- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - A new pair of peregrine falcons has made the 27-story W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts home.

A different pair had nested atop the library in Amherst for 12 years and raised 34 chicks along the way, their exploits captured on a webcam viewed by hundreds of thousands. But the male died in January after being found injured in a snowbank.

The female never returned and experts speculate she died too.

The new pair, along with an egg, was spotted Monday.

Richard Nathhorst, facilities coordinator at UMass, who mounts the camera, tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette (http://bit.ly/1GkC3KG ) the arrival of the birds “raises everyone’s spirits.”

Tom French, assistant director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, estimates the new birds are 2 or 3 years old.

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Online: UMass falcon webcam, http://webdevvirt.ddns.umass.edu/falcons

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Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

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