It's a Season of Romance for Peregrine Falcons


By Rosemary Parker |
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on March 07, 2016 at 10:54 AM, updated March 07, 2016 at 10:56 AM

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Braving the heights to install a nesting box outside the 13th floor of the Fifth Third Bank building in downtown Kalamazoo seems to have done the trick. For the third year in a row, a pair of peregrine falcons has signaled its intentions to use the box to raise a family.

"The falcons are active - in and out
of the box a lot," Kalamazoo Audubon Soicety member Gail Walter said. She said she has noted some courting activity -the female stealing food from
the male. "Or maybe he offered it to her but she doesn't stick around for any
small talk)."

Bird watchers can observe those actions from a video cam installed in the box.

"You can see on the video that Rebecca was scraping the gravel
in the box, which is a sign of getting the box ready," Walter said.

"Mating should happen soon," she said.

Follow the link to the Kalamazoo Gazette for photos from last year's banding.

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