Peregrine falcons are known to share parenting duties, and Cleveland's Lady Millar and Stacker are no exception.
The pair have called Cleveland’s Terminal Tower home for 28 years. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), they're currently raising a full brood of five chicks. Volunteer falcon watchers Chad and Chris Saladin said Lady Millar laid five eggs in April; the eggs hatched on May 22.
"Due to aftereffects of DDT, peregrine falcons were placed on the federal endangered species list in 1970. Today the peregrine falcon is delisted at both the federal and state levels, but populations continue to be monitored." -- ONDR Division of Wildlife
In 2016, Lady Millar and Stacker successfully raised and fledged two young peregrines.
"Falcon facts" from ODNR:
- Peregrines normally grow to 15 inches in length with a 40-inch wingspan.
- The speed of a peregrine has been said to reach 175 miles per hour or more
- A young falcon in the nest is called a nestling or an eyas (pronounced I-es)