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Peregrine falcons are one of only two birds that can be found worldwide, except Antarctica. Can you name the other bird?
Jersey City Falcon Cam
The Jersey City Falcon Cam streamed the live view from a peregrine falcon nest from 2001 to 2020. The last year that the nest was occupied was in 2019.
Welcome to the home of the Jersey City Falcon Cam – a popular webcam that has captured the annual life cycle of a pair of state endangered Peregrine falcons nesting on a Jersey City skyscraper. This is the 19th season of 24/7 live streaming video, which is the oldest online streaming wildlife focused camera in New Jersey! In 2014, Conserve Wildlife Foundation undertook a fundraising effort to save the Falcon Cam, which was run by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program. We'd like to thank everyone who donated to help keep the Falcon Cam online!! Please consider making a donation to support the Jersey City Falcon Cam.
2021 NestBox News
Usually we would be reporting on activity at or near the nest during this time of year. Unfortunately, this is not the case. We have heard from buidling management and volunteers on the ground who have reported no falcon activity in the area. Given the high cost of internet service and no activity at the eyrie, we will not be activating the camera this year.
We are not sure of the future of the Jersey City Falcon Cam at this point. We urge everyone to tune into the Union County Falcon Cam to watch falcons in another urban environment raise young on the rood of a courthouse in Elizabeth. Thank you to all who have enjoyed and supported the JC Falcon Cam. We hope that falcons will one day return to downtown Jersey City.
2020 NestBox News
Well, this season was quite the disappointment. There was no activity at all on site. We eventually ended the live stream and cancelled internet since there was nothing to see. We remain optimistic to hear of sightings from building engineers of falcons on the building. Until then, the camera will remain offline. Thank you all for watching and supporting this initiative over the past 19 years.
Unfortunately, not much has changed since our last update. The site remains inactive. We will continue to keep the camera online through April.
So far there has been little to no activity around the nestbox atop 101 Hudson St. We aren't sure what might have caused the pair to abandon this site. There could be a new bird who is trying to takeover this nest site. We can't imagine the previous pair simply abandoning this suitable nest site to find another, less suitable area. Could the yellow railing have something to do it? That's quite possible, but only right after it was installed. Things that don't move don't really pose threats to birds, so they would get used to the railing and carry on like normal.
During the past two nesting seasons, we saw egg laying occur during the last week in March (one week from today). We will have to continue to watch and see if any birds begin to occupy the site.
We visited 101 Hudson St. yesterday to make changes to the network configuration to get the Falcon Cam back online. While there we also did some maintenance to the nestbox by cleaning out some prey remains and fecal matter, painted a bit of the inside walls, and replaced the front perch. We also cleaned both camera lenses. All looks well atop 101.
The odd thing is that it seemed eerily quiet up there. There were no birds observed and from what we could tell, it looked like none have been around. The nestbox was dirty and there was no fresh scrape. There was a long dead prey item at the entrance to the nestbox which seemed odd. Some are known to cache food items but usually not during non-breeding season. Some fresh prey remains are typical to see at nests during non-breeding season, but there was none around. As we enter the breeding season we hope to see activity pick up...
We have great news about BM/17, a fledgling from JC last year! She was recently resighted at Liberty State Park. As you may recall (BM/17) was one of two young who were flushed from the roof of the Jersey City eyrie by window washers last summer. Luckily, she was found on the ground the next day and brought to The Raptor Trust for care. A week later BM/17 was reunited with her sibling on the roof at their eyrie.
Shayna Marchese recently captured the photo above of BM/17, who has been hanging out at Liberty State Park this winter. Shayna's photo allows us to identify her by her bands -- black federal band and bi-color state aux. band. This is why banding young birds is such a valuable tool for biologists. We would not know who this bird was without those small leg bands. Thanks so much to Shayna for capturing this photo to confirm that this beautiful young falcon lives on!!
We will be visiting 101 Hudson St. next week to reactivate the JC Falcon Cam. Please stay tuned for more updates.
- Learn more about the history of the Falcon Cam
- Peregrine Project, including past project reports
- Peregrine Falcon information including life history, habitat, range, reproduction, status and conservation.
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