TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - One of Topeka's peregrine falcon chicks has died.
The two chicks that hatched this spring, both boys, were banded just last week. Westar Energy says one of the babies fell out of the nesting box atop their downtown building early Saturday and died. The other chick fell out after last Wednesday's storms, but was okay.
Last spring, three chicks hatched and one died in a similar fall.
Westar says the peregrine project did approve the nestbox design, but they're looking at changes for next season to lesson the chances of future accidents.
"Falcon chicks are commonly lost to falls in nature. Statistically, the mortality rate the first year is higher than 50%," Westar's Nick Bundy wrote on the falcons' webpage. "We understand this is a sad time and there is a level of human emotion attached with the falcons."