Monday, June 1, 2009

Falcons in SLC

There are some falcons nesting on top of a building in downtown SLC. They have a webcam set up right at the nest and I've been watching as the mom falcon sits on red speckled eggs. I just re-visited today, and there are baby falcons up there now! They are pretty still, so I was worried that something was wrong, but they move around every once in awhile. Unfortunately, it looks like one of the eggs didn't hatch.

You can read about them here:

There's a link to the webcam at the bottom of the page. But it takes about a minute to load, so be patient.

1 comment:

Barney Family said...

Even more interesting, it's a bit difficult for the little ones for learn to fly in the middle of downtown SLC. Sometimes they hit a building or land in the middle of the street. So, apparently, the scientists who watch them can tell when the parent falcons will push them out of the nest based on when they hatch--and avid falcon watchers will start to hang out around that time on the street just below the nest with large beach towels and will attempt to catch them if they have a mishap, or stop traffic for them if they are headed into the street. They have quite a following. (I guess falcons pairs will return to the same nest every year.)