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MGE Peregrine Falcons

2017 Falcon Chicks Take Flight!

June
26
2017

Colby, Cheddar, Limburger and Brick have taken their first flight! While they are no longer hanging out in the nest box, they should stick close as they perfect their flying and hunting skills. Good luck to our favorite foursome - we hope to catch a glimpse of them in other nest boxes in the future!

First fledge of the season

June
18
2017

Colby was the first of our young falcons to take flight! Check out this video of the first fledge of the season while Colby's siblings watch.

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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 2016, a known total of 103 falcon chicks hatched at 34 nest sites in Wisconsin. 37% 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."