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Macomb County has been naming and banding peregrine falcons since they were first discovered in the area in 2005. 

The first successful nest was observed in 2008 on the ledge of the Old Macomb County Building, 10 N. Main Street in downtown Mount Clemens, to peregrine falcons Nick and Hathor. Since then, the pair have produced young each spring.

Annually, after the couple's offspring have hatched and are a few weeks old, Macomb County holds a ceremony where each baby bird is banded by representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Detroit Zoo. They are then named by the Macomb County executive. The banding ceremony is important because in Michigan, peregrines are listed as an endangered species under state law. The peregrine remains protected federally under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

In total, the nest has produced 53 eggs and 26 chicks.

Successful nests by Hathor and Nick in Macomb County include:

  • 2016: Grace (f) (deceased at 42 days old after flying into glass on parking garage next to Circuit Court)
  • 2015: Peace (m), Aggie (m) and COMTEC II (m)
  • 2014: Hero (f), COMTEC (f) (d), Jo (f) and Max (m)
  • 2013: Oakland (m) and Wayne (m) (plus one deceased before banding day)
  • 2012: Webber (m) and Otis (m)
  • 2011: Diana (f), Edna (f) and Rosie (f)
  • 2010: Harwell (m), Martha (f) and Packard (m)
  • 2009: Cass (f), Tucker (f) and Wetzel (m)
  • 2008: Clair (f), Clementine (f) and Lenny (m) 

Prior to 2008, Hathor had another mate, Horus, and the pair tried to produce a few nests without success:

  • 2007: Nest failure
  • 2006: Nest failure
  • 2005: Alexa (f) (deceased at 45 days – hit by car in street below building)

Revised January 2017


Keeping up with the peregrines
By: Macomb County Planning and Economic Development
loris lick em up
The peregrine pair have nested on the roof of the Old Macomb County Building for nearly 10 years. In that time, they’ve successfully hatched 25 offspring together—an incredible feat in helping to rebuild the once-endangered species’ population.