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Peregrine Falcon History at Nebraska's Capitol

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April 19 – Three eggs confirmed in nestbox, expected to hatch in mid-May.

May 17 – Increased activity at nestbox suggesting eggs may hatched.

May 18 – One chick viewed from streaming video, confirming at least one egg has hatched.

June 7 - One male peregrine falcon chick banded and given a checkup.


  • After several years of use, the nest box is replaced with a new design following the 2009 nesting season. Falcons are observed at the new nest box on several occasions in early March.

  • The same pair successfully fledge three falcons. The one female and two male Peregrine Falcons raised at the Capitol in 2010 have a connection to Orion, the hunter in the sky. Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka are the three bright stars that comprise Orion’s belt. 

Banding Video

  • 2009 – The same pair present since 2005 successfully raises four chicks; 2 females, 2 males. The chicks were named after Nebraska rivers. The Peregrine females were given the names Nemaha and Niobrara. The Male falcons were given the names Platte and Calamus.

  • 2009 - A second nest box with a new design was placed on the Capitol building in late winter before the Peregrine breeding season. The new box is installed to completely replace the older one in 2010. The Peregrines have two choices for nesting structures in 2009.

  • 2008 - The pair laid 4 eggs in April, but the nest failed and what happened to the eggs/chicks was not clear.

  • 2007 - The same pair successfully raised four chicks. The three females and one male were named Boreas, Notus, Eurus and Zephyrus after the four wind gods from Greek mythology that are ascribed to the cardinal directions North,South, East, and West.
  • 2006- The same pair returned and successfully raised three chicks. The two females and one male young were named Willa, Bess and Sterling after famous Nebraskans Willa Cather, Bess Streeter Aldrich, and J. Sterling Morton.

  • 2005 - A pair occupied the Capitol. The male was the same bird (19/K) present in 2003 and the female (A/*Y) was new from Winnipeg, MB, Canada. The pair successfully raised a male chick that we named Pioneer.

  • February 2005- A roof was added to the nest box and camera and monitor installed.

  • 2004 - A pair was present, but nesting did not occur.

  • May 2003 - A pair was present: Male (19/K) from Des Moines, IA and female (40/B), "Angel" from Minneapolis, MN. Two eggs were laid in the nest box, but did not hatch.

  • March 2003 - A pair was seen. The nest box was re-installed above the 18th floor.

  • 1998 - 2002 - While the Capitol was being renovated, the nest box was removed.

  • April 1997 - A male and female were observed courting. The female departed in early May and no nesting occurred.

  • April 1996 - A male and female were observed, but no nesting occurred.

  • March 1993 - A male was observed until May. A female was seen during the same time period, but no nesting occurred.

  • April 1992 - A male and female were observed. The female, unsuccessfully courted by the male, left by early May. Another female arrived soon after. The male departed in August and the female in September. No nesting occurred. A third banded female was observed in September after the other birds had gone. This banded female had just fledged from the Woodmen Tower in Omaha in July.

  • April 1991 - Nest box was installed. A male and female were observed, but no nesting occurred.

  • August 1990 - A single male was observed at the Capitol




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