PORT HURON (WWJ/AP) – There’s no hard evidence just yet, but maintenance crews at the Blue Water Bridge think new peregrine falcon chicks may have taken up residence at the span.

Maintenance supervisor Bill Fockler says a female peregrine falcon named “Tonga” has been spending most of her time in the nesting box at the bridge.

Tonga has called the bridge home for several years.

Fockler told the Times Herald the falcon is resting with her wings spread, as if she’s covering chicks.

“It’s too early to say how many are there, but we believe there are some there. We’re just going by her actions and her behaviors,” he said.

Fockler said workers have avoided closer examination because they don’t want to upset the maybe-new-mommy.

Peregrine falcons are an endangered species in Michigan. They’re the size of a crow, prey almost exclusively on other birds and typically nest on cliff faces or tall structures such as bridges and buildings.

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