At least one peregrine hatches at UND water tower
GRAND FORKS—The peregrine falcons nesting atop the University of North Dakota water tower appear to have at least one baby, observers say.
Parents are Marv, the patriarch of Grand Forks peregrines since 2014, and an unbanded female that showed up this spring in place of Terminator, who had produced every peregrine chick since 2008 when she first nested in Grand Forks. Terminator didn't return to the nest box this year, so the speculation is she died.
Local raptor expert and licensed bander Tim Driscoll, who keeps close watch on the local peregrines, said the female is sitting higher in the nest box, a subtle change in body language that suggests she has at least one chick. Marv also is providing prey and sits closer to her when he's at the tower, Driscoll said.
"It's too soon to tell" how many babies are in the nest box, Driscoll said. "They need to get bigger so their heads go up over the rail."
Figuring the hatch occurred May 31 or June 1, Driscoll said he tentatively will plan to band the chick—or chicks—sometime around June 20, give or take a few days.