Richmond Falcon Cam

Internet service to the Falcon Cam provided courtesy of Comcast Business.

Welcome to the DGIF Falcon Cam!

The DGIF Falcon cam follows the breeding season of a Peregrine Falcon pair that nests in downtown Richmond, Virginia. The nest box is located atop the Riverfront Plaza building. If you are in the area, look up! You may catch a glimpse of the famous birds! We hope each year that the pair will once again choose to nest at this site, so that our camera may provide an educational experience for all to enjoy.

The Falcon Cam is turned on only during the falcons' breeding season, starting on March 1.

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the Richmond falcons.

For more information on Peregrine Falcons and their populations in Virginia, please visit our Peregrine Falcon Information Page.

Nest Updates

Another New Female in Town!

Yet another new female falcon has been spotted at the Falcon Cam nest box! The new female was first observed on camera yesterday afternoon at 3:25 pm and she is

The new banded female.

banded. Her black and green bands read 70/AV. A report from the Center for Conservation Biology shows this bird was banded May 22, 2014 at Silver Beach Range Tower in Northampton County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, which is 81 miles to the east of this nest box. This female was banded as a chick, so she is nearly three years old.

When she appeared on camera, the new banded female joined the male in the nest box and engaged in courtship behavior with him, in the form of head bows. Later, just past 4:00 pm, the new banded female reappeared on camera and was observed standing in the scrapes (bowl-shaped depressions in the gravel, which form a nest) and maintaining them. These behaviors suggest that this new banded female is now paired with the male and has replaced the unbanded, buffy female who had been previously observed as paired with the male so far this season.

The unbanded, buffy female was last seen on camera Saturday, March 25th at 7:00 pm; the pair was observed mating at that time.  She was not observed on camera yesterday.

We look forward to seeing how this very interesting breeding season continues to unfold.

New banded female, standing in a scrape inside the nest box.

 

New banded female standing upon the parapet of the building ledge, just outside of the nest box.

Nesting Season Begins with New Partners and New Female Falcon

Welcome to Falcon Cam 2017! We are glad to be up and running thanks to our new partner Comcast Business whose support makes this camera possible.  Thanks also to Virginia Tourism for their previous hosting of the camera 2006 – 2016.  Without partners like Comcast Business and Virginia Tourism we would not be able to broadcast the falcon camera to the public.  (more…)

2016 Nesting Season Concluded; Cam Offline until Next Year

We thank you for following Richmond’s falcon pair this year.  Given that the pair’s nesting cycle has concluded (although not with the hoped for outcome), the camera is now offline for the season.  We look forward to coming back online early next year as courtship and breeding resume anew, and hope for a better future nesting outcome. In the meantime, we will continue monitoring the pair and will post any news should there be signs that they will re-nest this year.

Remaining Eggs Retrieved

At ~9:55 am this morning, we accessed the ledge with the nest box and collected the remaining three eggs.  All three are intact with no visible cracks.  They will be sent to a lab for contaminant testing later in the year.

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Expected Hatch Date Window Has Passed

As you may have noticed, the cam stream is experiencing technical difficulties. The streaming service is working on the issue and hopes to have it resolved in the near future. We apologize for the inconvenience. Despite the streaming issue, we are still able to monitor the falcons through the camera directly. (more…)

Hatching Could Occur Any Day Now

We’ve been observing the falcon cam closely over the last few days for signs of egg hatching. Nothing to report yet, but we did want to share a few photos of the adults with their clutch. In the meantime, we will continue to watch the cam carefully and report any news of hatching as we observe it.  (more…)

Four-egg Clutch Confirmed!

We’ve been able to confirm that the pair has four eggs in their clutch! See the video below for the moment that the four eggs were first observed. In the footage, the fourth egg is visible around the 42-second mark, during which the female momentarily pushes it just barely into view with her foot as she approaches the other 3 eggs sitting in plain sight. Later in the evening, we received better views of the four-egg clutch. (more…)

Three Eggs Confirmed!

We are finally able to confirm that there are at least three eggs in this year’s clutch! In the video below, three distinct eggs are visible as the female Peregrine Falcon shifts her incubating position.  (more…)

Incubation Has Begun

The number of eggs in the clutch remains uncertain, but all laying should be completed by now. We know that the female laid at least two eggs, but can’t confirm any more than that at this time. The typical clutch size for Peregrine Falcons is 3 – 4 eggs (although, one year this pair did have a clutch of 5).  (more…)

A Possible Third Egg?

With the location of the scrape against the front edge of the nest box and the parents’ skillful measures to keep the eggs hidden, it has been difficult to confirm whether or not a third egg has been laid. We have seen occasional brief glimpses of the eggs, but only one or two have been visible at any given time. However, in the video below, recorded Tuesday, it appears that the male may be arranging three different eggs in the scrape. Again, it is not a clear look, so we can not officially confirm that there are three eggs, but watch below and see what you think. In the meantime, we will continue to keep a close eye on the nest box to see if we can get an accurate count on the number of eggs.  (more…)

Two Eggs!

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Male Peregrine Falcon with two eggs.

Yesterday afternoon, the male peregrine falcon revealed that there are now two eggs in the scrape! The female most likely laid this second egg early Sunday morning or possibly on Saturday evening. Watch the video below for the male’s reveal of the second egg.  (more…)

First Egg Laid!

Late this morning the female Peregrine Falcon laid her first egg of the season! The egg is resting at the bottom of the scrape, which is relatively deep and closely positioned to the front edge of the nest box, so it has been difficult to get good looks at it.  However, a subtle glimpse of the egg could be seen early this afternoon when the male took his first turn sitting upon it. It was seen again later during some other sitting transitions between the female and male and when they both took a break from sitting for a bit late in the afternoon.

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The Cam is Back Online and Now Live Streaming!

DGIF is proud to present the Richmond Falcon Cam in live stream. The Cam will now display a live broadcast as opposed to refreshing a still image every 3 seconds as it had in years past. We are very excited about this update to the Cam and hope you will enjoy the enhanced viewing experience that the live streaming provides.  (more…)

Falcon Activity Resumes at the Nest Box!

Welcome to another year of the Richmond Falcon Cam!

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Male peregrine falcon perched on building parapet.

DGIF staff redeployed the nest box and camera to the ledge of the Riverfront Plaza building on February 18th after confirming that all ledge work has been completed. (You may notice in the photo above that the ledge has been repaved and has new flashing on the walls.) Although the birds themselves were not spotted by our staff while they were out on the building ledge,  we did

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Female peregrine falcon standing in the scrape.

observe the pair on-camera a few times this week as well as a scrape in the nest box. (A scrape is a shallow depression that falcons make in gravel or other substrate for nesting purposes.) Yesterday afternoon, the female was even observed standing in the scrape for an extended period of time; a sign that she may once again select this nest box as her nesting site!

Click the link below to watch a video, in which the falcon pair makes a dramatic entrance into the nest box.

Falcons Make A Dramatic Entrance to the Nest Box

A Note About the Camera Feed:

We apologize for the lack of live video on the Richmond Falcon Cam Blog. We’ve been experiencing some technical difficulties with the camera’s connection to our website and are therefore unable to provide live public viewing of the falcons at this time. In the meantime, DGIF staff are still able to use the camera for  monitoring purposes and will continue to monitor the falcons and share video, photos, and news of their activities on the blog as in years past. Despite these technical difficulties, we hope that you will continue to follow our blog and join us for another breeding season in the lives of the Richmond Falcons.

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