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MGE Peregrine Falcons News

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.

Falcons will soon fledge

June
15
2017

Have you been keeping an eye on our falcon chicks? Since Peregrine chicks are among the fastest growing animals, our foursome has gone from white fuzzy babies to sleek brown juveniles in a short 5 weeks. Any day they should be taking their first flight, known as fledging. This usually occurs within 40 days of hatching. Check out our falcon cam for a glimpse into the nesting box.

Wisconsin's Newest Cheeseheads

June
1
2017

Just in time to honor June Dairy Month and celebrate our state's long-standing tradition of cheese production, the falcon chicks were named Brick, Cheddar, Colby and Limburger! Learn more about MGE's falcon stewardship and these notable Wisconsin cheeses in our video.

Falcon Chicks

Say cheese!

May
31
2017

Introducing Brick, Cheddar, Colby and Limburger - named after Wisconsin's most notable cheese varieties! Learn more.

Falcon Chicks

Falcon chicks are growing!

May
22
2017

Trudy and Melvin have been extremely busy tending to the needs of their growing newborns. Peregrines change from their fluffy state at hatching to brown juveniles in only five weeks. Within 40 days of hatching, they will begin learning to fly, known as fledging. Keep an eye on the family by checking out our falcon cam!

Falcon Chicks

Fourth egg hatched Friday!

May
15
2017

The fourth and final egg hatched on Friday afternoon! A total of 35 Peregrine Falcons have hatched in the nesting box atop Blount Generating Station since 2009.

Newborn peregrines are unable to regulate their body temperature until they reach about ten days old. Over the last few days, Trudy has attentively huddled over her brood to keep them warm. Melvin, on the other hand, has kept himself busy by bringing food to the nesting box. Since young peregrines are some of the fastest growing creatures in the animal kingdom, Trudy will soon join Melvin in hunting to keep up with their round-the-clock feedings. Watch our falcon cam to see the chicks grow right before your eyes!

Falcons' first meal

May
12
2017

Introducing the newest members of MGE's peregrine falcon family tree! The first egg hatched on May 11 between 8 and 9 a.m. and the remaining two followed close behind. Check out their first feeding!

Since falcons don't typically begin full-time incubation until the third egg is laid, you will find the first few eggs hatch relatively close together. Trudy's fourth and final chick has started to pip (break the surface of the egg), so it should hatch very soon - watch here.

The hatching process has begun!

May
11
2017

The first two falcon chicks hatched this morning. The third has started to pip (break the surface of the egg), so it should hatch very soon. Check out the first glimpses of the newest members of our falcon family and watch our livestream for real-time updates!

4 Eggs Are in the Nesting Box!

April
10
2017

On Sunday afternoon, Trudy laid her fourth egg. Historically, there has been a total of four eggs laid in our nesting box every year, with the exception of 2009 when there were three. We'll keep watch to see if she lays a fifth egg in the coming days. Trudy and Melvin will spend the next few weeks taking turns incubating the eggs. While the female mostly handles incubating duties, the male will help by bringing food and giving her breaks to eat. On average, it takes 29 to 35 days for the eggs to hatch.

Congrats, Trudy!

April
03
2017

MGE is pleased to announce that Trudy, the female peregrine that is nesting at Blount, has laid her first egg of the season. It was first spotted in the nesting box via the livestream camera on Sunday, April 2, around 4:35 p.m. This timing has been consistent with years past – historically the first egg has been laid between March 28 and April 4. Check out this video of Trudy inspecting her egg!

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.

Melvin’s ID bands show that he was born at the Oak Creek Power Plant in 2013 and arrived at Blount in 2015 after displacing Vern, the original male falcon who had nested here since 2009.

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.

Although unbanded, it is assumed that the falcon is Trudy back for her sixth consecutive year. Since Jan. 26, she has been observed several times with a second falcon identified as Suzuki. Suzuki was born at the WE Energies nesting box in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. in 2006 and nested last year in Jefferson, Wis.

Melvin has been Trudy’s partner for the past two years. We will be keeping a close watch to see if Melvin returns this year or if he will be ousted by Suzuki or another male.

Check out our livestream Falcon Cam for a bird's-eye view into what is happening this nesting season.