Peregrine falcon birdcam

Sora and Hurley during their banding process in May 2017.

Great River Energy hosts a peregrine falcon nesting box atop Elk River Energy Recovery Station. This is a perfect site for a nesting box because it is located in a peregrine falcon migratory flyway. The site, beside the Mississippi River, is also a draw because the birds prefer to nest in high locations near water.

During the spring and early summer months we broadcast the falcon’s activity via a Peregrine Falcon Birdcam to share the bird’s nesting season.

The birdcam is currently off as the young falcons have fledged from the nest box. 

Since 2007, 30 peregrine falcons have fledged from Elk River Energy Recovery Station.

2017 season:

  • The same pair of peregrine falcons from the past few years returned to the nest box in mid-February
  • Female falcon: Mary Ellen 11/X
  • Male falcon: Brooklyn 65/M
  • Five eggs were produced in late March and early April
  • Two eggs hatched in mid May
  • The young peregrine falcons were banded in late May by the Raptor Resource Project. The two eyasses are both female and appeared to be healthy. They were given the names Sora and Hurley.