Are the same pair of peregrine falcons nesting on the webcam in St. Paul?
Q: I understand two peregrine falcons have returned to a nest box on top of the Bremer Bank Building in St. Paul. Is this the same pair that was there last year?
A: Yes, this is the same pair that has been at this box for the last nine years. The male was fledged 18 years ago from a nest near the Minnesota River. His partner is 10 years old and was fledged from a box at the high bridge in St. Paul. This will be their ninth family together, and will add to the 24 chicks they have successfully raised.
This pair is significant because they do not migrate south during the winter in order to maintain this territory. Because of remaining during the winter, the male has lost four of his eight talons to frost bite. This does not seem to hinder his hunting and providing for his family.
Donations to the Nongame Wildlife Checkoff have paid for a live camera inside the box, so now the public can watch them lay their eggs and raise their young in real time at www.dnr.state.mn.us/features/webcams/peregrine.html.
--Lori Naumann, information officer, DNR Nongame Wildlife Program