|The Evanston Public Library FalconCam|
The falcons have been spotted again this year in the nesting area at the library. It appears to be the same pair (Nona and Squawker) that nested here the last seven years. There is an Evanston Peregrine Falcon Watch for posting and sharing news and observations of the Evanston Peregrine Falcons.
There is also a Facebook fan page: EPL Falcons on Facebook
Live FalconCam Image:
2013 Saved Images:
2012 Saved Images:
Update — 5/20/2013|
Our friends from the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium will be at the Main Library on Thursday, May 30 at 10:30 am to band the baby falcons. The work will take place on the west side of the 3rd floor of the Main Library.
Update — 5/9/2013|
Four chicks confirmed today.
Update — 5/7/2013|
Three chicks spotted this morning!
Update — 5/6/2013|
First egg hatched this morning!
Update — 4/8/2013|
Update — 4/4/2013|
Update — 4/1/2013|
Two eggs spotted! The first was seen late on Saturday night.
Update — 3/26/2013|
On the look out for the first egg!
Update — 5/14/2012|
The friendly scientists from the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium will be stopping by on Thursday, May 31 at 11:30 am to band the peregrine falcon eyases.
Update — 5/6/2012|
Second chick spotted around 4:30 pm.
Update — 5/2/2012|
First chick seen hatching around 7 pm.
Update — 4/3/2012|
Update — 3/31/2012|
Update — 3/29/2012|
Update — 3/27/2012|
Falcons at the Library
Peregrine Falcons nested on the Library for the first time in the summer of 2004. That year there were four eggs, but shortly after the eggs hatched the female broke her wing leaving the male to raise the chicks on his own. Only one chick successfully fledged, the other three succumbed to malnourishment and disease. The female with the broken wing received veterinary treatment and now appears in nature education programs.
In 2005 the same male returned to the Library with a new mate and three chicks fledged successfully. In the fall of 2005 the male broke his wing; despite treatment the wing did not heal and he had to be euthanized. 2005 marked the debut of the FalconCam.
The Evanston Review had an article about the falcons: "Falcon family thrills a rapt library crowd" (Evanston Review, June 30, 2005)
2006 was another good year. Four eggs were laid in mid April, three chicks hatched in mid May and all three fledged successfully between June 27 and 29. For a short while they were seen around Evanston, but they soon dispersed, and their current whereabouts are unknown.
On Monday June 12, 2006 staff and volunteers from the Field Museum banded and took blood samples from the chicks, and they posed for a photograph. One of the three chicks is female and two are male. They were named:
In 2007, there were four chicks, three males and one female.
The birds were named:
In 2008, there was one male and three females [Correction: Mistress Hussey turned out to be male, so there were actually 2 males and 2 females. He was presumed female at the time of banding because there was some doubt as to gender, and Mary Hennen of the Field Museum always errs on the side of female to prevent any chance of a still growing leg becoming constricted by the smaller male band.] The chosen names were:
In 2009, The Library peregrine falcons were banded, sampled and named on May 27. Their names are:
In 2010, The Library peregrine falcons were banded, sampled and named on May 26. Their names are:
The names of the four 2011 eyases (EYE-ah-sez) are:
A quick video of the return to the pillar cap after the banding.
The names of the two 2012 eyases are Gribley (male) and Marigold (female).
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