The Falcon Cam: A bird’s eye view!
Welcome to the 2015 DNREC Peregrine Falcon Webcam – featuring resident peregrines Red Girl and her mate, Trinity, as they go about raising their second brood together this spring in Delaware!
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Streaming video from the 19th floor of the Brandywine Building in downtown Wilmington, the Falcon Cam follows the flight and fate of this pair and their offspring.
Peregrine Falcons, once a federally endangered species, have been using a nest box, provided by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on the Brandywine Building since 1992. In the past decade, this site has been home to some of Delaware’s most successful falcons, often producing three or more eyasses (baby falcons) each year. The Falcon Cam comes to you through DNREC and project partners, the Delmarva Ornithological Society and DuPont’s Clear Into The Future Program with support from Citibank and others, projecting what's sure to be another exciting season in the skies of Wilmington.
June 1 – The last few days have been very exciting for the young peregrines! All birds fledged by May 28 and they have been working on building up their flying skills all weekend with short flights. Soon, they will begin more advanced aerial acrobatics as the adults conduct food drops in mid-air.
May 26 – So far none of the four chicks have fledged, but all have been exercising their wings these past couple of days and are expected to make their first attempts at flight any day now.
May 8 – US Fish & Wildlife raptor biologist Craig Koppie affixes a colored identification band and a silver federal bands to the legs of each falcon chick. The silver band is covered with colored tape to help quickly identify each chick when they being to fledge. At this time, Koppie already is able to determine the sex of each chick – this Red Girl and Trinity have produced two boys (green and yellow tape) and two girls (red and blue tape).
April 30 – With over a week having passed since the hatching of egg #4, it's is safe to say that Red Girl and Trinity's fifth egg will not hatch. All four chicks appear to be in good health. We should start to see some interaction between the chicks as they move around the box to investigate their first home!
April 21 – Egg #4 hatched late yesterday afternoon! Now the anticipation for what will happen with egg #5 - as five eyeasses (falcon chicks) would be an extraordinarily large production for a mating peregrine pair.
April 20 – Lots of excitement occurred over the weekend! Two chicks hatched sometime between Friday night and early Saturday morning, and a third hatched around 4 p.m. Saturday. We are still waiting on egg #4 and #5, but Trinity and Red Girl are busy feeding their eyasses (falcon chicks).
April 17 – Hatching is expected to begin any day now! Yesterday, Red Girl and Trinity were fidgety on the eggs, possibly because they could feel some of the eggs moving as they are getting ready to hatch.
March 17 – Red Girl lays a fifth egg sometime after dark! Although it has been documented that Peregrines can produce up to seven eggs, it is rare to see them producing more than five. We can now expect to see an adult in the box most of the time, although activity levels will be low because full-time incubation has begun. Falcon eggs typically start hatching 33-35 days after full-time incubation, which ratchets up the anticipation level for April 16-18!
March 14 – Holding true to her production from past seasons, Red Girl lays her fourth egg around 5:15 pm. Now we watch to see if full-time incubation begins, or if a fifth egg may yet appear.
March12 – Around 8:30 am, a third egg is produced.
March 9-10 – Under the cover of darkness, Red Girl lays her second egg.
March 3 – The first egg appears in the nest box, four days later than the first egg in 2014! We can expect more eggs to be laid about every other day over the next week.
January and February – Both resident adults, Red Girl and Trinity, are seen in the nest box making scrapes and courting. As March approaches, activity in the box pickes up as the pair prepare for the first egg of 2015!
DNREC's Falcon Cam is made possible in conjunction with sponsors DuPont’s Clear into the Future program and the Delmarva Ornithological Society, among others.