Peregrine falcon parents are raising a family of five chicks at Cleveland's Terminal Tower

Posted at 7:44 AM, May 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-27 07:44:04-04

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

Lady Millar was hatched in Niagara Falls in 2011 from a female named Diamond, who hatched in Canton in 2009. She first showed up at the Lakeshore Power Plant in 2013, arriving at Terminal Tower in the spring of 2016.
Stacker hatched at the Eastlake Power Plant in Lake County in 2010. In 2012, he showed up at Northpointe Tower apartments in Euclid, but was not able to hold on to his territory. He finally arrived at Terminal Tower in June 2015.

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)

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