Last week, four peregrine falcon chicks were successfully banded at the Colonnade building. There were three males and one female and each was fitted with federal and bi-colored leg bands. The first nesting attempt at this site was made in 1991, and to date, there have been 66 young produced. The chicks’ nest tray – which overlooks downtown Minneapolis - is reached only by a window-washing carriage, operated by the building’s facilities management.
As the carriage descended and the chicks were removed, the female kept a close watch, repeatedly flying past and vocalizing to defend her chicks. The entire process took about one-half hour and when the chicks were returned, the female was perched on the nest ledge.