3 Macomb County falcon chicks named, banded

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Mount Clemens — One was named for something that's needed more in the world.

His brother was named for Macomb County's farming heritage.

And the third brother's moniker honors a sister who was lost last year.

Meet Peace, Aggie and COMTEC II — 24-day-old peregrine falcons who hatched on the 11th floor of the old Macomb County Administration Building in downtown Mount Clemens.

On Monday, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel gave the three falcon chicks their names after officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Detroit Zoological Society examined and gave them identification bands.

"Peace is something I hope we can all get to in our own lives and with all of the disturbances that are taking place all over the country, I thought it was an appropriate name for the (first bird)," said Hackel. "The second one is named Aggie because of the rich agricultural history in this county."

"And (the third) one is going to be COMTEC II to carry on the name, and it's pretty appropriate because he's a little more communicative than the other two."

The first COMTEC, a female, was born in May last year and died during her first attempt to fly the following month. She was named after Macomb County's communications center.

Proud parents Hathor and Nick anxiously flew and screeched around the building as their babies were given the once-over and new ID bands inside the building.

True to his name, Peace was quiet and calm during his examination. His brothers were a lot more vocal while blood was drawn and they were banded.

Christine Becher, the Southeast Michigan peregrine falcon nesting coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said the three brothers each appeared to be in good health.

"They look great," she said.

Becher said Hathor had laid five eggs this year, but one cracked too early and the other didn't hatch.

The peregrine falcon population was nearly wiped out due to the use of DDT in pesticides during the 1950s. It was listed as an endangered species in the U.S. in 1970, but has been making a comeback since then.

Peregrine falcons have been nesting on the old county building since 2005, Becher said. Nick and Hathor have made the building their home since 2007. The couple have produced 52 eggs and 25 chicks, she said.


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