UC Davis Medical Center today officially launched a livestream that lets viewers watch the hospital’s peregrine falcon family, complete with four cute newborns.
Last month, four peregrine chicks hatched in a nest on the roof of the hospital. The still-unsteady babies – thought to be three males and one female – are doing well. The young birds have a downy soft coat that is long and fluffy. Their pin feathers are beginning to emerge at wing tips and tail.
Viewers can keep up with the peregrine’s growth and activities by bookmarking this channel. They may see everything from competing-for-mom’s-attention scenes and playful stumbling around the nest to sibling rivalries and bickering as the chicks grow up. It’s just like any good reality show.
Since at least 2015, a pair of peregrine falcons has called UC Davis Medical Center’s roof their home. Their nest is located a safe distance from our hospital’s helipad. It will be home to the new birds through June.
Peregrine falcons are known as one of the world's fastest birds. When power-diving from great heights to strike their prey, the falcons can reach speeds of 200 mph.
At one time, the birds were on the federal list of Endangered Species. They also were one of the first birds placed on California's Endangered Species List. A ban on the insecticide DDT in 1972 helped the species recover enough so that the raptor could be removed from the federal list in 1999. Ten years later, in 2009, peregrine falcons were removed from the state’s list 10 years later.