Westar Energy

Peregrine Falcons



Photographed: Nest box on top our downtown Topeka office building.

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May 4

Chick #1 arrived on 5/3 at 10:22 p.m..
Chick #2 arrived on 5/4 at 12:12 a.m..
Chick #3 arrived on 5/4 at 2:33 a.m..




March 31

Egg #4 arrived at 8:10 a.m..




March 29

Egg #3 arrived at 3:50 a.m..




March 26

Egg #2 arrived at 7:45 p.m..




March 24

Egg #1 arrived at 5:10 p.m..




March 12

Our falcon pair was caught mating this morning.




2014 Falcon Season

This year, we installed a new dedicated, front-facing camera. In years past, we were borrowing the feed from a security camera. If you're using links from previous years, please make sure they are updated with the link in the above graphic.





2013 Falcon Nest Box Modifications

After several years of successful fledglings, we experienced some unfortunate troubles in 2011 and 2012. After much research we've made changes to better equip and protect the young birds as they prepare to take their first flights.

Modifications

  • 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.