AGCW FalconCam

MARCH 6, 2024

We’re back for the 2024 season.

Check-out the info below, as well as the live-video feed from our viewer-controllable camera, further down the page.

LATEST UPDATES….

June 10, 2024   Apologies, folks — there are three — not two — chicks in the nest — it’s a bit hard to tell when they huddle together in a single fuzzy pile. They’ll be visited on Thursday June 13th to be tagged… we hope the parents don’t get too upset.
May 29, 2024   Well the truth is revealed — there are two chicks in the nest, just like last year; earlier reports of five eggs were a bit inaccurate. The two chicks appear to be healthy and doing well. We’ll be watching them grow over the coming weeks. Click here for a set of photos from today, showing the chicks alone in the nest, then mom arriving with lunch, and the kids digging in.
April 29, 2024   FalconCam viewers have reported seeing five eggs in the nest in a few rare moments when an adult falcon isn’t sitting atop, keeping them warm. Keep your eyes open! We’re hoping for a brood of healthy hatchlings sometime in May.
April 15, 2024   After a few weeks of egg #1 all by itself, a second egg appeared in the nest over the weekend. More to come? It’s possible… we’ll be keeping an eye on it. Either way, today, for the first time, we’ve seen Mama Peregrine sitting on her eggs. Hoping for two healthy chicks!
March 22, 2024   We have an egg! More are expected, but we’ll have to wait and see. Adult Peregrines won’t inhabit the nest full-time until all this season’s eggs have been laid.
March 6, 2024   The AGCW FalconCam is now active for our second season. As of today, no eggs have appeared. Last year, the first egg was laid on April 5, and two eggs were successful in hatching on May 18. We’ve heard that four eggs have already appeared in another downtown Seattle nest that’s being monitored at 1201 Third Avenue.
The adult falcons, of course, will not permanently occupy this nesting box until eggs are laid. Until then, you’ll see one or both parents dropping in here and there to visit the nestbox, seeming to know that big changes are coming soon…
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Background  These are Peregrine falcons, which began nesting again in Seattle in 1994, slowly returning from near extinction due to the effects of DDT. The first-known Seattle nest was at 1201 Third Avenue (formerly the WAMU building).
Peregrines have nested in the city since then (4-6 nests a year), but it wasn’t until 28 years later that a pair showed interest in nesting on a second Seattle building: the AGC of Washington building in the South Lake Union area.
In 2022, AGC, in partnership with Urban Raptor Conservancy, hosted the nest box you see here, behind a balcony on the building’s tenth floor, and the Peregrines did the rest. Tenth-floor tenants GMMB were marvelous stewards of the nest box outside their window, providing the Peregrines with privacy during nesting. In return, GMMB had the unique opportunity to witness the entire Peregrine breeding season — from egg-laying to fledgling.
Peregrines like to nest over water, and urban youngsters often drown before they can fly. In the summer of 2022, Urban Raptor Conservancy’s “Peregrine Navy” kept a kayak vigil for over two weeks to watch for fledglings in the water at busy South Lake Union. In July, three strong youngsters were the first Peregrines to fledge from the AGC building.

FALCON FACTS…

– Peregrine falcons are the fastest animal species
   on the planet.
– They hunt by power-diving from great heights
    to strike their prey, reaching speeds of well over
    200 mph.
– They became almost extinct, worldwide, in the
    mid-20th century, due to use of DDT and other
    pesticides.
For many years, the Urban Raptor Conservancy
has monitored Peregrine falcons and Cooper’s hawks
in the Seattle area. Please email information
on any local Peregrine sightings here.

LIVE VIDEO FEED

Click the arrow in the center of the image below, then use the controls in the lower-right corner of the screen to take a snapshot, zoom in/out, enlarge to full screen and more. (Zoom-in/out can also be controlled via your mouse wheel while pressing the Control key.)  Enjoy!