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Peregrine Falcon Eggs Hatch on Monarch Place

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –We got a glimpse of the hours old baby Peregrine Falcon, but it didn’t last long as the mother falcon keeps close guard and waits for her other eggs to hatch.

“We didn’t see any fledglings yesterday  and this morning we saw two,” said Bill Terry, Monarch Place.

Bill Terry oversees the Falcon’s Nest on the 21st floor of Monarch Place.  He says they  first noticed eggs in the nest about 35-days ago and soon after they put up a live camera so people could keep watch on the building’s website.  Since the eggs started to hatch it’s been all the talk.

“That’s the word of the day,  “how the chick’s doing,” “how many now” things like that,” explained Terry.

State Wildlife Expert Tom French is tracking the progress as well.  He says this nest has been perched on the ledge since 1989 and has been very successful, with some 34-chicks have been hatched there.

“It was our second Peregrine Falcon nest in modern history for  the whole state of Massachusetts, Customs House in Boston was first,” said French.

Right now there are four Falcon Nests in the state, two of them in Western Mass, Springfield and UMass Amherst, all of them are being monitored by camera’s.

“The audience can be huge.  It’s kind of an original reality show.  It’s natures programming but it’s reality,” added French.

As we were watching the “show” at Monarch Place the male peregrine flew in.   And from time to time we got a peek of the eggs waiting to hatch.

“To watch chick hatch out of an egg is something Professional Biologists could never do in the old days, now people can watch from their bedroom or living room,” said French.

French tells us about three weeks or so from now they will be up here to band the baby falcons, so no matter where they go they’ll always know their history and where they were born.

“Watching these chicks grow up is gonna be drama from state to finish.  Will they all hatch, maybe some won’t hatch.  Will the last hatched chick be able to keep up with old siblings,” said French.

If you want to keep an eye on the nest, you can go to the website for Monarch Place.

If you would like to check on the falcons atop UMass’ library, you can visit their website.


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