Peregrine falcon flying

(Photo courtesy: Ken Waller, UC Davis Health)

Season 1 recap: Known for providing good health and well-being for all, UC Davis Medical Center enjoyed the successful hatchings of four peregrine chicks in May 2019. The three males and one female grew quickly and started flying in early June. The boys started leaving the nest before their sister. By August 2019, all four younsters should have established their own nesting areas within the region, wherever there is ample food supply.

Peregrine falcon perched on ledge with Sacramento skyline behind

(Photo courtesy: Ken Waller, UC Davis Health)

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To learn more about the youngsters from Season 1, scroll down for a recap and photos.


May 6, 2019

Four new peregrine falcon chicks huddle in their nest high atop UC Davis Medical Center.

Four peregrine chicks huddled together in their nest


May 9, 2019

The chicks eye their surroundings, but are not moving too much.

Four peregrine chicks huddled together in their nest with their mom flying nearby


May 10, 2019

The young hatchlings start finding a little bit of their own space.

Four peregrine chicks beginning to move around in their nest


May 13, 2019

Mom stands nearby in the afternoon sun.

Afternoon sun shining on the four peregrine chicks huddled together in their nest with mom standing next to them


May 15, 2019

Feeding time at the nest.

Four peregrine chicks huddled together in their nest being fed by their mom


May 17, 2019

Basking in the afternoon sun.

Four peregrine chicks in their nest basking in the afternoon sun


May 20, 2019

The kids huddle with mom nearby.

Four peregrine chicks, now bigger, in their nest with their mom standing next to them


May 21, 2019

One of the chicks being returned to the nest (with mom closely watching nearby).

A peregrine chick being returned to it's nest after a health check-up


May 23, 2019

As they grow and gain strength, the chicks leave the nest to explore their rooftop surroundings in the early morning light.

Morning sunlight shining on the four peregrine chicks moving around their nest

May 26, 2019

Notice the feathers are gaining color.

Four peregrine chicks huddled together with their feathers gaining color


May 31, 2019

The chicks are growing and exploring.

Four peregrine chicks, now bigger, exploring their nest


June 2, 2019

Nearly a month since birth and the chicks are now edging toward their first flights.

Four peregrine chicks now edging toward their first flight


June 6, 2019

Just about ready to fly. Three of the youngsters were really flapping their wings today, running up and down the edge of the building.

Three peregrine chicks standing on the edge of their nest area


June 9, 2019

What a difference a month makes for newborn falcons. Emergency room physician James Holmes took this photo outside his office, which is about 10 floors below the nesting area and in another building.

Young peregrine falcon resting on a window ledge


June 10, 2019

This youngster discovered the hard way that she wasn’t quite ready to fly yet. She was found wandering around the hospital’s loading dock, 14 floors below the nest. An apprentice falconer safely returned her to the nest.

Falcon expert holding fallen peregrine falcon


June 10, 2019

They’re flying! Well, 3 out of 4 of them are flying. The young male peregrines started flying over the weekend. Nurse Diane Boyer, working on the E-6 Cardiothoracic Unit, photographed one of them resting on a window ledge outside her unit.

Young peregrine falcon flapping its wings on a window ledge


June 12, 2019

The nest is mostly empty now. The four recent hatchlings just started to fly. Staff and visitors report seeing them around the hospital and other nearby buildings.

Young peregrine falcon sitting on a window ledge

Photo courtesy James Holmes


June 13, 2019

After being found wandering the streets and getting picked up by Animal Control, one of the fledglings who's still learning to fly was released back to its nest by a specialist from Sacramento's Wildlife Care Association.

Young peregrine falcon is returned to its nest


July 1, 2019

It's truly an empty-nest syndrome for our peregrine parents now. Their four hatchlings flew the crib in mid-June. But like adolescents everywhere, they will still rely on their parents -- at least for the first month or so. The kids still have been seen hanging out near the hospital, and today one of them was spotted near 49th and Broadway. All are expected to seek winged adventures elsewhere in the region by late August.

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Young peregrine falcon flying over UC Davis Medical Center