Westar's Peregrine Falcons Return, Two Eggs In Nest

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Westar Energy could soon be boasting new baby peregrine falcons.

Mom, Nemaha, laid her first egg of the season around 3:10 am Friday. She laid a second one just before 1 pm Sunday.

Nemaha and her partner, Boreas, have nested atop Westar's general office building in downtown Topeka since 2011.

“We expect additional eggs to follow in a couple of days,” said Brad Loveless, director, biology & conservation programs. “Females commonly lay about four eggs a year over the course of two to two and a half days.”

This year, crews made modifications to the nest box in hopes to give young birds more preparation for their first flights. The pair's two chicks fell to their deaths last year. Westar says the mortality rate for young falcons is more than 50 percent.

As always, Westar is providing a web cam to view the falcon family. Monday, it showed Nemaha sitting on the eggs, keeping them safe. It can be viewed at www.westarenergy.com/greenteam.


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