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New Banded Male Falcon From Eastern US Visits Nest

Kalamazoo Male Peregrine

For the last few years, there had been two adult Peregrine Falcons in downtown Kalamazoo: a banded female (Rebecca) and an unbanded male.  Because of the band number, we know the female is Rebecca and that she was hatched in South Bend. 

These adults successfully raised four young in 2014.  Astute Kalamazoo Peregrine Falcon watchers started to notice a change in behavior of the adult resident birds in November of 2014.  On February 21, there was footage from the nest camera that confirmed the presence of a male Peregrine with leg bands. 

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Distracted flying likely played role in death of young falcon

Distracted flying likely played role in death of young falcon

One of the four young peregrine falcons was found dead in August near Bronson Methodist Hospital. The falcon died of trauma after a high speed crash. The bird was likely distracted after swiping a pigeon which was still clutched in its talons.

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Name picked for Peregrine falcon

Name picked for Peregrine falcon

A name was picked by a special committee for the peregrine falcon that has made its home atop the 5/3 Bank Building in Kalamazoo. (With video)

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Perigrine falcon returns home from flight camp

Perigrine falcon returns home from flight camp

The young peregrine falcon who was rescued after a crash and recovered at a flight camp has returned to his parents and three siblings at their home on the 5/3 Bank building by the biologists who rescued him. The bird was banded in captivity making it the only one of the siblings with a band.

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Bank holds contest to name the banded peregrine falcon

Bank holds contest to name the banded peregrine falcon

Have an idea for a name for one of the peregrine falcons who call downtown Kalamazoo home?

Fifth Third Bank is hosting a contest to name the young falcon with the banded leg. Suggestions may be submitted at one of the local Fifth Third Bank locations

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Kalamazoo Peregrine Falcon Collides With Window


It’s a big world out there. One of the four peregrine falcon chicks made that discovery as one of its first flights ended into a crash into the window of the police station across the street from its nesting box in the 5/3 building.

The good news is that the bird is not seriously injured and will be spending the next week at “peregrine summer camp,” a protected raptor rehabilitation site in Southeast Michigan.

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Peregrine Falcons ready to fly the coop

Peregrine Falcons ready to fly the coop

The peregrine falcon chicks perched high atop the 5/3 bank tower in downtown Kalamazoo are about ready to fly the coop. (With video)

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Kalamazoo's peregrine falcon chicks escape banding


The Peregrine falcon chicks that nest in the 5/3 building downtown escaped being banded due to fear of injury.

Nik Kalejs, head of Peregrine falcon banding for the Michigan DNR, made the call. After seeing the size and mobility of the chicks, he determined that risk of injury to the chicks and the potential to scare the birds off the edge was too great.

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Kalamazoo Peregrine Falcons Have Chicks


Exciting news for birdwatchers in downtown Kalamazoo. After years of attempts at reproducing, the two peregrine falcons have successfully hatched chicks in a nesting box built by volunteers just outside the building on the thirteenth floor of the 5/3 Bank.

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