Du Bois Library Falcons
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This April marked the second nesting season for the mated pair of Peregrine falcons that successfully raised two chicks, a male and a female, in 2015. The previous pair, which nested on the Library roof from 2003-2014, hatched a total of 37 chicks.
Of the four eggs that were laid this year, two were not viable. The first chick hatched on May 18 and perished a day later, having accidentally choked on a piece of food. The second chick, a male, hatched on May 21, thrived, and was banded by Tom French of MassWildlife, on June 13. His band number is 90 Black over BS Green. He fledged on the morning of June 30.
There have been sightings of the mated pair and the fledgling along with new unbanded adult falcons who appear to be checking out the nest box, therefore we expect that there might be competition for the box next spring.
Peregrine falcons have successfully nested on the roof of the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst since 2003. The live webcam was installed in 2012 thanks to the UMass Amherst Facilities Planning Division, UMass Amherst Information Technology, the Libraries' Systems and Web Management Department, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), and the Friends of the Libraries.
Questions about the Falcon Cam? Contact Alison Király at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-545-6156.