The Falcon Cam: A bird’s eye view!
Welcome to the 2016 DNREC Peregrine Falcon Webcam – featuring resident peregrines Red Girl and her mate, Trinity, as they go about raising their third brood together this spring in Delaware!
Please click here to visit the live feed of the Falcon Cam
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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. Over the past decade, this site has been home to some of Delaware’s most successful falcons, often producing three or more eyasses (falcon chicks) each year. The Falcon Cam comes to you through DNREC and project partners, the Delmarva Ornithological Society, Pepco Holdings/Delmarva Power, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Wild Birds Unlimited (Hockessin), Citigroup, Inc., and Buccini-Pollin Group, projecting what's sure to be another exciting season in the skies of Wilmington.
In 2016, the Falcon Cam received an upgrade as a result of contributions for project partners and the public. This year features higher quality video from TWO angles and sound! Don’t miss all of the action and check in frequently! We are proud to bring you an enhanced viewing experience that you can share through the webcam’s live stream found at http://www.dosbirds.org/committees/conservation/wilmington-peregrine-falconwatch/!
April 18 – Sometime overnight, the fourth egg hatches. One egg remains and time will tell if our Wilmington birds will be caring for another mouth. While this pair has been productive over the years, it is not unusual for one or more eggs not to hatch when clutches of four or more are laid.
April 17 – Egg #2 hatches and pips are observed in two more eggs! Things are happening quickly now as Trinity begins the hard work of acquiring enough food for hungry mouths shortly after the chicks hatch. Later in the day, egg #3 hatches and Red Girl is observed feeding the little ones.
April 16 – The first of the peregrine pair's five eggs hatches. The hatch occurred early in the morning. By later in the afternoon, a pip (small hole) was seen in a second egg, announcing another arrival soon. To add to the drama, the intruding falcon returned but was quickly driven away by Red Girl. While Red Girl was in protective mode, Trinity had his first opportunity to bond with the newly hatched chicks.
March 16 – An intruding falcon visits Red Girl and Trinity’s territory and was promptly escorted out of the area. Rogue falcons can show up any time and occasionally will try to take over an established territory by displacing one of the adults. Not the case on this occasion and all activity returned to normal on March 17.
March 13 – 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 8-11!
March 11 – Holding true to her production from past seasons, Red Girl lays her fourth egg. Now we watch to see if full-time incubation begins, or if a fifth egg may yet appear.
March 9 – Red Girl lays her third egg. A typical clutch is 3-4 eggs, but if the past is any indication we can expect four to five from this pair.
March 7 – Egg number two is seen for the first time.
March 4 – We have our first egg for 2016! It comes one day later than in 2015, but it is a leap year. 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 picks up as the pair prepare for the first egg of 2016!
DNREC's Falcon Cam is made possible by the Delmarva Ornithological Society. Special thanks to Kim Steininger for peregrine falcon photography.