The peregrine falcon nesting box atop the W.E.B. Du Bois Library is again occupied and on view via the UMass Amherst Falcon Cam, a live webcam.
Watch the falcon pair as they incubate, hatch and nurture this year’s chicks at https://www.library.umass.edu/falcons
There are four eggs in the nest box this season. It has not been determined whether the parents are the pair from 2016 or some other combination of adults.
April 2016 marked the second nesting season for the mated pair that successfully raised two chicks, a male and a female, in 2015.
Of the four eggs laid in 2016, two were not viable. Of the others, the first chick hatched May 18 and perished a day later after choking on food. The second chick, a male, hatched May 21, thrived and was banded by Tom French of MassWildlife on June 13. The chick fledged June 30.
Peregrine falcons have successfully nested on the roof of the Du Bois Library since 2003. The previous pair, which nested there from 2003-14, hatched a total of 37 chicks.
The live webcam was installed in 2012 thanks to the UMass Amherst Facilities Planning Division, UMass Amherst Information Technology, the Libraries’ Systems and Web Management Department, MassWildlife and the Friends of the Libraries.
Questions about the Falcon Cam? Contact Alison Király at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413/545-6156.