Grand Forks’ peregrine family appears to be flourishing.
Local raptor expert Tim Driscoll, who keeps close watch on the birds, said female Terminator and her mate, Marv, have at least three chicks.
Driscoll spent more than an hour waiting for a glimpse of the birds Thursday afternoon. That’s easier said than done, because the peregrine box is high atop the UND water tower.
“There may be four (chicks), but I am sure about three for now,” Driscoll said.
Terminator is the matriarch of Grand Forks peregrine population and has produced chicks every year since 2008, the first summer she nested in Grand Forks. She was dubbed Terminator in 2006 after being banded as a chick in Brandon, Man.
Driscoll banded Marv in 2013 in Fargo, and the bird has mated with Terminator since 2014. Peregrines don’t migrate together, but the pair somehow finds their way back to the UND water tower every year.
Driscoll says he will band the latest batch of chicks when they’re about 20 days old, which should be sometime around June 9 or June 10. Stay tuned.
Vandals steal fish food dispenser
Vandals tore down and stole the fish food dispenser this week at Ryan Pond in King’s Walk Golf Course.
Brad Olson of Cabela’s had installed the dispenser, an old gumball machine from the East Grand Forks sporting goods store, less than two weeks ago. Olson on Thursday said he’d gone with his two sons to fill the feeder only to discover it was ripped from its base and gone.
“Now the children and families that enjoyed the week and a half of feeding the fish will not be able to do so,” Olson said in a Facebook post. “Very frustrated and disappointed.”