Ambassador Bridge baby falcon leaves the nest

It was a big day for a family of peregrine falcons living under the Ambassador Bridge Thursday, as one of the falcons left the nest.
A peregrine falcon leaves the nest at the Ambassador Bridge (Steve Atkins/Provided )

It was a big day for a family of peregrine falcons living under the Ambassador Bridge  as one of the baby falcons left the nest Thursday.

Though the bird didn't manage to stay in the air for long, Denis Dupuis, a volunteer with the Canadian Peregrine Foundation, said it's a big step in the bird's development. After landing on the ground, the bird was tagged and helped back into its nest.

At first, volunteers believed the other baby falcon was lost, but it was still in the nest.

Dupuis said the baby birds have lost all their down feathers and should be flying within a week.

(Steve Atkins/Provided )