Photographed: 2008 falcon young, Beaky, learning to fly on the downtown Westar Topeka rooftop.
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We've had no reports of any injured or killed falcons and we see the chicks and adults routinely, so we believe that the family is all still healthy. We tend to spot them perched on our Westar signs and communications tower.
Names were chosen based on popular suggestions from previous years and traits. The names are as follows:
|Female 1- Color band, black over red B91- USFWS- 1687-30201||Shawnee|
|Female 2- Color band, black over red B92- USFWS- 1687-30202||Kansa|
|Male 1- Color band, black over red H65- USFWS- 1126-06601||Galvani|
|Male 2- Color band, black over red H67- USFWS- 1126-06602 (youngest male)||Volta|
Shawnee: Reference to Shawnee county, Kansas. Where Topeka is located.
Kansa: Short for Kansas. Also reference to Native American tribe.
Galvani: Reference to famous discoverer/inventor of electricity.
Volta: Reference to famous discoverer/inventor of electricity. Fits his traits.
The falcons were successfully banded this afternoon. We have two females and two males. All appear to be in good health and did very well throughout the identification and banding process. More photos.
The falcon banding has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, June 1. It was originally scheduled for Monday, May 27.
Four chicks await feeding time.
Falcon chick #4 hatches at 5:38 a.m..
Mom feeds three young falcons. Kind of hard to see, but yes, there are three.
Three young hatch. First at 3:33 p.m.. Second at 5:02 p.m.. Third at 5:21 p.m.
The fourth egg arrived sometime early morning.
The third egg arrived at 8:50 p.m..
The second egg arrived at 12:50 p.m..
Egg number one arrived at 3:10 a.m.. Peregrines have a clutch size of three to four eggs.
We have confirmed that our falcon couple is Nemaha (female) and Boreas (male), the same falcon couple as the previous two years.
2013 Falcon Nest Box Modifications
After several years of successful fledglings, we experienced some unfortunate troubles the past couple years. We did research and made changes to better equip and protect the young birds as they prepare to take their first flights.
- Increased the size of the box vertically to allow for a more recessed nesting area.
Recessed nesting area creates a lip that birds have to climb over to gain access to the perch/external platform. This will hopefully ensure that birds have reached a necessary level of maturity before flying.
Changes don't guarantee a successful flight, but we feel that this will give young birds the best opportunity for survival during this tricky first stage.
We expect the falcons to nest in early to mid-March. They have been spotted flying in the downtown Topeka area (late January).
January 2013: Green Team members install the modified falcon nest box above our downtown Topeka rooftop. In the background is the Kansas State Capitol building.
A view of the modified nest box from below.