Richmond Falcon Cam

Monday, March 31, 2008

Back in Business

Required electrical work at the site resulted tin damage to piece of the falcon cam's network infrastructure. This has been replaced and the cam is fully operational

Camera Outage

We are aware of the outage and are working to correct it. Hopefully the cam will be back online soon.

Monday, March 24, 2008

4th Egg

The Richmond peregrine falcons have four eggs! In all likelihood we won't see any more eggs. although very rarely more then 4 will be laid. Finding room to incubate all four was a bit tricky!

Egg Number 3

Sometime in the afternoon of March 22nd the third egg was laid. We'll keep watching to see if a fourth egg is in the works.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Egg Number Two

Sometime between 11pm on March 19th and 7 am on the 20th the Richmond peregrine falcons laid their second egg. We'll keep watching to see how many eggs form this year's clutch

Monday, March 17, 2008

Egg #1!

After much anticipation the Richmond Peregrine Falcons have their first egg as of about 5:10pm. The female spent most of the previous evening raising hopes that egg laying would be imminent.

More eggs are likely imminent as the pair continue to breed. You'll notice that the egg is not being continually incubated. This is not a cause for alarm. Incubation is often delayed until the last egg is laid. This may be a strategy to reduce the time between hatching for the eggs. Eggs are incubated, on average, for 33 days. Four eggs is a typical clutch, although 5 or even 6 occurs rarely.

For more 1st egg action be sure to check out the Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam - where the 1st egg of a replacement clutch was laid on Sunday.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Scraping

With some tweaking and creative work arounds we've regained most of the camera's functionality, although at times fine control is difficult. Stay tuned as we watch and wait for Falcon eggs!
Both adults spent lots of time at the nest site today, with the female spending most of the afternoon perched on the box or the adjacent ledge. You may have noticed both the male and female scraping or forming a depression in the gravel of the nest box. This behavior probably has as much to do with courtship as it does with nest building.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Technical Issues

Following some extreme weather in the Richmond area last night (high winds, heavy rains and lightning). The Falcon Cam has lost some of its functionality today. While the image is still being fed, many camera controls are unavailable. You may notice intermittent outages today as we attempt to restore camera function.

One of the falcons was seen at the box briefly this morning.