The Falcon Cam: A bird’s eye view!
Welcome to the 2014 DNREC Peregrine Falcon Webcam – featuring resident peregrines Red Girl and her new mate, Trinity," as they go about raising their first 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.
March 15 – To the amazement of Falcon Cam viewers, Red Girl lays a sixth egg sometime in the early morning! While Peregrines have been documented to lay up to seven eggs, anytime a pair produces more than five is a very rare mating event.
March 12 – Red Girl does not disappoint and lays a fifth egg at about 10:20 a.m. - quite a clutch for a Peregrine pair, particularly for their first mating. Full-time incubation has begun and, with some luck, we will see the first egg hatching in early April.
March 10 – Holding true to past seasons, Red Girl lays her fourth egg. Now we watch to see if full-time incubation begins or if a fifth egg has yet to appear.
March 08 – Sometime in the early morning, under the cover of darkness, a third egg is produced. Remember, it was this date in 2013 when the first egg was seen.
March 05 – Red Girl lays the second egg in midafternoon.
March 03 – The first egg appears in the nest box, five days earlier than the first egg in 2013! We can expect more eggs to be laid about every other day over the next week.
January and February – This season, the DNREC Falcon Cam welcomes Red Girl’s new mate Trinity. Under unknown circumstances, her former mate, CJ, disappeared last year and his fate is also unknown. However, in the world of Peregrine falcons, a new male quickly arrived on the scene and was accepted by Red Girl. Both resident adults, Red Girl and Trinity, are seen in the nest box making scrapes and courting. As March approached, activity in the box picked up as the pair prepared for the first egg of 2014!
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.