Peregrine falcons have been successfully nesting in the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant since 2004. A nesting box was mounted on the chimney of the thermal power plant especially for this purpose. Over 30 chicks have hatched since then.
This year, the pair of peregrine falcons had triplets. The two young females and a male were christened Savannah, Svea and Sirius. The little bundles of fluff weigh in at an average of 450 grams and are in excellent health. From a height of around 40 meters, conservationists from the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) brought the young falcons down from their nest with the help of the plant fire department. The chicks were weighed, measured and ringed. Then the falcons were able to return to the parental nest.
"Tagging the birds allows us to track scientific aspects such as migratory behavior, settlement and relocation as well as the habitats chosen by the birds themselves," says Michael Bratenberg of SEC/SUMS Technical Environmental Protection. The color of the rings indicates where the chicks hatched – these so-called "plant chicks" have gold rings. These indicate the nesting box on the chimney of the thermal power plant. One ring is marked with the telephone number of the bird protection center, and the second ring allows the falcons to be identified at all times.