Watch Live Peregrine Falcon Cam Nest Box!
In partnership with Missouri Department of Conservation and Ameren Missouri, the World Bird Sanctuary is pleased to be able to bring you a live video camera on a Peregrine Falcon nest box. Watch a pair of peregrine falcons as they nest and hatch their chicks with our live video feed. During our Falcon Season, the video runs from 7am – 8pm (central time) each day.
Have a Question About Peregrine Falcons? Ask Jeff!
Every May and June Jeff Meshach, Director of World Bird Sanctuary, bands the Peregrine babies in at least 5 of the 7 known nests in the St. Louis area. Jeff considers his banding efforts to be one of the greatest privileges in the world. “Getting to put my hands on the fastest animal in the world, even for just a few minutes, is an unforgettable experience.”
May 24, 2017: Your Questions Answered!
At least to me, it’s more evident than ever the size difference between the 3 chicks that were hatched on 29 April as compared to the 2 hatched on 1 May. The older chicks have feathers coming in on their breasts and more around their eyes, let alone the overall size difference. As I looked this morning, 26 May, all 5 were lined up in front of the box, and it was quite easy to see the differences. Still, the younger chicks seem to be getting their fair share of the prey brought in by the parents. They are growing as rapidly as the older chicks.
Even with the chilly mornings we’ve had over the last few days in the St. Louis area, mom does not have to brood her chicks anymore because the chicks have no issues keeping their constant 104-degree Fahrenheit body temperature. As a comparison, average human body temperature is 98.6 degrees. The difference is because of a bird’s overly active lifestyle. Because most birds have to fly to live, there are more actions and reactions at the cellular level than we mammals. All that cellular activity makes for a warmer internal core. In one of my previous ASK JEFF’s I wrote of a video clip where mom came in to her very young ‘pile’ of little chicks and had quite the hard, but hilarious (from our human view) time settling on all of them to brood them, or keep them warm. Could you imagine if mom had to try to sit on them now? I, for one, couldn’t see that happening.
Only a few questions were asked over the week. Someone asked if the bigger chicks are the females. When I banded the chicks back on 18 May I was able to sex them and found one of the younger chicks was a female and also one of the older chicks was a female. Because a raptor’s legs grow faster than the rest of the body, even at 17 and 19 days old, I could still tell the males from the females (females are larger).
Another asked if both parents are catching prey for the chicks now. That’s a definite yes. The chick’s bodies are growing at a feverish pace, along with every feather. With every feather having a blood supply going to it until it’s full length, the chicks are going through A LOT of food. Even with 5 mouths to feed, though, mom and dad seem to be doing a great job raising the kids.
Talk to you all next week!
Jeff Meshach, Deputy Director of World Bird Sanctuary