Our Peregrine Falcon pair has produced offspring six out of seven past years (see the family tree graphic for a complete rundown of all the Capitol chicks). Even though we have banded all sixteen chicks produced since 2005, we rarely hear back from those youngsters. This is because young Peregrine Falcons, like all birds, have a tough go of it during their first year of life and a decent proportion just don’t make. Furthermore, getting a report of one of our falcons requires someone to be in position to actually read the color bands (and, yes, report the band, too) we put on the birds. Thus, it was rather nifty last spring when we got word that not one, but two, of our Capitol progeny were homemaking at the Westar Energy facility in Topeka, Kansas.
The two birds are Boreas and Nemaha. Boreas is a male that was hatched and raised in 2007. Nemaha is a female hatched and raised in 2009. These two birds nested and hatched eggs in Topeka last year and word is the same pair is back again this year and also has four eggs. This is the first occasions where a live Peregrines produced at the Capitol has shown up or been re-sighted anywhere. The Lincoln Journal Star ran a story last year that is still available online, the link is….
Westar Energy also has a falconcam that can be found here: http://www.westarenergy.com/wcm.nsf/content/falcons