Seattle Peregrines Nesting at the Washington Mutual Tower
Peregrine Falcons first nested in downtown Seattle in 1994 on the Washington Mutual Tower. They used a nest box provided by the Falcon Research Group in cooperation with the building managers, Wright-Runstad. The nest box is located on a ledge high on the east side of the building (56th floor), and can be viewed from several adjacent buildings in the downtown area.
The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is perhaps the most widely distributed bird on earth. It occurs on every continent (with the exception of Antarctica) and many isolated oceanic islands. Because of this broad distribution and subsequent isolation, 17-19 distinctive subspecies or “races” have evolved over time. Despite their name, which means “wanderer”, the majority of peregrine subspecies are sedentary, remaining at or near their breeding sites throughout the year.