GREAT RIVER ENERGY
About the Birdcam
Great River Energy's Elk River Energy Recovery Station is a perfect site for a nesting box because it is located in a peregrine falcon migratory flyway. The site, beside the Mississippi River, is also a draw because the birds prefer to nest in high locations near water. In recent history, power plants have had the best peregrine production rates in the Midwest.
The young peregrine falcons have safely fledged from the nest box. We are proud to report that over the past seven years, 21 young peregrine falcons have fledged from this nesting box! With the protection and guidance of the adult falcons, this year’s eyasses should remain in the area until this fall, when they migrate.
The two eyasses were banded on June 20 by Amy Ries of the Decorah, Iowa-based Raptor Resource Project. The eyasses were brought to the ground, examined for health and sex, and had aluminum identification bands attached to their talons. The band numbers will be recorded in the Midwest Peregrine Database so they can be tracked in the future. Along with receiving bands, the birds were named by 2nd grade students and a 4-H group who attended the banding. A female was named Patricia (band B/90) and a male was named Lucky (band 92/N).
The eyasses are healthy and their adult feathers are growing rapidly. We expect the young birds to begin fledging from the nest during the second week of July.
The two eyasses appear to be doing well! On Thursday, June 20th the two young birds will be temporarily removed from the nest box to be banded. Please don’t be alarmed if you notice they’ve disappeared from the box. We’ll keep you posted regarding their stats, names, etc. Thanks for watching!
Egg number two has hatched!
One egg has hatched!
Mary Ellen and Sawatzke are diligently incubating and protecting their eggs. We expect their eggs to begin hatching on Wednesday, May 29. Stay tuned!
Egg #3 has arrived!
It pays to be patient… Mary Ellen has laid two eggs. Thanks for watching!
No April Fool here – we have falcons in the nest box! A male and a female appear to be settling in. The male is named Sawatzke, band H/34 black/green, he hatched in 2009 at a power plant in Monticello, Minn. and nested in this box last year. The female is named Mary Ellen, band 11/X black/red, she hatched in 2012 at Queens Bluff.
Let the egg watch begin! We expect them to arrive the week of April 15th.
A note for our Birdcam viewers: This is live video of wild birds in the natural process of raising their young. Great River Energy will not, nor do we condone, any interference with this nest while it is occupied. However, we do work with the Raptor Resource Project to band any young peregrines at the appropriate time.