What do you name one of nature's fiercest birds of prey?
For the eighth consecutive year, peregrine falcons have nested atop the Macomb County Building in Mount Clemens and today, with the help of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the birds will be named and tagged.
County Executive Mark Hackel will announce the names later this morning, but we wanted to hear your name suggestions first for these newest Macomb County residents.
Write your suggestions in the comments below and we'll pass them along to the county for consideration next year.
- The name "peregrine" means wanderer. This falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird, traveling up to 15,500 miles a year.
- People have trained falcons for hunting for over a thousand years, and the peregrine falcon was always one of the most prized birds.
- One of the fastest birds on earth, peregrines average 25-34 mph in traveling flight, and reach speeds up to 69 mph in direct pursuit of prey. It may pass 200 mph during its aerial dives.
- Peregrines are on the Michigan endangered species list and the national list of protected species.
- Also known as the duck hawk
For more information, visit the All About Birds website.