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MGE Peregrine Falcons

Melvin is back in town!

Feb
14
2017

Melvin, the male Peregrine Falcon who has nested at Blount for the past two seasons, was observed on our Falcon Cam for the first time on Friday, February 10. Like Trudy, this is significantly earlier than previous seasons. Last year he arrived on March 9.


Falcons return!

Feb
01
2017
Peregrine Falcons have returned to the MGE nesting box located atop the Blount Generating Station, spotted for the first time on the Falcon Cam on Jan. 26. This is the earliest a falcon has ever been observed in our nesting box; 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 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."