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Peregrine falcon eggs arrive early this year

Kalamazoo Peregrine falcon eggs
3/24/2016

The Peregrine falcons have started their family early this year.  Rebecca laid the first egg just before 4 PM on Saturday, 3/19/2016.

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Kalamazoo falcons have an egg in their nesting box

3/21/2016

Kalamazoo falcons have an egg in their nesting box.  The Peregrine falcons made it onto the local news. See the full story at the following link.

http://wwmt.com/news/local/kalamazoo-falcons-have-an-egg-in-their-nestin...

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It's a Season of Romance for Peregrine Falcons

3/9/2016

By Rosemary Parker | rparker3@mlive.com The Kalamazoo Gazette
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on March 07, 2016 at 10:54 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.

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

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2016/03/kalamazoos_peregri...

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Early March 2016 Romance is in the Air

3/7/2016

Our resident Peregrine falcons, Rebecca and Kewpee, stayed in downtown Kalamazoo all winter and have visited the nest box regularly.  Although peregrines are great migrators, there is plenty of food in the downtown area and the urban birds often stay in their home territory for the winter.   Kewpee especially spends time perched on the edge of the box surveying the town.  Now, in early March, they visit the box frequently during the day and are both occasionally (although  briefly), in the box together typically first thing in the morning.  They are showing signs of courtship and Kewpee has given up his lunch to Rebecca (or at least not resisted her taking his food and absconding with it). 

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Young peregrine falcons are named

7/23/2015

The young Kalamazoo peregrines received their community names today.  The birds will still be identified by their official federal and state band numbers, but the Fifth Third Bank hosted a contest to give community names to three of the four 2015 hatchlings.  A panel of judges, including Kalamazoo mayor Bobby Hopewell, sorted through the forty names submitted from the community.  The fourth bird was previously named by a local classroom.

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Where are the brds?

7/19/2015

There is a “Where is Waldo?” contest currently going on in Kalamazoo.  Images of the cartoon character, Waldo are hiding in various businesses and if you find him, you can get your score sheet checked at that business.

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Am I a Boy or a Girl?

7/7/2015

In my blog posts, I often use pronouns of he, she, or s/he when referring to a bird.  In reality, I often don’t know for sure.  The gender of a falcon is recorded at the time of banding, based on size alone.

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FIFTH THIRD ASKS COMMUNITY TO NAME ENDANGERED PEREGRINE FALCONS

7/7/2015

KALAMAZOO, MICH- July 7, 2015 – Fifth Third Bank announced it is officially collecting name suggestions from the community to name three of Kalamazoo’s banded Peregrine Falcon chicks today.

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Rehab Again for the First Fledgling

7/3/2015

The first juvenile falcon that fledged from the nest and ended up in rehab shortly after fledging was found walking on Water Street this week and is now back in rehab.

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Summer camp is over. Two young falcons return home

6/25/2015

The two young peregrine falcons that ended up on the ground after their first flights are back at home.

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