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MGE Peregrine Falcons News

Our Falcon Cam is back!

Jul
14
2021

Thank you for your patience while awaiting our falcon cam to return! The old camera had to be completely replaced, and to avoid disturbing the nesting process, we waited until after our new falcons fledged before installing. It looks like the falcons are still hanging around, so check back frequently to see if you can spot them in the nest from our new camera!

Falcon chicks named and banded

Jun
03
2021

The three peregrine falcons that hatched in the nesting box on top of our downtown Madison Blount Generating Station in May have been named and banded! With the emphasis this past year on staying close to home, the chicks' names reflect the neighborhood our falcons call home.

Falcon chicks named and banded

Willy, a male, was named for Williamson Street. Our falcons keep watch over Willy Street as their nesting box faces the well-known thoroughfare and Lake Monona. Jenifer, a female, was named in honor of Jenifer Street, which runs parallel to Williamson Street. Brearly, a female, was named for Brearly Street, which runs between Lake Monona and Lake Mendota and borders McPike Park.

Wisconsin peregrine falcon expert Greg Septon banded the chicks at Blount in early June. The bands allow experts to track the birds throughout their lifetimes.

Unfortunately, we were unable to resolve the issue with our live falcon camera during the banding (when the chicks were outside of the nesting box). We plan to make the necessary repairs during the off-season after the chicks have fledged and have left the nesting box for the season.

Falcon chicks named and banded

Our falcons have hatched!

May
24
2021

Thanks to a small peephole that was installed in the latest design of our falcon box, we were able to determine that our falcons have hatched! After consultation with our falcon expert, we've concluded that they hatched around May 14. We have scheduled a banding to take place in the coming weeks. We plan to share photos (and, we hope, fix the camera) at that time! Stay tuned for the official photo release of our newest falcon chicks!

Technical Issues with the Livestream

May
05
2021

We know many enjoy watching Blount's peregrine falcons, Trudy and Melvin, keep watch over their eggs. We expect their three eggs to hatch in the coming weeks! Unfortunately, we're experiencing a technical issue with our falcon cam. We're unable to investigate it further without accessing the camera, which we cannot do without potentially disturbing our falcons.

We hope to be able to resolve the issue when the chicks are temporarily removed from the nesting box for banding later this spring.

We know many are disappointed the camera is not functioning--we are too! We hope to be able to see Trudy, Melvin and their chicks soon. In the meantime, we will be posting updates!

And Then There Were Three!

Apr
19
2021

On Friday morning, April 9, Trudy laid her third egg. 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.

Three eggs in the nesting box

Nesting Season Has Begun!

Apr
07
2021

MGE is pleased to announce that Trudy, the female peregrine that is nesting at Blount, has laid her first two eggs of the season. The first egg was spotted in the nesting box via the livestream camera on Sunday, April 4. This timing has been consistent with years past – historically the first egg has been laid between March 28 and April 4. The second egg was spotted this morning. We hope to see more eggs in the coming days!

Reunited!

Feb
26
2021

On February 26, three falcons were spotted in our nesting box throughout the day. The unbanded one is likely Trudy, making her tenth consecutive appearance in our nesting box. Trudy has successfully hatched a total of 35 peregrine chicks since she first arrived at our Blount Generating Station in downtown Madison. The second falcon observed was Melvin, who according to his ID band, hatched in 2013 at a nesting site in Oak Creek, Wis., and first arrived in Madison in 2015. Melvin and Trudy have been partners for the past six years and are reunited for the 2021 season.

The third falcon observed was Suzuki whose ID band shows he hatched at a site in Pleasant Prairie in 2006 and typically nests at the Valero Ethanol Plant in Jefferson, Wis. Suzuki has frequently visited our next box early in the season but was likely chased off by Melvin.

Trudy and Melvin in the nesting box

Trudy and Melvin first spotted together on the afternoon of February 26.

Falcons Return

Feb
23
2021

Around 8:45 a.m. on Feb. 23, an unbanded peregrine falcon, believed to be Trudy, arrived at the MGE nesting box. This is Trudy's tenth straight year at our box. Later that afternoon a male falcon also was spotted. His color is consistent with Suzuki, a peregrine who has frequently stopped by our box early in the year during the last ten years before moving on to his regular nesting spot.