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Capitol Peregrine progeny takes over in Omaha

Our friends over at the Woodmen (http://falcons.woodmen.org/) in Omaha announced this morning a mystery that was covertly solved late last week.   There is a new male Peregrine Falcon at the Woodmen this spring, supplanting the long-lived Zeus.  Surprise, surprise, the new male Peregrine in Omaha was hatched at the Capitol in 2010.   It has the band combination 57/H and was assigned the name “Mintaka” as a result of our “name-the-chicks” contest.

It was just over a week I blogged (http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2013/03/peregrine-death-family/) about another Peregrine Falcon carcass recovered in Omaha.  It was suspected that bird died as a result of a territorial fight.   It seems we may now know the winner of that deadly battle.

You may also remember that Capitol progeny, both the male and female, also took-over in Topeka, KS.  My sources tell me they have not confirmed the bands of those birds this year, but hopefully that information will be coming soon.   I blogged about this last year (http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2012/04/progeny-topeka-connection/).

To see a photo of of a grown-up Mintaka at the nestbox, visit the Woodmen of World’s Facebook page at


Below, is a photo of the Capitol’s Peregrine chicks in 2010.  One of these fluffballs is Mintaka, now the tiercel (male falcon) in Omaha.

About Joel Jorgensen

Joel Jorgensen is a Nebraska native and he has been interested in birds just about as long as he has been breathing. He has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues. Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. When not working, he enjoys birding.

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