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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.

Great River Energy's Birdcam will return mid-March, just in time for a new pair of peregrines to call our nest box home.

Birdcam news

July 25, 2014

The young peregrine falcons have left the area ending our 2014 peregrine falcon season. Including the three falcons hatched this year, 24 eyasses have fledged from the Great River Energy nest box. We expect the falcons to return to the nest box in March 2015. The Birdcam will return at the first falcon sighting. Thank you for watching!

June 23, 2014

The eyasses are beginning to fledge and will be in and out of the box from now on. We will do our best to keep the camera on the action. The falcons generally return to the nest box during the evening hours. The adult falcons continue to supplement the eyasses’ food supply.

June 6, 2014

Amy Reis with the Raptor Resource Center was onsite today to band the three young eyasses. There are two females and one male. Names: Andee (f), Bullet (f) and Meeker (m). All three appear to be healthy. Thanks for watching!

Visit Great River Energy’s Facebook page to see a few photos and a video of the banding: facebook.com/grenergy

May 20, 2014

We’re happy to announce that four eyasses hatched this past weekend. Sadly, one of the eyasses was found dead outside/below the nest box. We reviewed the birdcam footage and discovered that early on May 18 Mary Ellen was on alert and quickly left, and returned to, the nest box three times. We suspect this action was in possible defense of an owl. Mary Ellen knocked one of the eyasses out of the nest box during this activity. The three remaining eyasses are safe inside the nest box.

April 16, 2014

Egg #4 arrived sometime overnight!

April 13, 2014

Egg #3 appeared at 12:25 p.m.

April 11, 2014

Egg #2 appeared at 8:00 a.m.

April 9, 2014

Mary Ellen laid an egg at 6:50 a.m.

April 1, 2014

Sawatzke H/34, the male falcon from last year, has returned!

Mid-March 2014

We’ve had a few peregrine falcon sightings in recent days! The female falcon that was with us in 2013 – Mary Ellen 11/X – was spotted in the nesting box. Stay tuned and have fun watching.

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.

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