About 2:30, I arrived downtown and saw the new tiercel land on the old restaurant portion of the Midtown building.
I left him there, with Mariah on the east side of the building, and joined other watchers in the Frontier parking lot on Court Street. Soon, both falcons flew off toward the southwest, and did not return. I decided to visit a spot in Brighton, where falcons had been spotted.
As I arrived there, this bird flew overhead, circling the building. I thought to myself, "Self, this looks like a first-year bird, not an adult. Hm!"
Drove around to the back of the building, and there was the female.
She took off, and soared overhead.
The smaller tiercel flew past, following the female. Obviously a bird in juvenal plumage, and it looked like a yellow band on his right leg...
Here's the female again.
(The next few pictures were digiscoped.) The young tiercel landed on the back of the building, on a large air vent...
and exposed his left leg as he preened.
Yes! A readable band in this pic - it's Zephyr! Last year's little Z-man is home!
He stayed on the air vent for quite a while.
Here's a short video of Zephyr. He called to the female every so often.
(Back to shots from the Canon)
The female soared overhead again.
The she headed out, apparently on a hunt. Here, she displays her bands. No chance of an ID, though.
Zephyr followed, hurrying to catch up.
He soared a bit.
As he followed the female, his yellow band was apparent again. Off he went, in pursuit of his lady. Both birds flew northeast, and did not return. What a thrill to be able to identify one of the birds we all watched grow and fledge last year.