No, the warblers and grosbeaks haven’t arrived yet — at least not here in southeastern Wisconsin — but spring is in full swing, and we’ve gathered five webcam pictures to prove it. They show Peregrine Falcons that are already sitting on eggs in Evanston, Bowling Green, Baltimore, Omaha, and Milwaukee. (Click on each photo to view the live stream.)
The photo above shows the box on the roof of the high-rise Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. The photo was taken recently, on March 29, the day before the bird laid its fourth egg. Falcons produced four eggs at UWM last year, too, between April 1 and April 7, and all four fledged. The last chick left the nest on June 20. You can look in on this year’s nest here.
Evanston Public Library, Evanston, Illinois
This beautiful Peregrine, photographed on April 6, is watching over five eggs in a nest on the Evanston Public Library, on Orrington Avenue in Evanston, north of Chicago. This is the 13th year in a row that Peregrines have nested at the library. Nona, the female member of the current pair, laid four eggs between March 30 and April 7 last year. The chicks hatched between May 8 and May 10. You can watch this year’s nest here. And check out the Evanston Peregrine Falcon Watch Group, a great source for news and observations of the Evanston falcons.
Wood County Courthouse, Bowling Green, Ohio
Peregrine Falcons are nesting in the 195-foot-tall clock tower of the Wood County Courthouse, in Bowling Green, Ohio, for the sixth year in a row. The photo above was snapped by the BGSU Falcon Cam, a partnership between the Wood County Commissioners and Bowling Green State University. Fun facts: The Peregrine Falcon is BGSU’s official mascot, and the clock tower is still in use. It chimes every hour. You can look in on Bowling Green’s falcons here.
Transamerica Building, Baltimore, Maryland
Boh and Barb already have four eggs in a nest on the 33rd floor of the Transamerica Building, at 100 Light Street near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a nesting site of long standing. Peregrine Falcons have nested on the ledge for over 35 years. In 2015, the pair raised three eyases, nicknamed Cade, Koppie, and Burnsie. You can watch this year’s falcons on the Chesapeake Conservancy’s excellent webcam.
WoodmenLife Tower, Omaha, Nebraska
For many years, the 30-story WoodmenLife Tower was the tallest skyscraper in Omaha, Nebraska. Peregrines have nested on it since 1988, hatching more than 50 falcon chicks. The bird above was sitting on two eggs when it was photographed in April 6. The first was laid on Easter at approximately 4 a.m., the second came on March 29 between 8 and 10 a.m., and fingers are crossed for a few more. You can watch the nest here.
Tell us about your Peregrines
We’re eager to learn about additional Peregrine Falcon nest sites, and especially those with a webcam. If you know of an active nest, please tell us about it. Leave a comment below, or send an email to [email protected].
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