campus on Friday following a fight with a pair of peregrine falcons and is being treated at the Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital in Walnut Creek.
The 4-month-old garden boasts Cherokee Purple tomatoes, Chiletepin peppers and many other Indigenous and California native plants.
UC Berkeley’s resident peregrine falcons, Annie and Grinnell, appear to have helped inspire support for the citywide festival.
For the next few months, all three of the campus’s newest peregrine falcons will be in flight school, practicing takeoffs and landings, perching and, most importantly, hunting.
The brothers are growing “contour” or “body” feathers that cover their down and make them aerodynamic in flight.
There were 650 name suggestions submitted for the three chicks born atop the Campanile. You have until Wednesday to choose your favorite.
May 12 was banding day for the campus’s newest peregrine falcon chicks.