Thursday was a big day for the peregrine falcons living atop the Woodmen Tower.
The chicks hatched just this month and they’re growing fast.
They got their first medical check-ups Thursday and had identification bands wrapped onto their legs. They’ll be ready to fly in just a few weeks.
Before long they’ll be grown up and hunting the pigeons downtown.
Joel Jorgensen, the Non-Game Bird Program Manager with the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, said, “That is an added benefit. Common pigeons cause a lot of problems in cities with what they do, and peregrine falcons are more than happy to munch on pigeons. So it's a win-win."
The are two males and two females. The banding and check-ups were done as part of the kickoff for the Name the Falcon contest on Facebook.