In another example that this truly is the city of “Man Jose,” three of the four offspring of San Jose City Hall’s celebrity falcons, Clara and Esteban Colbert, were found to be male while being banded this morning.
Glenn Stewart, coordinator of UC Santa Cruz’s Predatory Bird Research Group, rappelled down the side of the building and banded the chicks’ legs so that scientists can track them and collect data. He said all four chicks appear to be healthy and “look great.”
The falcon chicks were born earlier this month on a City Hall ledge 18 stories above the street. They will begin flying around mid-May, Stewart said.
While Clara is in her fifth nesting season at City Hall, this is just her third with mate Esteban Colbert.
The city of San Jose held a contest for youths ages 5 to 18 to come up with names for the birds. Today, a panel of judges will select up to 10 finalists from the 97 names that were submitted. The name debate is expected to dwarf the heated rhetoric heard in recent discussions over the city’s capping of medical marijuana collectives.
The public will be able to vote on the top names beginning Friday, and the winning names will be announced May 6.
More information about the contest can be found online at http://www.sanjoseca.gov/falcons.