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WPS peregrine falcons take flight

Leave Weston Power Plant nest box
Siren fledges from Weston nest box
Posted at 10:28 AM, Jun 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-24 11:39:15-04

ROTHSCHILD (NBC 26) — A pair of peregrine falcon chicks nesting at Wisconsin Public Service’s (WPS’) Weston Power Plant officially earned their wings by taking their first flights and leaving their nest box.

Courage fledges from Weston nest box

Courage, a male falcon, took to the skies first earlier this month, with his sister, Siren, learning to soar a couple days later. Both falcons were named in honor of some of the many heroes and helpers of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the next few weeks, Siren and Courage will fine-tune their flying skills while learning how to find and hunt prey on their own. The full-fledged falcons will then head off to start their own lives.

This year’s peregrine falcon chicks are the 18th and 19th that have hatched for parents Sheldon and Rosalee, who have nested at the Weston Power Plant since 2015. A total of 39 peregrine falcons have been born inside the plant’s nest box since 2006.

Siren fledges from Weston nest box