MGE Peregrine Falcons

Melvin and Trudy Settle In at Blount


We humans aren't the only ones who seem to be enjoying the recent spring-like weather in Madison. MGE's peregrine falcons – Melvin and Trudy – have been a lot more active this week in their nesting box located high atop our Blount Generating Station. Both birds returned to Blount for the season in late January. Melvin has been Trudy’s partner for the past three years and the two are expected to mate again this spring.

MGE's Peregrine Falcons Return Early


A pair of peregrine falcons has returned early to MGE's nesting box in downtown Madison. The two familiar falcons were spotted for the first time on Jan. 27, 2018, marking the second earliest return to Blount Generating Station since peregrines began nesting at MGE in 2009. Last year, the first falcon sighting came on Jan. 26. Historically, the first sighting has ranged between Feb. 7 and Mar. 18.

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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 2017, a known total of 117 falcon chicks hatched at 36 nest sites in Wisconsin. 32% 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."