For nearly a decade Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) nested on a crane at the Port of Olympia . In 2014 the obsolete cranes were dismantled and removed. The nest box was relocated to the nearby Capitol Center Building. The peregrines did not take to the new location but instead nested in an abandoned Bald Eagle nest located on the tree-line behind the Governor’s Mansion above Capitol Lake. In the spring of 2014 the peregrines successfully hatched two chicks but the nest failed. A witness reported seeing a Bald Eagle dive into the nest which may have resulted in the nest failure.
The resident peregrines use the capitol dome as a prime location for perching and hunting year-round. During the nesting season the fledgling peregrines take refuge on the dome, receive prey deliveries from the adults, and learn to hunt.
Since recovering from near extinction from DDT, peregrines adapted to nesting on tall buildings and bridges. The medium-size falcons can exceed 200 mph when diving after prey making them the fastest animal on the planet.
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