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2013 Nesting Update

Web Camera Issues: Due to technical problems, images from the nest box will not be available this season. However, we will continue to provide updates on the 2013 nesting activity below. We hope to have a new working camera back up in time for the 2014 nesting season.

May 17, 2013

An adult was observed feeding a pigeon to three peregrine falcon chicks, which appear to be around two weeks old.

May 8, 2013

Because we are only able to observe the peregrine falcons with binoculars and a spotting scope from the Rensselaer Riverfront Park, we do not know exactly what is going on inside the nest box. However, based on behaviors of the adult birds, we believe they may still be tending to eggs or perhaps to recently hatched young.

Collar City Bridge Nesting Activity: For those interested in the peregrine falcons nesting on the Collar City Bridge in Troy, the adults were observed feeding three chicks.

History of Dunn Memorial Bridge Peregrine Nesting

Visit the Albany-Rensselaer, NY Peregrine Falcon Nest Site History web page to read out about the first reported peregrine falcon nesting on the Dunn Memorial Bridge, the initial installation of the live feed web camera, and summaries of nesting activities from previous years.

Watchable Wildlife - Where to View the Nesting Peregrine Falcons

Visit the Rensselaer Riverfront Park on Broadway in the City of Rensselaer. From this vantage point you can watch the adults as they hunt for prey and defend their nesting territory. Once prey is caught it is either consumed immediately by the adults, brought back to the nest box to feed young, or cached (stored) for later consumption. You may also observe the young falcons once they venture out of the nest box onto the top of the concrete bridge pier where they feed, loaf and exercise their wing muscles in preparation for the first flight.

A kiosk at the park contains information about the falcons, as well as other Watchable Wildlife opportunities in the region. Bring along a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope for optimal viewing opportunities.

Directions to the Rensselaer Riverfront Park: The entrance to the park is on Fifth Avenue, a very short street that takes you into the Park from Broadway in Rensselaer. Fifth Avenue is immediately opposite a Dunkin Donuts shop, and is several hundred feet north of the on ramp to head West on Routes 9 & 20. There is a sign for the Park on Broadway.

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