First falcon chick takes flight

May 28, 2008 9:06:12 PM PDT
One of San Jose's peregrine falcon chicks took flight today for the first time, according to a spokeswoman for Mayor Chuck Reed.

San Jose's falcon couple, Carlos and Clara, had three chicks hatch on Earth Day in their nest atop San Jose City Hall. Biologists from the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group later identified the chicks as being two females and a male.

The biologists believe the male chick flew today, according to mayoral spokeswoman Michelle McGurk.

"They think it's the male. They haven't confirmed but it's usually the male who's the first to fly," McGurk said.

The chick was not expected to be flying this early.

"It's very precocious," according to McGurk.

Reed's office is once again sponsoring a contest to name the three chicks. The winning names will be announced Friday morning.


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