Big Red, One Of Two Peregrine Falcons In Downtown Jackson, Lays First Egg Of Year


(WLNS) – Keep your eyes on the sky over downtown Jackson.

Big Red, one of two rare peregrine falcons nesting atop the Jackson County Tower Building, laid her first egg of the season March 22, after nesting for the fifth straight year earlier this month.

According to our media partners at MLive, the peregrines will fledge chicks, known as eyas, sometime in mid-April. It’s likely that Big Red and Chayton could have four or five eggs this season.

Jackson County Facilities Manager Ric Scheele said the duo have born and bred 14 falcon offspring since they claimed the tower building as their home in 2010. “They normally lay about four or five eggs a season,” Scheele said, with three or four likely to hatch.

Jackson County officials have set up a “falcon-cam” and you can watch the activity from the nest here.

To read more from MLive: Big Red, one of two peregrine falcons in downtown Jackson, lays first egg of 2015

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