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1 Richmond falcon chick dies, another missing

Thursday - 6/27/2013, 9:00am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- One of Richmond's downtown peregrine falcon chicks is dead and the other one is missing.

Biologist Sergio Harding with the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the missing chick likely is also dead.

Harding tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1ahx9hs ) that the parents probably removed the missing chick's body from their nest.

He says mid-90s heat on Tuesday is believed to be a factor. But he says it's puzzling because chicks have survived in previous hot summers.

Biologists found the dead 2-week-old chick while checking the nest Wednesday.

The parents, named Ozzie and Harriet, have nested in downtown Richmond since 2003. Their nest is located on a 21st-story walkway at Riverfront Plaza by the James River.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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