After a couple of weeks of being known as the New Man, a peregrine falcon that swooped in to avoid wasting the nest atop UC Berkeley’s Campanile, has earned a reputation.
Meet Alden, named for the past due Alden Miller, who was once an American ornithologist and Berkeley alumnus. Alden — the chicken, now not the ornithologist — has change into the brand new mate of Annie, a peregrine falcon that has roosted at the tower since 2016.
Annie’s longtime mate, Grinnell, was once killed on March 31 after a relatively chaotic few months that had noticed Grinnell injured in a territorial dispute, his go back to the nest, Annie’s transient disappearance and presumption of loss of life, her mysterious however celebrated go back and the a hit reunion of the pair.
On the time of Grinnell’s loss of life — it’s believed he was once struck by way of a automobile — Annie had laid two eggs. Lovers of the pair, who watch their lives spread by way of 3 cameras targeted at the bell tower roost, feared for the way forward for the nest as a result of a unmarried falcon can’t incubate eggs and deal with hatchlings on his or her personal.
Inside hours of Grinnell’s loss of life, alternatively, New Man confirmed up and located Annie under no circumstances averse to his courtship strikes. The 2 temporarily mated and New Man, as he was once dubbed, started bringing Annie presents of meals and taking a flip sitting at the eggs, which quickly greater to a few. New Man isn’t banded, however he’s simply recognized by way of a limp led to by way of a healed damage to 1 leg.
As a result of the volatility of the location, Cal Falcons, a bunch of UC Berkeley professionals who observe the nest, was once reluctant to present New Man a reputation. There have been different men, known as floaters, within the space, and it was once unsure whether or not New Man would stick round.
When it gave the impression Annie and New Man have been unquestionably a factor, Cal Falcons sought identify tips with connections to the college and held a web-based vote a few of the 8 finalists — Alden, Lou, Archie, Savio, Takaki, Ed, Ned, Morgan and Calvin. Alden took an early lead and received with 29 % of the vote.
The identify is a part of a symmetry that flows — with a large number of fast turns, now not in contrast to a falcon in flight.
Annie is called after Annie Alexander, an explorer and philanthropist who based the college’s Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Grinnell was once named after Joseph Grinnell, who was once Alexander’s selection to go the vertebrate museum.
Now comes Alden, who’s Grinnell’s successor, mirroring the relationship between their human namesakes — Alden succeeded Grinnell because the director of the museum.
Annie and Grinnell enthusiasts have taken to Alden whilst they mourn Grinnell, thankful the brand new man had the braveness to step into the void. Subsequent up: looking ahead to the the eggs to hatch. The primary one is heading in the right direction to just do that on Would possibly 6.