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Peregrine Falcon close-up

For the first time, web cam viewers can experience first-hand what it’s like to tend to a peregrine falcon chick through the eyes of Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Avian Biologist Kate Heyden. Wearing a mobile camera, Heyden ...read more

Spring has sprung in the Mill Creek peregrine falcon nest box

An unlikely couple became famous last year, drawing more than 24,000 online viewers from 52 countries in just three months. While it sounds like a hit online reality show, two peregrine falcons unknowingly captured viewers' hearts while raising their...read more

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Spring has sprung in the Mill Creek peregrine falcon nest box

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – An unlikely couple became famous last year, drawing more than 24,000 online viewers from 52 countries in just three months. While it sounds like a hit online reality show, two peregrine falcons unknowingly captured viewers’ ...read more

How long is the nesting season?

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What is the purpose of leg bands?

Unique color bands allow biologists to identify individual falcons and track their success. The leg bands have different colors and number codes, which are inputted into a database along with the bird's gender, date of hatching and nesting place. ...read more

Why are the falcons nesting on rocks?

Falcons historically nested on cliffs, so they are accustomed to nesting on rocks. The falcons arrange the rocks in a manner that will keep the eggs from rolling around. ...read more

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How large are peregrine falcons?

Generally, female falcons are larger than male falcons. The wingspan of a peregrine falcon is 2.5 to 3.5 feet. They are 15-20 inches long, from head to tail, and weigh 1.5 to 3.5 pounds. ...read more

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How can I tell the difference between the male and female falcon?

The female falcon is larger than the male falcon and is not banded. When the falcon is perched, it appears similar in size to a crow. ...read more

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Why can't I see the falcon chicks?

Egg hatching rates are variable, so there is no cause for worry. The chicks will not move out from under the adult after they hatch; they will stay under her for warmth. It will take a few days for all of them to hatch. You may notice the adult ...read more

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