MUNCY – Three agencies came together this week to inspect the peregrine falcons nesting under the Muncy river bridge.
Representatives from the state Game Commission, the Lycoming Audubon Society and state Department of Transportation checked on the safety, well-being and habitat of a pair of falcons and their offspring. The nest could not be seen from the ground, but Audubon Society members Wes Egli and Dave Brown have been keeping a watchful eye on the pair for two years.
The falcons had switched their nest from the eastern end of the bridge to the western Muncy side, and Egli said he thought there might be new chicks in the nest.
Peregrine falcons still are on the state endangered species list, and their locations and numbers are tracked and recorded by the Game Commission.
The local Audubon Society chapter has been keeping watch over the rare birds and decided to schedule a date and time when PennDOT workers and equipment could be used to help get an up-close look at the condition of the nest and falcons.
Using a “cherry picker,” three men were lowered under the Muncy bridge to investigate the nest.
Dan Brauning and Mario Giazzon, of the Game Commission, and PennDOT employee Bob Brown discovered the nest had three new eggs, proving the species is thriving, at least locally.
Although the three men had to keep a watch out for the father falcon diving to protect the nest, the mother falcon stayed with her eggs.
Another attempt to check out the nest will be scheduled in about 25 days. At that time, the Game Commission hopes to put numbered leg bands on each of the chicks so their locations and information will be recorded and filed.