May 3, 2021 update:

All four eggs have hatched!

March 2021 update

Our long-term falcon residents have returned to the Elk River nest box. Brooklyn, the male, has returned for a 7th year and Breezy, the female, has returned for a 4th year. The pair produced four eggs between March 23 and March 29. They are now in the incubation phase.

Great River Energy’s Elk River nesting box falcons

Great River Energy hosts a peregrine falcon nesting box on its Elk River, Minn. campus. 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.

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

In early 2020, Great River Energy successfully relocated the nesting box. Read more about the move and the 2020 nesting season


A note for our birdcam viewers:

This is live video of wild birds in the natural process of raising their young. Great River Energy will not, nor do we condone, any interference with this nest while it is occupied. However, we do work with the Raptor Resource Project to band any young peregrines at the appropriate time.