Name the falcon chicks contest 2017 winners
Each student who submitted a winning entry received an invitation to participate in the banding of the peregrine falcon chicks, a certificate and a photograph with the chicks. Each winner and their entire classroom also received a birds of prey presentation from the Raptor Education Group Inc.
- Morgan Freebird - submitted by Lamarr Lewis, an eighth-grade student at Goodman-Armstrong Creek School. "I chose this name because the life of a bird is something that deserves to get a great narrator like this," Lewis wrote.
- Daredevil - submitted by Ben Backman, a third-grade student at the Kidstown School-Age Program in Mosinee. "They are so fast and dive so close to the ground. They are big gamblers," Backman explained of his entry.
- Descendant - submitted by Emily Foster, a kindergarten student at Evergreen Elementary School in Rothschild. "It is a cool name for a bird," Foster wrote.
- Miracle - submitted by Angela Xiong, a fifth-grade student at Weston Elementary School in Schofield. "I chose Miracle because the falcon will have a good life when it is born," wrote Xiong. "It will do challenging stuff and he will also have a good life knowing that he/she lived well. It will have a miracle in its life, like almost everybody has one."
The falcons leaving the nest (Jun 20-27).
Meet Morgan Freebird, Daredevil, Descendant and Miracle.
Getting so big.
Stretching our wings.
Waiting for food.
The sleeping chicks.
Mother and chicks in the nest
Mother keeping the chicks warm. It's getting harder as they get bigger.
The four chicks staying warm.
The fourth chick was hatched sometime during the night. This is a video early morning of the next day.
Both parents helping with feeding.
Both parents in the nest with the chicks.
Feeding time. The parents bring the food to the nest and put it in the chicks mouth.
Three chicks hatched. The second and third chick hatched overnight.
One of the parents watching over the chick after hatching.
The first chick after hatching on May 10.
There are four eggs in the nest. A typical nest has 3-4 eggs.
Covering the eggs to keep them warm. Both male and female falcons sit on the nest.
Rosalee laid a third egg on April 5 about 3:30 pm.
Sheldon standing over the eggs
Two eggs in the nest
First egg in the nest
Sheldon sitting on the first egg. Both parents share in keeping the eggs warm.
Sheldon watching over the nesting box.
Rosalee joins Sheldon in the nesting box. She is back for the third straight year too.
Sheldon seems to enjoy spring in central Wisconsin. He's back at the nesting box for a third straight year.