Surviving Westar Falcon Gets Name, Leaves Nest

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The surviving peregrine falcon chick born atop Westar Energy's downtown building is apparently spreading his wings.

Westar reports the chick left the nest box around 10:45 am Saturday. They say he spent the morning running around the building's ledge before taking flight.

The little guy flew the coop with a name! Westar reports "Edison" received 40 percent of the online vote to win.

Westar's falcon project workers say the chick's parents will continue to help feed and protect him until he's able to fend for himself.

A second chick born to the falcon parents this spring fell to its death earlier in June. A similar incident claimed one of three chicks born last spring. Westar says its nest box design is approved by falcon experts, but it still plans to review and make improvements after this season in hopes of lessening the chances of future falls.


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