Jersey City Falcon Cam
Welcome to the 17th season of the Jersey City Falcon Cam! Since 2000, state endangered peregrine falcons have nested on a skyscraper rooftop in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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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 17th season of 24/7 live streaming video, which is the oldest online streaming wildlife 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.
Above you see two views: one from outside of the nestbox (currently NOT online), and one from inside the nestbox. We hope to get the sound online in early March. If you have any technical problems, please email Ben Wurst.
Jersey City Falcon Cam Interaction
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2017 Nestbox News
Three eggs!! 41/AX laid her third egg on April 24th. See the lump in the foreground? That's a pellet. Many birds, including peregrine falcons, bald eagles, and ospreys all regurgitate pellets of indigestible parts of their prey, which includes feathers, bones, bills, claws, etc... In some species you can even identify the prey from disecting their pellets, which make for a fun science project for kids in school.
Will 41/AX lay another egg??
Love was in the air when Kathy and I visited 101 Hudson St. on April 7. As we replaced the old network wire with a new one, we watched as the nesting pair courted and flew aerial courtship displays in front of us. With NO opposition to our presence, we were a bit taken back by their passive behavior. Typically peregrine falcons always defend their eyrie (nest), especially when they are in the breeding season.
Maybe that spurred recent developments. Specifically the development of two eggs! The first was laid on April 19, the day after we get the camera back online after being offline for several days. Just in the nick of time! Then, egg #2 was laid April 21. They have been incubating the two eggs since the second was laid, so we will be surprised if another is laid.
We are working with our online streaming partner to get both feeds and sound online this week.
On Friday, April 7, I accompanied Ben Wurst to the rooftop to fix the outside camera. As Ben was working on replacing the old Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera and rewiring connections, I walked about the roof. Both falcons were close by but neither in the nest box (as webcam watchers know already). Above the nest box was a dead, uneaten American woodcock, which is an amazing and unlikely prey item in the city! Woodcock are migrating and using marshy areas now, and also do twilight aerial maneuvers that might make them vulnerable to fast-flying falcons.
The female, 41/AX, was perched on the parapets of the roof and always within sight of the nest. It’s curious that she was not especially upset at our presence, and she was quite non-vocal, which is unusual for the start of the nesting season. As I walked past her to check other areas of the roof, she stayed perched for the most part. It was only when the tiercel came over that she flew – with him and vocalizing. He ended up flying fast display patterns for her, and she seemed to invite him toward the nest box with her calls. Ben completed his work on the roof and was inside, and as I kept a watch on the pair, they came together on a parapet perch to copulate.
So there is still hope for these birds and this nesting season! We hope to see the first egg any day now.
-Kathy Clark, ENSP
We've been seeing more of the male and female in the nestbox lately, which is a good sign! Usually in spring when the pair is seen in the nestbox more frequently, it means that the female is preparing to lay eggs. Just yesterday, I caught the male working on the scrape, which is a shallow depression where the eggs are laid. Eggs were usually laid in early April at this site in the past, so they are right on schedule... We are tenatively planning to replace the network cable for the PTZ camera. -BW
We visited 101 Hudson on Tuesday to try and determine the problem with the PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cam that faces the nestbox. We assumed that the camera just needed to be reset. Well, we were wrong. We went through all the steps of trying to access the camera but it was not getting any power. From there it could have been three things: a bad PoE (power over ethernet), network wire, or camera. We really hoped that it wasn't the camera (the most expensive piece of the system) and luckily it wasn't. We removed the camera to test with another wire inside and it worked! So, that meant that the wire was bad. The only problem was that we didn't have a replacement wire that was long enough to make the span... So, we'll be returning to 101 Hudson to make the necessary repairs so that we can have the same view that our falcons have of the Hudson River and the New York skyline.
In other news, we were surprised to see both birds, who showed up right when we were leaving. We snuck outside to try and capture a few photos of them. The female skirted away quite quickly but the new male (we believe he replaced the other new male last year). We didn't see much of his last year, but on Tuesday he was quite content with our brief presence. We're hoping for the best and that they mate this year... We know all our Jersey City falcon fans are eager for some activity this year! --Ben
February 28, 2017
We are working to get the Falcon Cam online. Right now the inside cam is working and no birds have been seen inside the nestbox lately. A visit to 101 Hudson St. is needed since the pan-tilt-zoom camera and audio encoder are not working. In addition, we are having problems getting the live feed from the pinhole (inside) camera online through our streaming partner. Please bare with us as we get the camera online (hopefully this week). We have heard that 41/AX has been seen around 101 Hudson, so we are hopeful for a more positive (and productive!) nesting season this year! Stay tuned! -Ben
- 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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