Kansas City Falcon Web Camera
The falcons have left the nest. We hope they use the nest box again next year. Check back in March 2014 for the camera display.
July 8, 2013 – A falcon nest postscript: One of the young falcons took the hop off the ledge but did not fly. Instead, as young falcons sometimes do, it glided downward and was found alive on the sidewalk near Commerce Tower. Joe DeBold, MDC wildlife biologist, took the fledgling falcon to Lakeside Nature Center for observation. He was able to put leg bands on the bird for future identification purposes. Joe named the falcon Anita, in honor of Conservation Commissioner emeritus Anita Gorman of Kansas City. The falcon was released atop Commerce Tower on July 5, and this time, it flew safely away. All three young falcons have now fledged.
July 3 - It appears the young falcons have taken their first flight. The young falcons will now spend their time mastering flying skills around Downtown buildings. Their parents will also be teaching them to hunt for their food. Two of the young birds were seen just yesterday afternoon testing their wings by flapping and stretching them and making short, low, three-foot flights across the ledge. These juvenile birds may stay in the metro area through winter depending on the weather. Chicks hatched and fledged in past years at this nest were observed frequenting buildings on the north side of the Missouri River before finally heading off in search of their own territory.
Thank you for taking this journey with us uncovering the day-to-day lives of the Kansas City peregrine falcons. Please return next spring to see what happens when our adult falcons return to raise another group of chicks at this nest, the most successful peregrine falcon restoration site in Missouri.
June 24, 2013 – Our young falcons are mobile. They sometimes are in the nest box. But at other times, they climb out of the box and wander over the ledge the nest box rests upon. The camera focus is pulled back so most of the ledge is visible. We’re missing the close views of the chicks. But otherwise, they would move out of camera sight and rarely be seen. They’re easier to notice when they are moving about, as at rest, their colors blend in with the box and ledge.
June 12, 2013 - The falcons are growing surprisingly fast. They’re starting to peek out of the nest box at the world beyond. They used to huddle together until the parents arrived with food. Now, with warm weather and more strength, they’re moving around the nest independently.
June 3, 2013 – The three chicks are already showing some growth. Now and then, one of the adults swoops into the nest with prey such as a small bird. The parent then pulls meat off with their beak and feeds it to chicks that are crowding forward anxiously for the next bite. Warm and sunny weather to start the week is probably a welcome change for the falcons. During last week’s heavy rains, it was touching to see a parent with soaked feathers hovering over and sheltering the young.
May 28, 2013 – At least three chicks are stirring in the nest, so the eggs have hatched. They’ve been bunched together in a clump when visible, so we do not know for sure if there are three or four chicks. The female was incubating four eggs. Now, she often shelters the chicks with her body. But when she steps away they can be seen moving.
May 23, 2013 - Looks like the eggs are starting to hatch. This afternoon we caught a glimpse of the first chick breaking out of its egg.
April 29, 2013 - We have been observing unusual peregrine falcon nest behavior at the Commerce Tower nest box. We believe that a new male falcon has arrived on site taking the place of the previous male bird from last year. At this point, the male has not been displaying the typical behavior of incubating the eggs while the female is gone which lends itself to the new male theory. We are unsure if this is a young inexperienced male that mated with the female or if it is a new male that took over the territory after the eggs were laid and now has no claim to them. This is simply another chapter in nature’s story. It is unknown at this point whether the eggs will hatch or not. MDC will continue to provide the webcam for educational purposes and viewing opportunity for all.
The peregrine falcon nesting box located atop the Commerce Tower is a partnership between MDC and NAI Capital Realty. The Commerce Tower remains the exact location in which MDC originally began releasing peregrine falcons in 1991. A total of 24 falcon chicks were released during the summers of 1991 and 1992. Since then, the Commerce Tower has remained a preferred nesting location of the peregrine falcons.
This camera uses Windows Media Streaming technology. You must allow your web browser to run the Windows Media plugin to view the video stream. Unfortunately this video stream can not be viewed in an iPhone/iPad web browser. To view on an iPhone/iPad download the free application, Streamer, from ZodTTD. Once installed a user can create a bookmark in the app to http://streaming.more.net/mdc to view the KC falcon camera on an iOS device.