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MGE Peregrine Falcons

Four Eggs in Nesting Box

Apr
18
2019

For the eighth straight year, Trudy, the female peregrine falcon nesting in the box atop MGE's Blount Generating Station, has laid four eggs, which is considered a full "clutch." Mating with our male peregrine, Melvin, for the fifth year in a row, Trudy’s first egg was spotted on Friday, April 5. She produced the three additional eggs throughout the week, the last one appearing on Saturday, April 12.

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Nesting season begins soon!

Mar
29
2019

Spring has arrived, and soon our resident falcons will begin laying their eggs.

Our adult peregrines, Melvin and Trudy, returned to their nesting box located high atop MGE's Blount Generating Station in late January, and are expected to mate again for the fifth straight year. Historically, Trudy has laid her first egg between March 28 and April 4, which means it could happen any day now!

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Falcon diving
Peregrine falcons are one of the world's fastest birds, being able to reach 200 miles per hour while diving from great heights to strike prey.
Falcon hatching
In 2018, a known total of 111 falcon chicks hatched at 36 nest sites in Wisconsin. 39% of those chicks were hatched at power plants which have dedicated nesting boxes.
Falcon population decline
Peregrine falcons are on Wisconsin's endangered species list. Historically the use of DDT pesticides resulted in the rapid decline in the falcon population. Falcons were nearly extinct in the 1960s.
Falcons around the world
Peregrine falcons can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
Falcon females can be 20% bigger than males
Female falcons can be up to 20% larger than male falcons.
Falcons diet
Peregrine falcons feed on a variety of birds including pigeons, ducks and songbirds as well as bats. They can catch their prey in mid-air.
Falcon means the wanderer in latin
Peregrine falcons get their name from the Latin word peregrinus, meaning "to wander."