A pair of peregrine falcons has called the MidAmerican Energy Building in Davenport, Iowa home since 2003. Scorpio, the female and P/D, the male, have raised more than a dozen chicks since then.
In 1999, Scorpio was released at Ball State University as part of a Wildlife Recovery program and P/D was released at Lansing, Iowa as part of a repopulation program to introduce peregrines back into Iowa.
Bridge construction forced the pair from their original home on the Centennial bridge. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources installed a nesting box at the MidAmerican Energy building and the falcons immediately used it as their home.
The first falcon chick of 2013 hatched the weekend of May 4-5.
Peregrine falcons were on the threatened or endangered species lists of Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota. With the elimination of DDT in the early 1970’s, the peregrine falcons have made a tremendous comeback and have been removed from the endangered species list, but are still on the protected raptor list.
Watch video of the chicks feeding in the player below: