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A 20-day-old peregrine falcon named Alice waits to be banded at the Smiley water tower site in Grand Forks on Thursday. photo by Eric Hylden

Experts band three peregrine falcon chicks hatched on Smiley tower

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Grand Forks, meet Alice, Ethel and Smiley.

Three peregrine falcon chicks that hatched in a nest box high atop the Smiley water tower along South Washington Street had their coming out party, of sorts, Thursday afternoon when experts from the Minnesota Audubon Society and the Minnesota Zoo banded the birds.

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The chicks, two females and a male, are about three weeks old and can't yet fly.

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