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May 18th Update

This year’s first egg was laid on April 9.  There are four eggs in the nest box and should begin hatching the week of May 15.  The first pip was noticed on May 18, and should result in four chicks by May 22.  The pair will both continue to take part in nesting responsibilities, both hunting for birds to bring to the box and feed to the chicks.  They grow very quickly and will be banded by the time they are about 21 days.

The bands numbers on the adult birds legs have identified the female at this box as “Arcadia”, she is a 2013 fledge from the St. Cloud prison nest box.  The male is “Tom” – a 2015 fledge from MSP Airport.

 

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Note: This is live video of wild birds in the natural process of raising their young. Life and death struggles occur all the time in the natural world. DNR staff will monitor this camera and will evaluate incidents as they occur, but we do not plan to, nor do we condone, any interference with this nest or its occupants.

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Falcon Photo Gallery

 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Nongame Wildlife Program is broadcasting a Web streaming video of peregrine falcons nesting on the top of the Bremer Bank Building in downtown St. Paul. With the help of the Town Square merchants as well as the Midwest Peregrine Society, The Nongame Program is able to provide this unique opportunity to watch peregrines raise their young in an urban setting.

In 1987, a nesting box was placed on the east side of the building and was first used by a pair of falcons in 1988. Several pairs of falcons have chosen this site as their home, producing 65 chicks through 2012. Last year was the 9th year that the pair "Jill" and "Sota" had occupied the box. Sota hatched in 1994 and had been nesting since 1998. Despite missing two toes on each foot (probably due to frostbite), and being 17 years old, Sota had been able to provide enough food for himself, all of his offspring and his mate during incubation and early brooding of chicks. Unfortunately, Sota has not been seen this season. Jill has returned and has a new mate and they have begun laying eggs. After about a 35-day incubation period, the chicks should hatch close to Memorial Day weekend.

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The DNR Nongame Wildlife Program extends thanks to its partners in this webcam adventure: The Midwest Peregrine Society, Sentinel Properties and the Town Square building tenants.