Falcons return: Egg watch is on!

Great River Energy’s long-term falcon residents returned to the nest box this year and produced four eggs expected to hatch the week of April 26.

Great River Energy’s long-term peregrine falcon residents have returned to the Elk River, Minnesota, nest box. Brooklyn, the male, has returned for a seventh year and Breezy, the female, has returned for a fourth year. The pair produced four eggs between March 23 and March 29. The eggs are expected to hatch the week of April 26.

You can watch the action on Great River Energy’s peregrine falcon cam: greatriverenergy.com/birdcam

With the help of an Eagle Scout and the Raptor Resource Project, Great River Energy first installed the nesting box in 2006 atop Elk River Energy Recovery Station. Since then, 42 young falcons have fledged from the Elk River location. A few of those falcons have been spotted around Minnesota.

The nest box was relocated in early 2020 to a platform above Great River Energy’s native prairie on the Elk River campus.