June 20, 2014 at 11:35 pm

1 of 4 falcon chicks hatched in May in Macomb County dies

Mount Clemens— The nest of two adult peregrine falcons named Hathor and Nick is a bit more empty with the death of one of its chicks.

Christine Becher, Department of Natural Resources’ southeast Michigan peregrine falcon nesting coordinator, said she was notified Thursday the female peregrine falcon chick named COMTEC died during her first attempt at flying.

“Sometimes it happens,” Becher said. “From what I understand she flew into a window of the Macomb County Administration Building. She either broke her neck when she hit the window or when she fell. Mortality is high in the first year or two of the birds’ lives.”

COMTEC and her sisters Hero and Jo, and brother Max, hatched atop the 11th floor of the old county building in May.

The chicks were banded by the DNR and then named by County Executive Mark Hackel on June 6.

COMTEC was named in honor of Macomb’s new communication center.

The public can observe Hero, Jo and Max at a gazebo near the Old Macomb County Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Enter the parking lot from First Street between Crocker Boulevard and Dickinson Street.

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