One female, three males.
The team (sans me) banded the Evanston chicks today in front of the usual big crowd at the library. I haven’t gone these past few years because there are plenty of people to help with the actual banding and the Evanston monitors are so good, they always have the adults ID’d early in the season. Nothing for me to do except stay out of the way!
Evanston’s Nona and Squawker had three boys and one girl. In a seriously classy move, the folks up there decided to name one of the male chicks GIES in honor of team member Matt Gies. That really made me smile. He deserves a namesake after over 20 years of working on the Illinois/Chicago Peregrine Program. The other males were named PLATON (the “little falcon” character in War and Peace) and HUMPHREY (for Humphrey Bogart who played Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon). The lone female was named SHAE, which the library’s website says is a feminine variant spelling of English unisex name Shea, which probably means “hawk-like”. I’ll have to take the library’s word on that one as I am NO linguist. They go on to mention that it is also the name of a character in the popular George R.R. Martin book series Song of Ice and Fire, which has been made into the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. To this, I can attest, as Sean and I are huge fans of both the book series and the HBO television series. With hope, peregrine Shae won’t follow in the footsteps of fictional Shea — I’ll leave it at that for those who have not up to date in the books. No spoilers here!