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Joel Jorgensen is a Nebraska native and he has been interested in birds just about as long as he has been breathing. He has been NGPC’s Nongame Bird Program Manager for eight years and he works on a array of monitoring, research, regulatory and conservation issues. Nongame birds are the 400 or so species that are not hunted and include the Whooping Crane, Least Tern, Piping Plover, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. When not working, he enjoys birding.

Peregrine Falcons: History at the Capitol

Ally in 2009

Contributed by Lauren Dinan, Nongame Bird Biologist Each spring old and new Peregrine watchers have questions about the history of the falcons at the Nebraska Capitol.  As we wait for eggs to hatch, now is a good time to provide a “brief history of the Peregrine at the Nebraska Capitol“.   This is the 10th year in a row Peregrine Falcons have nested on the 18th floor of the Nebraska State Capitol building. The first Peregrine Falcoln was observed near ... Read More »

The (other) falcons have eggs, too

American Kestrel male

Yes, the Peregrine Falcons have five eggs.  While you are enjoying the Peregrine Falcons, remember there is another “falconcam”.  We also have a camera peering into an American Kestrel nestbox here at the NGPC headquarter’s building  (see the location on this old post).  The small falcons have also laid five eggs .   Check out this LIVE! streaming video by clicking HERE.  Once there, click the still shot and the streaming video should start.  Internet Explorer does not work on ... Read More »

Five is enough (almost too many)

eggs rolling2

It appears the Peregrines have been overcome by sanity and ceased egg production.   Five eggs is certainly enough and above normal.  Peregrine Falcons nesting at mid-latitudes average about 3.8 eggs per clutch.   If you happened to check the webcam during the weather on Sunday, you might have witnessed that five eggs was almost more than the birds could handle in the rain and wind.  For a while, a couple of the eggs got loose.  Fortunately, Jeanne Hibbert captured some screen ... Read More »

Egg #5

five eggs

First, I have to apologize.  My post is delayed because I am on the road and in the field.   Yup, there are now a whopping five eggs. I think five is enough, but do these birds?   We’ll find out soon enough.  Streaming video is HERE.   Read More »

Another Peregrine Spring

Joel Jorgensen/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

For nearly a decade, a Peregrine Falcon pair have nested on the 18th floor of the Nebraska State Capitol in downtown Lincoln. Also during that time, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, in partnership with the Office of the Capitol Commission, has provided an intimate view of the nestbox via the internet. During the early years, the image quality would be considered poor by today’s standards. A distant camera provided fuzzy still shots every five seconds. Three years ago, equipment ... Read More »

Egg #4

four eggs

Even though we do not know when it was laid due to a brief outage, egg #4 did indeed arrive either late Monday or early Tuesday. That could be it as four eggs is about the average Peregrine Falcon clutch size.  We will know for sure in two or three days.  To see the LIVE! streaming video, click HERE. Read More »

Egg #3

Peregrine with egg #3

The female Peregrine Falcon laid egg #3 at approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning, approximately 62 hours after laying egg #2. The interval between eggs #1 and #2 was approximately 58 hours.  Intervals between later eggs tend to be a bit longer, but perhaps egg #4, if there is to be one, will arrive Monday evening.   Be sure to check in on the LIVE! video feed streaming from the 18th floor of the Capitol, go there now by clicking HERE. ... Read More »

Egg #2

Peregrine with two eggs

As expected, the female Peregrine Falcon laid her second egg late this afternoon. My best estimate is that it took about 58 hours for the number of eggs to double.  I would anticipate a third egg will be laid late Friday or early Saturday.  Visit the LIVE! streaming video HERE.  Enjoy the show! Read More »

Peregrine Falcon primer

Peregrine Falcon

Yes, it is that time of year and if you are not already, it is time to begin enjoying our Peregrine Falcons.  I know many falcon faithful have been diligently watching our live video feed (click HERE to go there now) originating from the 18th floor our state’s Capitol.  With activity poised to take off (pun intended), I’m providing a brief Peregrine primer, below, on what to expect through the progression of the breeding season. A few falcon watchers have ... Read More »