Richmond Falcon Cam

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

Incubation Underway

Incubation is well underway for the Richmond Peregrine Falcon pair. We anticipate that their clutch of three eggs will begin hatching sometime between May 15th – 17th.

Male Peregrine Falcon incubating the clutch.

Third Egg

The female Peregrine Falcon laid the third egg of her clutch over the weekend. It was laid sometime between 9:00 pm Friday evening and 7:40 am Saturday morning.  (more…)

Second Egg

A second egg was laid by the female Peregrine Falcon on Wednesday, April 12th at 5:56 pm.

Look for a 3rd egg to be laid sometime between Friday – Saturday, April 14th – 15th.  (more…)

An Egg!

The new banded female falcon laid an egg today, Monday April 10th, at 3:23 pm!  (more…)

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 banded. Her black and green bands read 70/AV.  (more…)

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.


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…)

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