Peregrine falcon chicks hatch in City Hall tower nest
Four peregrine falcon chicks hatched in their Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse nest in mid-May, bringing the total to 12 chicks since peregrines first nested here in 2000.
Raptor experts from the Midwest Peregrine Society scaled the Fifth Street tower to get to the nest. They drew blood from each of the chicks — three males and one female — and then banded each one with a unique number and returned it to the nest.
The parents are a new female that is about 6 years old and a male named Bor – about 9 years old – that has nested here since at least 2005.
|Midwest Peregrine Society staff banded each chick before returning it to the nest.|
Learning to fly
Look for the chicks to make their maiden flights around the end of June. Flying takes practice, and chicks can end up grounded two or three times before they get the hang of it.
If you spot a chick on the ground, please call 311 immediately. The chick will be taken to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, where it will have a checkup before returning to its nest to try to fly again.
For a history of peregrine falcons in the City Hall and Courthouse, visit the Municipal Building Commission website. For more information about the Midwest Peregrine Society, visit www.midwestperegrine.org.
Published Jun. 20, 2012