The first falcon chick of 2013 hatched the weekend of May 4-5.
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 chick of 2012 hatched Monday morning, May 7, 2012. A second egg hatched at about noon that same day, and a third egg hatched the next day during the lunch hour.
The chicks got tags and names Thursday, May 31, 2012. Names were chosen from those submitted on the MidAmerican Energy Facebook page.
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: