Falcon Cam Update – May 8, 2017

By LIZ TOTH

Extreme weather conditions occurred over the weekend with temperatures dropping below freezing.  Unfortunately, the mother peregrine falcon was unable to protect the three-week-old chicks from the cold temperatures.

One chick was found dead on the ledge and the remaining three chicks are nowhere to be found.  Most likely the chicks died due to hypothermia and were pushed out of the nest by the parents.  Both parents are still around but no longer defending the nest.  The location of the nest this year on the ledge offered little protection from the elements.

When the eggs are laid in the nest box there is some protection from wind and rain, however, the weather was unseasonably cold and it is likely they may not have survived even if they were in the nest box.  It is hard to say why the falcons chose the ledge over the nest box but it is early enough in the season that the falcons may re-nest so we will watch for any additional eggs to be laid.

The location of the nest this year on the ledge offered little protection from the elements.  When the eggs are laid in the nest box there is some protection from wind and rain, however, the weather was unseasonably cold and it is likely they may not have survived even if they were in the nest box.  It is hard to say why the falcons chose the ledge over the nest box but it is early enough in the season that the falcons may re-nest so we will watch for any additional eggs to be laid.

It is hard to say why the falcons chose the ledge over the nest box but it is early enough in the season that the falcons may re-nest so we will watch for any additional eggs to be laid.

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