Peregrine Hatch Observed Atop UND Water Tower

Everything appears to be on schedule for the peregrine falcons nesting atop the UND water tower.

Tim Driscoll, the Grand Forks raptor expert who monitors the birds, said at least one baby peregrine has hatched, based on the behavior of the mother, Terminator, and Marv, a male peregrine hatched last spring in Fargo. Marv showed up in Grand Forks this spring to mate with the older female.

The timing of the hatch is consistent with when Terminator laid her eggs, Driscoll said. Because the nest is some 100 feet up the tower, it’s difficult to observe much from the ground, Driscoll said, especially on rainy days such as Wednesday.

“We’ll know more in a week or so,” Driscoll said.

Terminator, hatched in 2006 in Brandon, Man., has been nesting in Grand Forks since 2008.