The first Peregrine Falcon chick of 2016 has hatched at the Downtown Utica nest site on the 15th floor of the Adirondack Bank Building.

The Utica Peregrine Falcon Project, which monitors the progress of the nest via web cam, says there are three more eggs in the nest which are likely to hatch in the next few days.

This is the third consecutive year that Utica's resident falcons, "Astrid" and "Aires" have produced young.  In 2014, the pair became the first of their species to ever known to successfully raise young in Utica or Oneida County.

There are currently just over 700 pairs of Peregrine Falcons known to be nesting in New York State.  About half of those nests are in cities.

You can watch streaming video from the Utica nest at

photo courtesy of Utca Peregrine Falcon Project
photo courtesy of Utca Peregrine Falcon Project


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