MGE Peregrine Falcons

Falcon born at MGE has third brood of chicks


A female peregrine falcon born in the MGE nesting box atop our Blount Generating Station in 2014 has successfully nested for the third straight year at Wisconsin Public Service's (WPS) Weston Power Plant near Wausau.

Rosalie, born to Trudy and her former partner Vern, produced four eggs this spring, three of which have hatched. She also produced four eggs in both 2016 and '17.

Four eggs laid in Blount nesting box


For the seventh 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 fourth year in a row, Trudy laid her first egg on Saturday, April 14. She produced a second egg three days later, and a third on April 19. The fourth came sometime between the afternoon of April 21 and the morning of April 22.

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